Business & Investing

Online Learning
Gale Courses*
Free online business and computer classes for Southfield and Lathrup Village residents. Classes are led by qualified instructors and available 24/7.
Planning Your Business
Business Decision*M
Locate marketing data geographically, create reports & maps.
Business Forms & Letters |
Hundreds of free samples.
Business Owner's Tool Kit
Commerce Clearing House.
Small Business |
Official business link to the US Government.
Demographics Now: Business & People*M
Locate marketing data geographically, create reports & maps.
Does Your Business Need a License?
Search the State of Michigan's licensing web site to see if your business needs to be licensed.
Michigan Business One Stop
Information about doing business in Michigan, from licensing & permits to tax registration & unemployment insurance.
Small Business Resource Center*M
Learn how to start, finance and manage a small business. Includes sample business plans.
Start Up Forms from the State of Michigan
For corporation, LLCs, LLPs, and Limited Partnerships. Forms for assumed names are available from the County Clerk.
Source for small business advice, help starting a business & entrepreneur forum.
Templates for Your Business
Downloadable templates - from cash flow statements to sales forecasts.
Financing Your Business
Business Entity Search
Search for company records of all kinds.
Debunking the Business Grant Myth
Includes links to legitimate money sources.
Great Lakes Angels
Individuals who promote entrepreneurship by investing capital.
Growing Your Business
Doing Business with the State of Michigan
Learn how to become a vendor to the State of Michigan.
SCORE Resources for Business Growth
Managing Your Business
Getting a Bar Code
Uniform Code Council (registration & fees required).
IRS Small Business & Self-Employee One-Stop Resource
Provides extensive tax information & online tools.
Business Support Organizations
Automation Alley
A technology cluster that promotes productivity, innovation & new business growth.
City of Southfield's Business Development Team
Assists businesses in many vital ways.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Find quick facts about Michigan business, start-up financing, labor information & more.
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center
Provides counseling, training, research & advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses& innovative technology companies.
Oakland County Business Development Services
Information & support for small business in Oakland County.
SCORE Detroit Chapter
Free counseling for entrepreneurs.
Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Supports the local business community.
US Small Business Administration
Independent government agency that helps businesses start, grow & succeed.
Company & Industry Information
Searchable database of US companies' annual reports.
Business Insights: Global*M
Find company profiles, industry surveys, news articles & more.
Business Rankings Annual*
"Top ten" rankings of companies, products, and services compiled from a variety of sources.
Current Industrial Reports
Reports from the US Census Bureau on the manufacturing, mining & construction industries.
EDGAR Database of Corporate Information
Searchable database of SEC filings.
Fortune 500
The current list plus archives.
Business Collection*M
Find current news & magazine articles on all kinds of businesses.
North American Industry Classification System.

Business & Residential directory.
SIC Codes
Standard Industrial Classification Codes.
Thomas Register
Find the right product, service, or supplier for your business.
Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico*
International Business
Country Business Guides
Market profiles of countries from the US Commercial Service.
Index of web sites that analyzes a country's stability from different perspectives.
Doing Business
A guide for evaluating regulations that impact economic growth in 178 countries.
Global Edge
A wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
US Department of State Business Center
Business Statistics
Consumer Price Indexes.
Economic Indicators
Daily releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis & the US Census Bureau.
Employment, Hours & Earning
Detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers from the Bureau of Lab Statistics.
FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
Search & download data from this source of regional & national financial & economic data.
Michigan Labor Market Statistics
Find unemployment & other statistics.
Monthly Labor Review
Fact, analysis & research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Producer Price Indexes.
Survey of Current Business
Articles on the latest national, international, regional & industry economic estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Investing & Finance
Bank Rate
CDs; mortgage rates; comparisons.
Big Charts
Stock/mutual fund quotes from 1985-present.
Measuring Worth
Calculate the value of money from 1790-to present.
Current & historical.
Morningstar Investment Research Center*
Investment ratings and advice on companies, funds, ETFs and markets.
Currency rates; market analysis; travel expense manager.
U.S. Saving Bonds
Official source for paper savings bond information.
U.S. SEC Investor Education & Assistance
Helps individuals invest wisely & avoid fraud.
Value Line Research Center*
An investment advisor for stocks, mutual funds, options, convertibles & ETFs.
*Denotes premium source may be used from anywhere with your Southfield Library Card.
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