An associate of mine just reminded me of something bloggable.
Are you taking full advantage of your local public library?!
I’m not. So, I spent a little bit of time comparing new business needs to what might be there. Beyond the obvious traditional business and trade periodicals, here are some perhaps less obvious resources worth exploring:
- Databases (ABI/Inform, ProQuest, ReferenceUSA etc.)
- Hoover’s Company Records (an abbreviated version)
- State public records
- Encyclopedia of American Industries (and others like it)
- Investors’ tools (Morningstar, Standard & Poor’s, etc.)
Start by calling the reference librarian. They are experts in understanding their in-house resources and can introduce you to this world.
Don’t think the above list applies to your library?! Maybe, maybe not. A conversation with my friendly reference expert suggests that what they pay for Hoover’s, for instance, is based on local population. So it’s absolutely worth a phone call to see what’s available.
Best of all, many of these are available online. Your local tax dollars at work! You may have to have a library card to access the information. Check with your local library for the details.