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Business Filing Databases 
Access to state websites that provide corporate and business filings online. Other public business records are frequently available as well.

Starting, Growing, Assessing, Exporting, Opportunies, Resources for Veterans, and Disaster Assistance. 

FTC Opportunities 
Considering the route to business? Check information from the Federal Trade Commission to become more aware of business opportunities.

International Business Etiquette, Manners, and Culture
Having a successful business means that one must become observate to customs across the globe.  This website will make you aware of etiquette in the United States and abroad.

IRS for Small Businesses 
Connect to information for small businesses from the Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource link on the website of the Internal Revenue Service. Find information on a variety of business topics as well as tax topics specific to the business owner.

SCORE-Counselors to America's Small Business 
The online web site of SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, in partnership with the Small Business Administration. SCORE aids in the formation and growth of small businesses.

Small Business Administration 
An award-winning site from the federal government's Small Business Administration that provides information and services to the business community.

Small Business Administration Licenses-Permits Search's Business Licenses and Permits Search Tool allows you to get a listing of federal, state and local permits, licenses, and registrations you'll need to run a business. By noting the location of your business and choosing a business type, you'll get a results page showing federal, state and local licenses you'll need along with links to web pages, application forms and instructions. For local permits, links to local government websites and contact information are provided.

Small Business Development Center's Small Business Toolbox
Links for Ohio Small Businesses about almost everything.


Federal Reserve System
Key banking and economic data available links to all 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks


Consumer Price Index
Monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services

County and City Data Book
Most comprehensive source  of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Raids Online
Crime events, dates, offenders, and more.


Budget of the United States Government
Every government’s department budget released by the executive office of the president.

Commerce Business Daily
Awarded contracts

Economic Report of the President
Council of Economic Advisors Report


Digest of Education Statistics
Compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school

Food-a-pedia,  food tracker, physical activity tracker, weight manager, top goals…


Endangered Species Bulletin
Endangered Species Database

Reports by area of interest including air, waste, facility, land, toxics, compliance, water, radiation, and others….

Environmental Protection Agency
Science research, human health research, pesticides and food, emergencies, hydraulic fracturing, lead, mercury, and more….

Toxics Release Inventory
Management of over 650 toxic chemicals that pose a threat to human health and the environment.

Toxic Substances Portal
ToxFAQs, medical education and training, toxicological and health professionals, substance list


Census of Agriculture
Fact sheets on:  Demographics, economics, farm numbers, geographic practices, and production

Foreign Agricultural Service
Marketing, exporting US products, buying US products, data, commodities

United States Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Service
Animal products, crops, farm economy, farm practices, food and nutrition assistance, food choices and health, food markets and prices, food safety, international markets and trade, natural resources and environment, and rural economy and population

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
Conducts surveys on production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid, and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, changes in demographics of US producers and more….


Food and Nutrition Service
SNAP, WIC, Food Safety, Child Nutrition, Disaster Assistance, Grants, USDA Food Facts


Zip Business Patterns
Business counts by size for hundreds of industries….plus summaries by zip code


EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval)
What is going on inside your company? The SEC provides access to documents from company filings, mutual funds, and variable insurance products.

SEC’s Investor
Ready to invest, 5 questions to ask before investing, protect your money, ask and check (research).  The SEC provides an introduction to the markets, investing basics, research and managing investments, employment to retirement, and life events.  Life change-marriage, birth, inheritance?  This is the place to start.

US Securities and Exchange Commission


Code of Federal Regulations
A codification of general and permanent rules published by the department and agencies of the Federal Government.


ODOT Photo Archieve
Look up information on accidents, bridges, environments, flooding, symbols, logo, rail, and traffic.


Electric Power Monthly
Statistics on net generation by energy source; consumption, stocks, retail sales, revenue, and cost of fossil fuels; and capability of new generation units by company and plant.

Statistics of Communications Common Carriers
Revenues, communication (local, national , and international), phone numbers assigned by type

NAICS (North American Industry Classification System)
The standard used in classifying business establishments.

Catalog of Federal and Domestic Assistance
Used to identify federal sponsored organizations and assistance programs to individuals and all levels of government.

US General Service Administration
Per Diem Rates, POV mileage reimbursement, GSA Advantage, GSA Recovery Act, GSA Schedules