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The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.
City-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs available anywhere. Data are recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNN Money, and the President's Council of Economic Advisors.
Contains composite financial data on manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, service, and contracting lines of business. Arranged by SIC code, this work makes it possible to compare one company's performance relative to other companies in the same line of business.
Tips for Researching Financials
Find a comparable company in Mergent Intellect and use their business expenditures as a benchmark.
Look for books and articles about running a business in your area.
Talk to actual vendors to find out actual costs in your area for rent, etc.
Look for local real estate costs, local insurance rates, cost of equipment from local providers, etc.
Check out the Small Business Administrations steps to starting a business.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives estimates for salary ranges by occupation.