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Information Sources for your Business Plan

How to do Market Research, Industry Research and Business Research
In your business plan, you will need to show that you understand the industry that you are entering (industry research), the size and characteristics of your market (customer market research), and your competitors (business research). Your local librarian can help you find information. You can also visit the business library of your local college or university.

In addition, most libraries now have access to online business databases for business research. You must have a library card to access them. Click here to visit your library's database resources.

Click here for a tutorial on how to use the Internet and your library for business research. This tutorial is from City College of New York, but includes sources that you can find at most libraries.

Click here to find tutorials on how to use individual databases.