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Find Market and Industry Reports and Stats
A tool that let's you explore U.S. Census data, which includes information about the population, business and economy, and state and local governments.
Easy access to US Census data, easily create data visualizations with Census data.
U.S. business-to-consumer market research & psychographics
Statistics & studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, etc
Trends, statistics, & analysis of U.S. industries
Demographic & psychographic data, brand & media consumption
Topics in Market Research
Demographics of the most typical customer, and psychographics, if available
Industry and geographic concentrations of customers
Market Size, Growth, Needs, and Trends
Number of potential customers and total sales
Forecast for market growth
Demographic, social, and technological changes that support growth estimates
Needs and desires the product or service can fulfill
Emerging trends and changing customer needs in the market
Major competitors and their locations, strengths, and weaknesses, their goods/services, and pricing
Barriers to entry
Small Business Reference Center
This is a great place to start for how-to information on opening and running a business. Look for the example business plans in the start-up kit.