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Over the next few days you and I are going to talk about starting a business. What is the process we need to go through and questions we need to ask, and the planning that needs to be done. We will go through the step by step process.
I am providing you with a lot of resources as you start looking at data that will affect your startup. You need to know where to go to find the information that you need.
Business Data & Statistics
Get access to data and statistics on your competitors, industry and target customer groups.
General Business Statistics
Find statistics on a variety of industries and business conditions.
As a business owner, you will need a solid understanding of your market and current economic conditions to plan for business growth and success. The following resources provide statistics on a variety of U.S. industries and business conditions.
Find information about your potential customers and consumer market.
Every business needs customers to be successful. The more you know about your potential customers and your consumer market, the better equipped you'll be to market your products and services effectively. This list of resources can help you find more information on the topics that are essential to business success.
Find out more about the population and uncover information that can be used in your business research efforts.
Demographics are the characteristics of a human population. This information is often used by small business owners to conduct research into where opportunities exist within their market and in developing appropriate business and marketing strategies to target customers. Use the statistical resources below to help you find out more about the U.S. population and uncover information that can be used in your business research efforts.
A variety of economic indicators can affect your business. These resources cover these and other statistical data that can be useful to your business research and planning initiatives.
A variety of economic indicators can affect your business, from unemployment rates and number of loans granted to small businesses to current interest rates. These resources cover major economic indicators and other statistical data on the U.S. economy and can be useful to your business research and planning initiatives.
Research useful statistics on employment trends throughout the U.S.
The amount of money the public has for spending will vary by employment rates. The more that people are employed, the more money they will have to buy products and services. As a business owner, you'll need to understand how current economic indicators affect your business, especially employment rates. The resources listed here will provide you with useful statistics on U.S. employment in order to follow trends.
View national statistics on income and earnings to help ensure that your pay rates are fair based on the marketplace.
Your review of national statistics on income and earnings will help ensure that you pay rates that are fair based on the marketplace. The resources below will provide you with current statistics on income and earnings of people in the United States.
Money & Interest Rates
Find information and statistics about exchange rates, interest rates and general stock measures.
Financial factors affect every business. For example, variations in interest rates and exchange rates can either add or remove some of the profits that your business makes, and some of the purchase power that consumers have. Explore the resources listed below to find current information and statistics about exchange rates, interest rates and general stock measures.
Production & Sales Statistics
Explore statistics on the production and sale of goods in the United States.
The production and sale of goods in the United States can be an indicator for several factors that impact your business, such as a rise or decline in retail spending, demand for products or services, or supply costs. Visit the resources below for statistics regarding the production and sale of goods in the United States.
Trade statistics are often indicators of sales performance and the role competitors play. Find statistics on U.S. trade and exports that matter to your business.
Trade statistics are often indicators of sales performance, such as export sales, national and international demand, alternative markets, and the role competitors play. On this page you will find statistics on U.S. trade and exports.
Statistics for Specific Industries
Find specific industry information to help you create a business plan, refine your business strategy and manage your business.
A great deal of data about specific industries is collected by federal government agencies. This information can be valuable when developing your business plan, refining your business strategy and managing your business over time.
For information on the standards used to classify industries and businesses, visit the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS Codes) website.
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