EC 320: Entrepreneurship (Frum)
The following sites provide information on business startups, business plans, etc:
- Small Business Administration
Try this site first! District office 1-303-844-2607
- Business Plan Preparation
Templates, spreadsheets, sample business plans, informational links
- Colorado Small Business Development Centers
Official Colorado State site; 255-3844
- Colorado Springs Small Business Resource Guide
Hosted at UCCS. Local Colorado Springs and Colorado information.
- Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library Contains several reference sources: Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce, Business Plans Handbook, Encyclopedia of Small Business.
U.S. government information for the business owner – statistics, regulations, guides.
- Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado
- SCORE for CS
(For templates see also check out Micorsoft Office templates.)
Consult recent articles for information on trends.
- Business Source Complete
- Coverage: 1886 - current
- A comprehensive source of indexing and abstracts for over 3,000 periodicals, most full text. Also includes monographs, country economic reports, industry reports, company profiles, working papers, SWOT analyses and author profiles. Supplemented by Regional Business News and seminar videos. Coverage of marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance, econometrics, economics, international business, and more.
- LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
- Coverage: 1977 - current
- Access to popular press material such as newspaper articles. Also contains law review articles.
The following sources contain information on population, age, income, and consumer expenditures.
- American Factfinder
Demographic information from the Census; zipcode and other geography.
- Colorado Economic And Demographic Information System
Colorado county statistical information
- Rand McNally Commercial Atlas and Marketing Guide
DOCS ATLAS G1019.R225 2 vol. Annual
Good demographic volume combining income and expenditures.
- Cole’s Cross Reference Directory: Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Region
REF DESK F784.C7 C6 Annual
- US Industry and Trade Outlook Broad overviews, global and national trends and forecasts.
- Statistical Universe
Search industry or product name for sales data.
Public company and competitor information. Large industry outlook publications.
- Hoover's Online
Easier to use than Mergent above. Quick access to industry and competitor data.
- Zipcode Data on Industries
Number of industries and businesses located in a zipcode area.
Find quality Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters, Importers, Buyers, Wholesalers, Products and Trade Leads.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Search for patent and trademark information.
- Trade Show Calendar
Use to locate a trade show for your product.
- Small Business Federal Tax Information
IRS business information.
- Standard Rate and Data Service located at UCCS Library
UCCS REFERENCE HF5905 .S792
Advertising rates in periodicals/newspapers. You can also try locating advertising rates on a magazine/newspaper’s website
- Thomas Register
Directory of manufacturers.
- A few Google suggestions for finding manufacturers for prototypes –
use search terms fabricators or prototypes with manufacturers and the material type. Example: Star Prototype
- Excel spreadsheets for the class are located on this ERes Page