Business & Economics

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  • Small Business Reference Center

    The Small Business Reference Center is EBSCOhost database specifically for small business owners and aspiring owners. The site offers a multitude of articles and videos regarding planning and starting a business (or non-profit); the basics of running a business and keeping it relevant in an ever-changing climate; information on legal issues, marketing, and taxes & accounting; as well as start up kits and forms to help you from your first steps into business to your last.

  • Personal Finance Resources

    Most everybody has to understand how to handle finances at some point in life. So if you’re ready to get your finances in order, our BCPL reference staff has created the right pathfinder for you. This compendium of books and websites will help you gain control of your finances, prepare for unexpected expenses, and help you get on the path to financial well-being.

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Business Directories

Allbusiness.com
Associations (IPL) - Directory of over 2,000 associations.
Hoover's, Inc. - Company information.
Industrial Quick Search
Kentucky Secretary of State's Business & Organization Search
MacRAE's Blue Book - National industrial directory.
Sweets Catalog - Construction product marketplace.
ThomasNet - Find manufacturers, distributors, service providers.

General Business Information

AcademicInfo: Business Degrees, Schools & Resources Online - Information on business schools, plus links to online journals, research tools, databases, and more.
Currency Converter
Current Industrial Reports
Investor Words Dictionary
NAICS and SIC Classifications

Labor & Economy

Economic Report of the President
Federal Reserve of St. Louis Regional Economic Data (FRED)
Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
Census Economic Briefing Room
Measuring Worth - Graphs, data sets, and calculators. Daily stock indexes, inflations rates, exchange rates, etc.
Minimum Wage Q&A (U.S. Department of Labor)
US Department of Health and Human Services Annual Poverty Guidelines
US Department of Labor
Kentucky Career Center - KY labor and employment statistics.

Personal Finance

Bank Rate Monitor
Credit Card Information
Currency Converter
Financial Planning & Retirement (AARP)
Free Credit Report
Home Fair - Offers financial calculators for mortgage payments, home affordability, etc.
Mortgage and Financial Calculators
Motley Fool - Investment, personal finance, and retirement information.
MyMoney.gov

Small Business Information

Business Advice & Counseling (SCORE)
Greater Louisville Small Business Development Center
How to Start a New Business (KSBDC)
Kentucky Business Filings Forms
Kentucky Small Business Resource Guide (SBA)
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Kentucky Secretary of State Business Services - Download business filings forms, search the online business database, access the Uniform Commercial Code, etc.
Kentucky Small Business Development Center Resources (KSBDC)
Small Business Planner (SBA)
US Small Business Administration Services

Statistics & Demographics

American FactFinder
Bureau Labor Statistics
CIA World Factbook
City Data (Kentucky Bigger Cities)
Census Economic Indicators
County Business Patterns (U.S. Census Bureau; can also search by zip code or metro area)
Kentucky Economic Census
Kentucky State Date Center
Kentucky Career Center - KY labor and employment statistics.
Statistics of U.S. Businesses (U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Statistics

Stocks & Investing

American Stock Exchange
Dow Jones Indexes
NASDAQ - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation.
New York Stock Exchange
Online Publications for Investors (SEC)
Standard & Poor’s Indices