Business Research


Business & Marketing Research Databases

Use your library card number to access these resources.

  • BusinessDecision - (CivicTechnologies) Comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better understand the consumer marketplace.

  • Business Insights: Global - Case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by country, company, and industry.

  • Demographics Now - Robust and highly-detailed demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more. Reporting capability allows you to rapidly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions.

  • Gale Directory Library - Business Rankings Annual, Ward's Directory of Public & Private Companies in USA, Canada & Mexico. View over 100,000 U.S. companies, listing the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, and financial performance. 

  • Michigan Legal Forms - Legal and business forms to fill in, save, print, and file including incorporation, accounting, power of attorney, and business trade name. Legal definitions, attorney directory, legal Q & A, tax forms – business taxes, new business registration also available.

  • Morningstar Library Edition - Mutual funds and stock information recommendations and education. Morningstar ratings, and investment indexes and groups.

  • Reference USA - Directory of business and residential information. Also includes job postings and consumer/lifestyle marketing information. Resource has a powerful advance search using many useful criteria to easily get to relevant results.

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

  • S & P NetAdvantage - Comprehensive Investment Information. Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, EFT's, and Company Profiles. (Replaces S&P print products.)

  • ValueLine (In-library use only) Find extensive financial and statistical data on stocks. Includes recent news and analysis. Educational tools for building an investment portfolio.
  • Morningstar Library Edition - Mutual funds and stock information recommendations and education. Morningstar ratings, and investment indexes and groups.
  • S & P NetAdvantage - Comprehensive Investment Information. Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, EFT's, and Company Profiles. (Replaces S&P print products.)
  • ValueLine (In-library use only) Find extensive financial and statistical data on stocks. Includes recent news and analysis. Educational tools for building an investment portfolio.

Internet Business Resources 



Please Note: The following links are supplied for informational purposes only and are not supported or endorsed by the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library or the City of Midland. The library gives careful consideration to the resources that it provides for the community and does not accept solicitations for inclusion to our pages.


  • Entrepreneurship.org - View topics relevant to the business owner including Entrepreneurial Life, Legal matters, Marketing & Sales, Money, Planning & Strategy, and Talent & HR.

  • IRS Small Business & Self-Employed - Tax forms and publications for small businesses with assets under $10 million. Find the Employer ID Numbers form and how to file self employment and small business taxes.

  • MeL Business Gateway  - Library of Michigan eLibrary provides support and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Explore resources, identify key partners, and conduct research.
  • Thomasnet  - Find the supplies you need to run your business.



Library Presentations



Starting a Business - The Library hosts an information session most months of the year. Click here to view the dates and how to register


Chamber of Commerce Small Business Presentation, Nov 5, 2014



updated 6/22/17