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Trade & Professional Associations
Associations provide information on the industry with which they are affiliated. The sites below may help you find a relevant association.
Business News Sites
Search for information on your company or industry in the news sites below.
The website of the print and digital "Bloomberg Businessweek" with sections on Global Economics, Companies & Industries, Markets & Finance, Small Business, and more.
Business on NBCNews.com
Business section of the NBC News website.
This website is a service of the cable news channel CNN and the magazines "Fortune" and "Money."
Website of "Marketplace" radio shows produced by American Public Media for public radio stations. This website focuses on a wide variety of topics related to business and economics.
Published by Dow Jones & Co., MarketWatch provides "business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary and investment tools and data." (Quote is from the website itself.)
This global news agency provides much valuable business and economic information.
Accessing Local Business News
You may be able to find information on your company or industry in local business publications. Use the links below to access such publications.
There is some overlapping of the links on both of the sites below, but each site does have links the other one does not provide.
Links to relevant federal government sites may be found on the Government Links page of this resource guide.
Internet Sites on Specific Industries
Commercial Construction Index (CCI)
A quarterly economic index designed to gauge the outlook for, and resulting confidence in, the commercial construction industry.
Published by the USG Corporation & U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Industries in 2019
Register on this page to download this free report of The Economist Intelligence Unit that examines the biggest global risks facing businesses in six key industry sectors:
2) Consumer goods and retail.
4) Financial services.
Search Your NAICS Code on the Internet
Search the internet for NAICS plus the code for your industry.
For example, google NAICS 511130 for internet sites on the Book Publishers industry.
To find out what the NAICS code for your industry is, go to the NAICS & SIC Codes page of the Industry Ratios Resource Guide.
Evaluate the sites you find for trustworthiness. Not all Internet sites are trustworthy or appropriate to use as research sources.
The linked-to document below gives advice on how to evaluate sources.
If you have any concerns about the credibility of an Internet site, consult your instructor or a librarian for evaluation assistance.
Internet Sites for Company & Industry Information
The internet sites below contain good information on companies and/or industries.
Look also at the website of the company you are researching and at the website of related trade association(s).
At this site, you can search for many public companies and get online access to their latest annual report and Form 10K as well as a link to the company's website.
Look up your company by its ticker symbol. Click on the links above the chart for further info on your firm. Company ratios can be found in the profile link. See the links below the chart for company news and press releases.
Big Charts is a part of the MarketWatch website published by Dow Jones & Co.
"BizStats is the leading free online source for small business statistics." BizStats is run by the Brandow Company of Camp Hill, PA, which also produces BizMiner, "publisher of more than 4 million online industry trend reports." (Quotes are from the website itself.)
At this section of the globalEDGE website, you will find "international business-related resources, statistics, risk assessments, and events for 20 distinct industry sectors." (Quote is from the website itself.)
In addition to the introductory page that comes up for each industry, click on the links in the left column for further information.
Market Research Links from the SBDCNet
These link directories contain web resources sorted by type of industry.
Market Research Reports from the SBDCNet
The SBDCNet's market research reports cover industry trends, market statistics, customer demographics, recent business articles, and links to industry trade associations
To find data on a company, type its ticker in the "quote" box or the firm's name in the "search" box. The initial page has a variety of information on it. Further details are available by clicking on the menu options underneath the company's name: Chart, Stock Analysis, Performance, Key Ratios, Financials, etc. Note that stock analysis is not available without a subscription.
Public Register's Annual Report Service
Use this site if you need a free print copy of an annual report of a company traded on the NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, OTC or TSX exhange.
Special Reports of the Economist Intelligence Unit
These free reports provide information on macroeconomic events, country affairs and issues affecting industries.
To access a report, you will need to register.
Enter your company's stock symbol in the "Enter Symbol" or "Quote Lookup" box to retrieve information on the firm. In the left column, there is an "Industry" link. Click on it for information on the industry.