Business Search Interface (EBSCO) - The Business Search Interface (BSI) is a browsing friendly way access tens of thousands of items including company profiles, country reports, market research reports, journal articles and more from BUSINESS Source Premier.
Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO) - Resource focused on the small business owner. This database can be searched or browsed in the following ways:
Browse by Category
- Business Areas (Including accounting, business and the internet, financing a business)
- Industry Information by Small Business Type (Including art/graphic design/photography, crafts, research services)
- Business Basics (Including doing business on ebay, hiring the first employees, starting a business from home)
- Start-Up Kit & Business Plans (Including Writing a business plan, cash flow request, loan request)
Browse Popular Sources [Business Books], including:
- Legal Forms for Starting a Small Business
- Working for Yourself
- Complete Guide to Buying a Business
Small Business Reference Center User's Guide
Small Business Reference Center PowerPoint Tutorial
Small Business Reference Center Flash Video (3 minutes)
Alaska Specific Business Information (Through SLED)
These Alaska-specific resources and more can be found on the SLED Business & Commercial page at http://sled.alaska.edu/business.
Alaska Department of Law Consumer Protection Unit - From the website, "The web site offers resources and information to help Alaskan consumers in making wise purchasing decisions and avoid becoming victims of consumer fraud. The site also includes information and forms for businesses and organizations (telemarketers, charitable organizations, paid solicitors, and sellers of business opportunities) that are required to register with the Department before conducting business in the state."
This site also has a topics index on the right hand side of the page. Topics include advertising, alaska consumer laws, debt collection, mail order & direct mail and telemarketing.
Results include detailed tables and charts plus links to relevant Alaska Economic Trends articles when they exist.
The tools section is divided up into business phases: think, launch, grow, reinvent and exit. Some of the tools are:
- Break Even Worksheet
- SBDCNet Research Packet
- Fiscal Physical Checklist
- Profit Plan and Cash Flow Projection
- What is your business worth?
The workshops offered by the SBDC take place in six locations: Anchorage, Bethel, Juneau, Ketchikan, South West (Kenai Peninsula) and Wasilla.
- ID: 1478 The Chaninik Wind Group Tobias Schwoerer, Ginny Fay, and Dennis Meiners November 2011
- ID: 1447 Rural Broadband: Opportunities for Alaska Heather E. Hudson November 2011
- ID: 1367 Alaska Energy Statistics 1960-2009 Data Ginny Fay, Alejandra Villalobos Melendez, and Amber Converse September 2011
- ID: 1344 Alaska's Petroleum Industry: Transformative, But is it Sustainable? Scott Goldsmith April 2011
- ID: 1474 Social indicators for arctic tourism: observing trends and assessing data Ginny Fay and Anna Karlsdottir March 2011
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1) Go to the Business Search Interface. Click on Company Profiles. Find the Microsoft Corporation company report. Open the Datamonitor Report. Who is the Chief Financial Officer? What did he do before coming to Microsoft?
3) Staying with the Small Business Reference Center, find at least one item using the browse by category. What did you find? Use the browse by popular resource to look at one or two books. What did you find and did they look helpful to you and your patrons?
8) Do you see a need for business information in your community? If so, what kinds? Do you think the resources here can make some or all of your communities business information needs?