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Small Business Resources



Wayne Public Library Downloadable Resources

Request for Business Assistance Form
Business Resources Brochure
Library Card Application for Wayne Residents or Business Owners
(business must pay City of Wayne taxes).


SCORE Canton Public Library
SCORE Howell Public Library
SCORE Ann Arbor
Schoolcraft College Small Business Development Center

SCORE Mentoring

Request face-to-face mentoring appointment
SCORE Mentoring
For small business questions: send them to our website www.detroit.score.org
- Green box on the right "Request a meeting"
Fill out the info and answer the "What is your question"
Someone will respond in 48 hours

-tab Mentoring then "Face to Face Meeting" or "Email mentoring"
Email mentoring gets a faster response

  Click to find books on small business.

Business Websites

MeL Indicates content provided by MeL, the Michigan eLibrary. If not accessing in library, you will need a Michigan driver's license, state I.D., or Wayne Library Card in order to log in.  

Business Planning

Business Decision
Combines geographic information system (GIS) technology with extensive business, demographic and consumer household data to help grow and develop your business. You will need to create an account to use this database.

Business Owner's Toolkit
Guides, tools, & templates for small businesses.

Business Plans & Financial Statement Templates
Downloadable template gallery from SCORE

Business Plans Handbook
Find inspiration for your business plan in these detailed business plans written by entrepreneurs.

Business USA
Official business resources link to the U.S. Government.

Does Your Business Need a License?
Search the state's licensing website to see if your business needs to be licensed.

Resources and articles for startups from business plans to finance & marketing.

Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business provided by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center.

Resources and tools for Michigan business owners, powered by the MORE program.

IRS Starting a Business
Information and resources from the Internal Revenue Service.

Wayne County Clerk's Office
Information and FAQ's for starting a business in Livingston County.

Michigan Treasury Online
Resources and tools from the State of Michigan.

Professional and Occupational License Search
Verify a license, registration, or permit.

Small Business Resource Center
Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.

Start-up forms from the State of Michigan
For corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships.


Business Law

FindLaw for Business
Locate legal information related to business topics.

Major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.

Gale LegalForms
Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format are provided to help users with their legal needs - whether for business, personal or litigation purposes.


Grow and Manage Your Business

Contract Connect
Your guide to doing business with the State of Michigan.

Getting a Barcode
How to obtain a barcode for your product.

Great Lakes Angels
Accredited investors who promote entrepreneurship by investing capital.

IRS Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Center
Provides extensive tax information and online tools.

PTACS of Michigan
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Michigan provides local businesses with the resources and know-how to successfully obtain government contracts.

Trade Show News Network
Global resource for trade shows and exhibitions. Searchable by industry.




Associated Newspapers
Wayne Eagle, Westland Eagle, Canton Eagle, Inkster Ledger Star, Romulus Roman and Belleville Enterprise.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit News

New York Times
1985 - present.

Business Support Organizations

Automation Alley
A technology cluster that promotes productivity, innovation & new business growth.

Michigan Advantage
Find quick facts about Michigan business, start-up financing, labor information & more from the Michigan Department of Economic Development.

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center
Provides resources and tools for small businesses in Michigan.

The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse serves the Small Business Development Center Network and America's small business community. Market research reports and more for small businesses.

Resources for business growth.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Planning tools and services.

Wayne Chamber of Commerce
Wayne Chamber of Commerce.


Company & Industry Information

Searchable database of company annual reports.

Business Entity Search
Search for company records of all kinds through the Michigan Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

EDGAR Corporate Information
Searchable database of SEC filings.

Fortune 500
The current list plus company snapshots.

General Business File ASAP 
Provides access to broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.

North American Industry Classification System

SIC Codes
Standard Industry Classification Codes.

Thomas Register
Comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America.


International Business

Business Insights: Global MeL
Research and analyze companies, industries, and economies around the world.

Doing Business
Provides objective measures of business regulations that impact economic growth in 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational level.

Resources, webinars and solutions to help businesses export. "Doing Business In" guides for more than 100 countries.

Global Edge
A knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities. Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University

Online directory of International Service Providers. Market analysis & tips.

International Market Research
Market profiles of countries from the U.S. Commercial Service.

A world of information from the United Nations Statistics Division.

U.S. Department of State Business Center
Business support, trade policies, and country commercial guides.


Business Statistics

Consumer Price Index
Monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

Current Employment Statistics
Detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economic Census
Profiles U.S. national and local economies every five years.

Economic Indicators
Monthly releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis & the U.S. Census Bureau.

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
Search & download regional and national financial and economic data.

Michigan Labor Market Information
Employment trends, wages, and jobs in demand.

Population and Economic Data for Michigan
County business patterns and other demographic info.

Producer Price Index
Average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output.

Demographic, transportation, economic, land use, and public safety information from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Survey of Current Business
Articles on the latest national, international, regional & industry economic estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis


Marketing: Demographics/Consumer Habits & Trends

AARP Surveys and Statistics
National and state-based research on the needs, concerns, and interests of AARP members and the 50+ population as a whole.

American Customer Satisfaction Index
The ACSI produces indexes for 10 economic sectors, 47 industries (including e-commerce and e-business), more than 230 companies, and over 100 federal or local government services.

American FactFinder
Population, housing, economic, and geographic information.

American Time Use Survey
Statistical survey on how we spend our time.

Census Atlas of the United States
Topics ranging from language and ancestry characteristics to housing patterns and geographic population distribution. Nearly 800 maps are included.

Consumer Expenditure Survey
Information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics.

County/Zip Code Business Patterns
Subnational economic data by industry & establishments/employee size.

DemographicsNow: Business & People
Robust and highly-detailed demographic data, ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.

Provides access to official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. Data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.

Patchwork Nation
Demographic and economic data for every county in the U.S.

Pew Research Center
Social & demographic trends.

Population and Household Economic Topics
Data by subject.

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives
Topics at a Glance, offers a sampling of dataset holdings on a variety of issues.

State & County QuickFacts
Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography.


Investing & Finance

Business Credit Cards
From Credit Card Insider, a resource for unbiased consumer and commercial lending options.

Annual Report Research Center
Search for free, full-text annual reports by ticker symbol/company name.

Comprehensive, unbiased data on banking, mortgage, and financial rates.

Big Charts
Historic stock quotes

CNN Money
Info from editors of CNN and Money Magazine.

Information and advice for investors from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, including a BrokerCheck tool to investigate the background & qualifications of investment professionals.

Resources and tools for wise investing from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Measuring Worth
A service for calculating relative worth over time.

Learn stock market investing, index funds, valuation models, and more.

Current and historical exchange rates, market analysis and currency converter.

U.S. Savings Bonds
Official source for savings bond information.

A special thanks to the Howell Carnegie District Library, who compiled this list.

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