Business & Consumers

Databases

Available in            the LibraryAvailable from HomeBusiness Source Elite (in-library and home access)
This business database provides full text for over 1,000 business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included.
Available in the Library Available  from Home Reference USA (in-library and home access)
ReferenceUSA is the leading provider in business and consumer research. Its databases provide access to more than 20 million businesses and 222 million consumers, making market research easy and fast.
Available in the Library Available  from Home Regional Business News (in-library and home access)
Provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Available in the Library Value Line (in-library access)
Available  from Home Value Line (home access)
Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, intelligently presented both in print and online, plus objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools.

Websites

Chambers of Commerce
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
Membership organization whose mission is to improve the business climate in Arkansas
Springdale Chamber of Commerce
A membership organization of business and community leaders serving as the voice of the Springdale business community.
Arkansas Government Sites
Arkansas Department of Health
Occupational licenses, certification, and permit requirements.
Arkansas Department of Labor
Find a roster of licensed electricians in the state, license renewals, wage claims assistance for workers, and safety training materials for employers.
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
State commission that leads statewide economic development, creates targeted strategies which produce better paying jobs, promotes communities, and supports the training and growth of a 21st century skilled workforce.
Arkansas Energy Office
2004 Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction, residential and commercial compliance software, energy efficient building design,renewable energy links, energy efficiency assistance programs and more.
Arkansas Business News
Arkansas Business.com
A weekly journal featuring Arkansas business and industry.
Northwest Arkansas Business Journal
A bi-weekly publication that focuses on business news in Northwest Arkansas.
Business Directories
Forbes Lists
The Forbes lists include everything from best homeschooling websites to best cities for singles, as well as best companies, schools, and more.
Hoovers
Find company information searching by name or geographically.
The National Green Pages
The Co-op America Business Network directory of "values-driven" businesses.
The Organic Pages Online
The Organic Trade Association consumer's guide to organic products, producers, and service providers.
ThomasNet
Search for industrial information, products, services, CAD drawings, and more.
Small Business & Startups
AllBusiness
Business articles, videos, company profiles, blogs and podcasts for business decision making. Includes widgets, polls, buyer’s guides, directories and more. A Dun and Bradstreet site.
Center for Business Planning
Business plan samples, software, strategy and resource links.
SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business"
Free and confidential advice and resources for starting or operating a business from a volunteer organization of over 10,500 business owners, executives and corporate leaders.
The Foundation Center
The web version of The Foundation Directory (SPL call number 061 Fou). Information for nonprofit enterprises and grant-seekers. Subscription may be required for access to some resources.
The International Franchise Association
Information on starting, buying or running a franchise, franchise assessment tools and more.
The Kauffman Institute
The Kaufman Foundation provides grants for education and entrepreneurship and hosts Entrepreneurship.org, an interactive web resource for practical business information, contacts, tools, and advice.
Small Business Government Resources
Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center
A University of Arkansas-based economic development program which provides assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the state.
Business Gateway to the US Government
The official business link to the federal government. Includes information on business licenses, government contracts and federal business grants and loans.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.
National Credit Union Administration
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the independent federal agency that charters and supervises federal credit unions.
Office of Women's Business Ownership
Provides technical assistance to women entrepreneurs who are economically or socially disadvantaged. Offers comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help women start and grow their own businesses.
Small Business Administration
An agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.
U.S. Minority Business Development Agency
A federal agency dedicated to advancing the establishment and growth of minority-owned firms in the United States.
Walton College Small Business & Technology Development Center
A regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
Advertising and Marketing
American Fact Finder
The U.S. Census Bureau collects data from approximately 3 million households each year as part of the American Community Survey and other surveys. Demographic and economic data is available here and through the American Community Survey site.
ClickZ Network
Interactive marketing news, research, opinion and information including ClickZStats, trends and statistics.
Know This
Web resources for advertising, selling, promotion, electronic commerce and research arranged topically for easy browsing.
Investment
Big Charts
Current and historical stock prices.
EDGAR
Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval. Financial statements of public companies filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Investor's Clearinghouse
Organization dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages.
IRIN: the Investor Relations Information Network
Financial documents and corporate information for more than 3500 companies.
Money Chimp
A useful and accessible financial education resource.
Path to Investing
A comprehensive and non profit/non commercial suite of websites that provides tools, resources and up-to-date information on basic personal finance concepts.
SEC Investor Information
Publications, cost calculators and research tools.
Real Estate
Creative Real Estate Online
Online real estate investment site.
Eppraisal
For drive-by appraisals, demographic information by city/state, and links to real estate professionals and certified appraisers.
Freddie Mac
Consumer information, calculators and property listings.
Ginnie Mae
Mortgage calculator, rent vs own calculator, property owning information.
Housing and Urban Development Homepage
HUD home locator, tax credits, and other home ownership programs.
Economic and Demographic Data
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer prices, consumer spending, producer prices, employment costs, statistics, and tables.
Melissa Data
Demographic data including both free and fee based information.
Resources for Economists on the Internet
Sponsored by the American Economic Association.
Consumer Links
Arkansas Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division includes consumer tips and alerts, Do Not Call list, and consumer and Medicaid fraud complaint forms.
Bank Rates
Information on mortage rates, refinancing, investments.
Better Business Bureau
Complaint and performance histories for business or charitable organizations. Includes current consumers scam alerts as well.
Consumer World
This guide to over 2000 consumer resources includes links to online customer service departments, consumer agencies, and consumer bargains.
Consumer.gov
Consumer resources from the federal government.
Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Consumer Assistance
Read about your rights as a consumer and how to remove your name from telemarketing lists.
Household Products Database
The National Institutes of Health provides this database of ingredients and health effects from the Material Safety Data Sheets for over 7000 consumer brands.
Organic Consumers Association
Provides information on organic foods and food safety.
Federal Consumer Action Website
One-stop source for information about consumer problems and government services.
National Consumer Law Center
Helps consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice.
Recalls.gov
Provides alerts about unsafe, hazardous or defective products,
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Federal agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products.
Consumer Reports
ConsumerReview
A user-generated buying advice site for outdoor sporting goods and consumer electronics.
ConsumerSearch
Product reviews collected and ranked for hundreds of products.
Epinions
A consumer reviews platform that provides in-depth product evaluations and personalized recommendations.
Consumer Credit
Credit Counseling of Arkansas
"CCOA is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to helping people manage their finances and solve their debt problems through free counseling, free seminars and a debt management program."
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Credit page
Information on the free annual credit report, credit repair, privacy, report scoring, and more.
Free Annual Credit Report
This central site allows you to request a free credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
Insurance
Arkansas Insurance Department Consumer Services Division
The AID helps consumers with complaints and questions about insurance companies, adjusters and agents. Links to Arkansas Medicare, Worker's Compensation Commission, Long Term Care Ombudsman, and more.
HealthDecisions.org
Sponsored by America's Health Insurance Plans, includes news and information, a learning center, and portals for many types of insurance.
Insurance Information Institute
Information about all types of insurance, industry financials, studies and hot topics.
Quotes and Comparisons
Insure.Com
A comprehensive array of information on life, health, auto, and home insurance including articles and decision-making tools.
InsWeb Insurance Services
Quickly compare insurance quotes.
Product Support
Instruction Sheets by Manufacturer
Hundreds of manufacturer links to obtain product instruction sheets and manuals.
User Manuals
User manuals and user guides for equipment such as mobile phones, photo cameras, monther boards, monitors, software, televisions, DVD players and more.
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