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Venture Reference

  1. 1. Venture Reference Common Sources for Business Questions Jennie Burroughs Steve McCann University of Montana
  2. 2. Audience  ◦ Demographics ◦ Experiences ◦ Problems Common Questions
  3. 3. Planning a new business  Ready for the next level  Job hunter  Community “watchdog”  Scenarios
  4. 4. Resources for helping a user who is starting a new business The New Entrepreneur Photo from Flickr; cc yodel anecdotal
  5. 5. Montana Business Quarterly  ◦ Online through Wilson, Ebsco, Infotrac ◦ ISSN: 0026-9921 Fed “Beige Book”  ◦ http://www.federalreserve.gov/FOMC/BeigeBook/2009/ ◦ Look for 9th District – Minneapolis 9th District Fed  http://www.minneapolisfed.org/ research/data/district/forecast/ New Business: Economic Landscape
  6. 6. US Industry Trade American Factfinder   Analysis ◦ County Business Patterns  http://tse.export.gov/ ◦ Business Statistics by Zip Code ◦ http://factfinder.cens us.gov New Business: Industry Analysis
  7. 7. Industry analysis  ◦ Gale Encyclopedia of Organizations Current Industrial Reports – Census.gov  ◦ http://www.census.gov/cir/www/ BizInfo Library:  http://www.bizinfolibrary.org New Business: Industry Analysis
  8. 8. Competition  ◦ Who are your competitors? Local competitive  data: ◦ City Clerk's office ◦ County Clerk's office ◦ Chamber of Commerce ◦ County Business Patterns – CenStats  http://censtats.census.gov/ Paid Databases:  ReferenceUSA New Business: Competitive Analysis
  9. 9. Demographics State & County   Quickfacts: ◦ Population Characteristics http://census.gov/  “market segmentation”  “demographics” Psychographics  Statistical Abstract:  ◦ Personality Aspects http://www.census.gov/co “behavior”  mpendia/statab/ “decision making”  “attitudes”  “perceptions”  “lifestyles”  New Business: Demographics & Psychographics
  10. 10. More Statistics to support business plans  ◦ Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ ◦ Department of Transportation: http://dot.gov/ ◦ Energy Information Administration: http://www.eia.doe.gov/ New Business
  11. 11. Small Business Administration  ◦ http://www.sba.gov ◦ Small business planner ◦ SBA loans ◦ Loads of advice New business
  12. 12. Business.gov  ◦ http://www.business.gov New Business
  13. 13. Resources for entrepreneurs seeking the next step The Mid-career Businessperson Photo from Flickr; cc Jotpunkt
  14. 14. Small Business Administration (again)  ◦ http://www.sba.gov ◦ Good advice for expanding your business ◦ Advice for selling your business ◦ Counseling opportunities (SCORE) Next steps
  15. 15. Business.gov (yes, again)  ◦ http://www.business.gov ◦ Advice for expanding businesses ◦ Staying compliant ◦ Government contracting Next steps
  16. 16. FedBizOps  ◦ http://www.fbo.gov ◦ Source for government contracting opportunities ◦ Replaced Commerce Business Daily (CBD) in 2002 Grants.gov  ◦ http://www.grants.gov ◦ Grants for special projects/initiatives ◦ Opportunities for business as well as non-profits Later funding opportunities
  17. 17. Grow your network  LinkedIn  ◦ http://linkedin.com Twitter  ◦ http://twitter.com Facebook  ◦ http://facebook.com Next steps
  18. 18. Resources to help job seekers find a new path, get connected, and find open jobs. The Job Hunter Photo from Flickr; cc Whiskeyboytx
  19. 19. Montana Unemployment Insurance  ◦ http://uid.dli.mt.gov/ Federal Information on unemployment  ◦ http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/unemployment- insurance/ You’re not alone (aka unemployment  statistics) ◦ http://www.bls.gov/bls/unemployment.htm Unemployment benefits
  20. 20. Occupational Outlook Handbook  ◦ http://www.bls.gov/OCO/ ◦ Explore career options, outlooks, salaries Career OneStop  ◦ http://www.careeronestop.org/ ◦ Federal & state info for retraining, resume & interview advice, self-assessment & career exploration Job & Career Information (DoL)  ◦ http://www.doleta.gov/jobseekers/ New directions
  21. 21. Many local, state, and national sites with  opportunities: Monster.com  ◦ http://www.monster.com/ Yahoo! Hot Jobs  ◦ http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/ Career Builder  ◦ http://www.careerbuilder.com Craig’s List?  ◦ http://craigslist.com Job Opportunities
  22. 22. Simply Hired  ◦ http://www.simplyhired.com LinkedIn  ◦ http://www.linkedin.com Job Opportunities, cont.
  23. 23. Montana JobLinc (Job Seeker Services)  ◦ http://mtjoblinc.mt.gov Jobs.mt.gov  ◦ https://jobs.mt.gov USA Jobs  ◦ http://www.usajobs.gov Job Opportunities, cont.
  24. 24. They want to know where government funds are going and which businesses are benefiting The Community “Watchdog” Photo from Flickr; cc Janos Szudi
  25. 25. http://www.recovery.gov Recovery.gov
  26. 26. USAspending.gov http://www.usaspending.gov
  27. 27. http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cffr.html Consolidated Federal Funds Report
  28. 28. Edgar (SEC filings) http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml
  29. 29. Motley Fool  ◦ http://www.fool.com/ Morningstar  ◦ http://www.morningstar.com Forbes  ◦ http://www.forbes.com/ Investment Research
  30. 30. Suggestions?

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