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Websites & Articles

A wealth of data including financial ratios, business statistics, and benchmarks, on a wide range of industries.

Delaware Corporate Information

Look up exact legal names, date of incorporation, and related information of Delaware entities.

Elements of Effective Market Research

The author posts a series of questions to help you hone in on the key elements of market research.

Free Data from

A cheaper version of it's free! Database includes economic, demographic, income and labor market information.

Internet World Stats

Internet World Stats features world Internet Usage, Population Statistics, Travel Stats and Internet Market Research Data, for over 233 individual countries and world regions. Internet World Stats is a useful source for travel and hotel stats, international online market research, the latest Internet statistics, world Internet penetration data, world population statistics, telecommunications information reports, and Facebook Stats by country.

Kauffman Research

The Kaufman Foundation is renowned for their "New Economy Index" that ranks states on technological indicators such as the education levels of the workforce or the number of patents filed. A great resource for all kinds of technological indicators.

Market Research on a Tight Budget

Useful, common-sense, and mostly free market research ideas.

Marketing Tactics Worth the Money-

Advice on how to get the word out about your company in the best and most cost-effective way possible. Discusses the most effective marketing and advertising techniques, such as getting yourself noticed by search engines and generating word-of -mouth advertising that is crucial for the profitability of any small business.

SBA's Market Research Course

You have a great product or service, but who are your customers and how can you reach them? This course will give you an overview of how to identify your customer and how to market to them.

SEC Info

"Securities Information from the SEC EDGAR database for sophisticated business professionals. We simply publish SEC/CSA Filings, filed by companies, institutions and individuals..."


Statista aggregates statistics and studies from market researchers, organizations, specialist publications, and government sources.

U.S. Census Bureau

Access the results of the 2000 Census, 2007 Economic Census and other household and economic indicators.

UC San Diego's Digital Collections

Currently totaling 105,547 research data sets, images, documents, video and audio recordings.

Use Online Listening for Competitive Research

"Wish you could afford to sharpen your communications through customer understanding? And obtain actionable tips quickly on a budget? It's your lucky day. This post will show you how to learn more about your customers than you do now to improve your communications efforts all by digging into data you already have or have access to."


"ZoomProspector speeds up and simplifies the process of site selection analysis so that companies can quickly identify the optimal location for their business start-up, expansion or relocation. Businesses define the community and property characteristics that are important to them. Then ZoomProspector uses its online mapping technology to search and display the locations that exactly match the company's needs. ZoomProspector objectively identifies the optimal communities for your business based on consistent, third-party data so you can truly compare apples-to-apples for all locations in the United States."

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