3. Some high quality information is not available for free on the web.
While you can find some good information online if you are willing to spend the time looking for it, often the best sources of business information will cost money. sometimes a lot of money. before making a business decision, it is good to understand the types of information that can be available. Depending on your business, sometimes paying money for good information will pay off many times over in the long run. As one example of the type of in depth information that is available for businesses, you can look at some of Langsdale's marketing research reports available through several of our databases, such as IBISWorld, Business Source Premier and Mintel
The Census Bureau has tons of demographic and industry data all available for free. Because there is so much available, it is often hard to sift through all of it. Here are some tutorials that can help find certain types of information. There often is more than one path to get there, so if you have found another way that works for you, don't fret if these tutorials show you something different.
We've created a video guide for a few of the useful business resources. Each video is about 3-4 minutes and will give you a brief overview of the website or database. (Note, some of these require Flash Player.)