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We are pleased to offer Mergent Key Business Ratios. Find valuable business information for U.S. companies updated weekly. All you need is a Library card and PIN.

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Business databases
Available from home or office. Library card and PIN required.

  • Library card and PIN required.Advertising RedBooks
    Provides information on advertisers, including annual advertising budgets, brand names, current agencies, and key personnel as well as advertising agencies’ annual billings, accounts and areas of specialization.
  • Library card and PIN required. Business Insights: Global
    This database provides statistical data, company and industry information, case studies, comparison charts, and much more on global businesess and economies.
  • Library card and PIN required. Business Plans Handbook 
    Provides a collection of business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.
  • Library card and PIN required. Business Source Complete
    Provides full text for over 2,100 journals in many areas and includes market research reports, industry reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses.
  • Library card and PIN required. D and B Million Dollar Database Premier 
    Find directory information on both public and private companies with more than a million dollars in revenue. Company profiles include sales, number of employees, contact and location information, and executive biographies.
  • Library card and PIN required. DemographicsNow 
    Provides detailed demographic information for use by businesses and entrepreneurs, including data such as income, housing, race, age, education, consumer expenditures, and more.
  • Library card and PIN required. Gale Directory Library
    Provides detailed directory entries from publications like Market Share Reporter, Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory, and the Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media among others.
  • Free Web site. Kansas City Business Journal 
    Highlights local news, employment opportunities and career advice from 41 major city business journals, Including the Kansas City Business Journal
  • Library card and PIN required. Kansas City Star Plus Kansas Newspapers 
    Read the full articles online from The Kansas City Star and other Kansas newspapers.
  • Library card and PIN required. Mergent Key Business Ratios 
    Includes industry norms and key business ratios - collected weekly, maintained daily, and constantly edited and updated.
  • Library card and PIN required. Mergent Online 
    Mergent Online offers detailed financial data for public U.S. and international companies. Find more than 100,000 current and historical annual reports as well as detailed company histories.
  • Library card and PIN required. Mergent Web Reports 
    This search interface for Mergent Online lets you locate equity reports according to their buy/sell ratings. In addition, the Mergent Web Reports interface also includes a search for corporate manuals, industry reports and company profiles.
  • Library card and PIN required. Morningstar Investment Research Center
    Find data on stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds. Read analyst reports and opinions on investments.
  • Library card and PIN required. Regional Business News
    Regional Business News provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).
  • Library card and PIN required. ReferenceUSA - Video tutorial available! video

    Provides detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses, and 210 million U.S. residents.
  • Library card and PIN required.Small Business Reference Center
    Provides a wide variety of information for business owners and entrepreneurs, including interviews, lectures, video tutorials, help in creating business plans, and other resources for small businesses, including full-text books from NOLO.
  • Available at the Central Resource Library only. SRDS (Standard Rate & Data Service) 
    SRDS provides profiles of media entities across multiple categories. You can evaluate potential avenues for marketing and advertising with policy, contact information and statistics available in each profile.
  • Library card and PIN required.    Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage - Video tutorial available! video

    Offers access to stock reports, company reports, industry surveys, and fund reports, including features and commentary from Standard & Poor’s on topics such as the economy, daily stock market activity, industry sectors, stocks, bonds, funds, and investment strategies.
  • Library card and PIN required.  Value Line 
    Provides stock reports, mutual fund reports, and investment information. Current investment news as well as up to the minute market reports can also be found.
  • Library card and PIN required.  Wall Street Journal 
    Provides full-text articles, commentary and editorial opinions from The Wall Street Journal
More Resources

  • Free Web site.Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC)
    The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) was founded for the purpose of developing and implementing economic development initiatives that would positively contribute to the quality of life for Latinos in Kansas City.
  • Free Web site.SCORE – America’s Small Business Counselors
    The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small business. This group offers free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives along with workshops.
  • Free Web site.The Enterprise Center of Johnson County
    This group provides office space to budding small businesses, small business consulting and finance consulting services for a fee.
  • Free Web site.Kansas Women’s Business Center (KWBC)
    This program of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County is geared specifically towards helping women entrepreneurs, the KWBC offers counseling, mentoring, training, and community networking opportunities.
  • Free Web site.Johnson County Community College Center for Business & Technology
    The Center for Business and Technology is committed to the lifelong learning of organizations and individuals in the greater Kansas City area. The Center strives to maximize the success of businesses, professionals and individuals by serving their current and emerging education, training and development needs to best serve its customers and JCCC.
  • Free Web site.Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC)
    The mission of the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College is to increase economic prosperity in Kansas by helping entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their businesses through professional consulting, training, and resources.
  • Free Web site.KCSourcelink
    KCSourceLink’s mission is to help small businesses in the 18-county Kansas City region grow and succeed. They provide small business with free, easy access to the help they need.
Recommended Business Books
Titles selected by librarians to help you through the process of starting a business, learning about leadership, or answering your legal business quesitons. You can place holds on these books (and others!) with a library card and PIN. 

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