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Business & Investments


On this page are links to a few key sources of online information in the following areas:



From the series "Small Business Solutions" at the Library:



Local Business News

American City Business Journals
Search all 41 regional business journals or navigate to local issues such as The San Francisco Business Times, The San Jose Business Journal, The East Bay Business Times.

SF Gate: Business, Technology and Finance
Business section of the San Francisco Chronicle.
A service of the San Jose Mercury News.


Company Information

Business & Company Resource Center - Library card required for home access
Brings together in a single database company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Forbes Lists of Best Companies
Includes Fastest-Growing Techs, 200 Best Small Companies, 400 Best Big Companies, Beyond the Balance Sheet, Top-Earning CEO's and many other useful resources.

Free Annual Reports
Users can view annual reports from over 3,600 publicly traded companies.

New Businesses - New Businesses is found in the ReferenceUSA database and has more than 50,000 new businesses added each week. Search by business name, contact information, business type or business filing type.

ReferenceUSA - Library card required for home access
This product contains two databases. The first, All U.S. Companies, is based on the American Business Disc, which provides information on key executives, sales volume, number of employees, and parent and subsidiary relationships for over 10 million U.S. companies. The second database, Consumers, contains residential listings for the entire U.S., with median income and median home value from the U.S. census where available.

SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR)
Use this database to find the 10-K annual reports and other documents that publicly-owned companies must file with the SEC. Reports are also available for companies that started the IPO process but remained private. Filings go back to 1996, and same day filings are available.

Thomas Register
This database of U.S. manufacturing companies is searchable by product, brand name, or company name. Free registration required.

Includes content of Thomas Register and the Thomas regional directories. Can search by product category or company name, but not by brand name.

Top Bay Area Companies
The SF Chronicle's searchable database of the Bay Area's top 200 publicly-owned companies.

Top 1,000 Manufacturing Companies
Industry Week's database of the world's top 1,000 publicly-held manufacturing companies, based on revenue.


Industry Information

Alacra Industry Spotlights
This wiki presents some of the only free industry information on the Web. Includes links to online sources along with commentary on dozens of industries from defense to video games.



Gale Directory Library - The Gale Directory Library hosts a variety of directory products that particular libraries can choose from. Use it to search, sort and export information both from current directory editions as well as prior editions that are maintained as searchable backfiles. Multiple directories can be cross-searched. Or users can mine individual directories for the particular kinds of data they contain, such as financial information for companies, circulation figures for publications, and much more. Gale Directory Library includes Encyclopedia of Associations.


Starting a Business

Procedure for Starting a Business in Alameda County
Expert advice and key links.

Online Small Business Assistance Center
This site from the California Franchise Tax Board provides essential information for starting a business, running a business, or closing one down.

Business Permits Made Simple: CALGOLD
CalGOLD provides businesses with information on permits and other requirements of California agencies at all levels of government, including addresses, telephone numbers, and links to agency Internet web pages.

California Commerce & Economic Development Program
This Agency web site brings together many resources to encourage business development in the State. See especially Permits & Licenses for a link to the online version of the California License Handbook.

SCORE East Bay Office
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) holds frequent low-cost workshops for potential small business owners. Some of the topics covered are: business basics; business plan; financial planning; retail basics; and import/export. They also provide face-to-face and email counseling.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
It's a wonderful source of publications on topics of interest to small business.

Legal Forms
Gale Legal Forms provides a wide selection of California legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in plain English.

Small Business Resource Center - Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

NetLibrary eBooks - The ebook collection includes Cliffs Notes, Nolo self-help law books, computer books, business and career titles, and a wide variety of general interest titles.



General BusinessFile ASAP - Library card required for home access
Use this business database to find business & trade journal articles on companies, products, industry trends, marketing, and management topics.



American Factfinder
Relatively easy-to-use interface to the Census Bureau's vast files of demographic and economic statistics.

Federal Reserve System
Economic data including current & historical interest rates, exchange rates and more.


Global Marketplace

Deloitte Global Country Guides
These reports contain detailed information on doing business or investing in 60 key nations. Covers tax and investment considerations, HR regulations and visa requirements.

Europages, the European Business Directory
Contains 500,000 companies in 21 business sectors. Can be searched by company name, country, and product or service.

Global EDGE
This rich portal site from the University of Michigan contains country insights, market potential indicators and links to a wealth of global business resources by country or topic.

Global Road Warriors
GRW has country-based e-content for libraries containing information for business people, students and travelers, with maps, country and trade reports, cultural, media, holidays, trade information and much more.

International Business Culture and Etiquette
International Business Culture and Etiquette



Morningstar - Library card required for home access
Contains Morningstar's premier content including independent opinions on stocks and mutual funds, as well as screeners and a Portfolio X-Ray to help you make solid investment decisions.

BigCharts provides free access to professional-level research tools like interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis, intraday stock screeners, and market news & commentary. Especially useful for finding historical stock quotes.

Top financial news, currency rates, stocks, mutual funds, IPO's, quotes and charts.
A comprehensive investing site with market news, quotes & charts, educational articles, and extensive links to company research.

American Association of Individual Investors
Education, tips and investment insights from the American Association of Individual Investors. Searchable.


Personal Finance

BankRate Rate trend news and calculators for mortgage rates, credit card rates, car loans and more. There is lots of advice on getting and staying out of debt, investing and managing your money. The site has easy to use tables, although it is marred by lots of advertising.

Debt Advice
Debt Advice This site from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling provides a directory of phone and online debt counselors, a budget calculator, and links to local programs (visitors type in a zip code).

Financial Tools and Planning
This site from the Bank of America contains overview articles and interactive planning tools related to saving and budgeting, loans and credit, education expenses, car purchase, home purchase and retirement.

Personal Financial Education
"There's a lot to learn about money" from the Federal Reserve. This contains consumer-oriented articles on banking, loans and credit, mortgages, interest rates and consumer protection including an article on identity theft.