James H. Thomason Library

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Small Business Management

Business Plans

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Statistical Sources
  Demographic Data
  Economic Data
Reference Sources
  Industry Classification Codes
  Industry Reports, Statistics, Ratios
  Company Information
Locating Books
  eBook Collections
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Journal Articles
  Newspaper Articles
  Key Journals, Magazines, Newsletters
  Journal Finder
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Business Plans         back to top

Small Business Planner U.S. Small Business Administration

Business Plan Center
This web site provides examples of award winning business plans.  Please note that some parts of this web site are fee based.  You can access the sample business plans and sample analysis for free.

Small Business Resource Center

Use the "Sample Business Plans" link on the main search page of this database to search the contents of Business Plans Handbook (Gale Pub.), from 1995 to present. Business Plans Handbook is a collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America (note: names and addresses of companies have been changed for anonymity purposes).

Sample Business Plans from the MOOT Corp Business Plan Competition at UT Austin.

Statistical Sources      
Demographic Data  

American Factfinder

County and City Data Book: 2000  U.S. Census Bureau

Economic Data     back to top

Business and Industry: Census Bureau Economic Programs
Includes Economic, Census, Survey of Business Owners, Annual Survey of Manufactures, etc.

County Business Patterns

Select a state from first drop-down menu. After the page for the state level data comes up, click on the state name in the drop-down menu to select a specific county (see South Carolina page as an example).

In addition to county level date, options include Zip Code Business Patterns (works well for smaller population areas,  and Metro Business Patterns .

Current Industrial Reports: CIR 

The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products. The data are used to satisfy economic policy needs and for market analysis, forecasting, and decision making in the private sector. Individual firms, trade associations, and market analysts in planning or recommending marketing and legislative strategies use the product-level data generated by these surveys extensively, particularly if their industry is significantly affected by foreign trade. Although production and shipments information are the two most common data items collected, the CIR program collects other measures also such as inventories, orders, and consumption. These surveys measure manufacturing activity in important commodity areas such as textiles and apparel, chemicals, primary metals, computer and electronic components, industrial equipment, aerospace equipment, and consumer goods. Economic Census

The Economic Census profiles the US economy every 5 years (for years ending in 2 and 7) from the national to the local level.   NOTE: Full data sets currently available for 2002 Census. Limited data sets available for 2007 Economic Census; all data from 2007 Census is expected to be available later this year (2010).

Reference Sources  
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks         back to top k to top

Business: The Ultimate Resource [CREDO Reference] A&C Black, 2005.

The Capstone Encyclopaedia of Business   [CREDO Referenece] Capstone Pub., 2003. Collins Dictionary of Business [CREDO Reference].Rev. 3rd ed.  Christopher Pass, et al., Collins Publ, 2005. Dictionary of American Business.  P.H. Collin, et al, editors.  Peter Collin Pub., 2000. Main Level, Reference: R 650.03 D561D

A Dictionary of Business and Management [Oxford Reference Online], Market House Books Ltd., 2006.  This dictionary includes more than 6,750 entries covering business strategy, marketing, taxation, accounting, operations management, investment, banking and international finance.

Encyclopedia of Small Business.[Gale Virtual Reference Library] Kevin Hillstrom, Laurie Collier Hillstrom. 2nd ed. Gale Research, 2002.

Industry Classification Codes         back to top  

SIC Division Structure [Occupational Safety & Health Administration]
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment
The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) coding system for industries was last updated in 1987. It was replaced by NAICS (see below), but is still in common use.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) [U.S. Census Bureau]
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is a new economic classification system that replaces the 1987 SIC system for statistical purposes. Like the SIC, NAICS is a system for classifying establishments by type of economic activity. Although the principles of the system are the same as for the SIC system, individual industry classification numbers are longer (6 digits) and may vary considerably from the SIC codes. This new system was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, to make international comparisons easier.
1997 edition available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 338.02 N811N (Bernan Press, 1997)

1997 NAICS and 1987 SIC Correspondence Tables

Industry Reports, Statistics, Ratios   back to top

In-depth analyses of key industries in the US and Canada, describing market environment, industry landscape and key market trends for companies and industry sectors

U.S. Industrial Outlook [US Census]

Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios [also known as Troy Almanac]. Leo Troy. Prentice Hall, Inc.; c2001. Main Level, Reference: R 657.3 T759A

RMA Annual Statement Studies  Main Level, Reference: R 338.0973 R54R  2009-2010. Contains composite financial data on manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, service, and contracting lines of business.  Arranged by NAICS code, this work makes it possible to compare one company's performance relative to other companies in the same line of business.

Value Line Investment Survey  [Loose-leaf service -- binders, shelved behind Circulation Desk]. Companies are grouped together by industry.  At the beginning of each industry section is an Industry Overview.

Tips on using—Use index in front of notebook to find page numbers. First page of index is by Industry. The following pages of the index are an alphabetical listing by company name.

Large black notebook = larger companies. Green Notebook = Small & Mid-Cap Edition

Company Information        back to top

Hoover's Handbooks (Hoover's Company Records)Available in LexisNexis Business module.
 ACCESS NOTE: Type company name in top search box, Select "Company Profiles" link on left, then select "Hoover's Company Records - In-depth Records" from "Source" menu box.

Business-LexisNexis  Provides company profiles, financial data, and a "compare Companies" feature.

Value Line Investment Survey  [Loose-leaf service -- binders shelved behind Circulation Desk]. Groups companies together by industry.  At the beginning of each industry section is an Industry Overview.

Tips on using—Use index in front of notebook to find page numbers. First page of index is by Industry. The following pages of the index provide an alphabetical listing by company name.

Large black notebook = larger companies.   Green Notebook = "Small & Mid-Cap Edition"

Also use journal/periodical databases such as Business Source Premier to search for specific companies.

Locating Books    
  THOMCAT back to top

Use THOMCAT, the online catalog, to locate books, movies, and other materials in Thomason Library.  You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              
Covello, Joseph A., 1957-   [as AUTHOR]  
Kroc, Ray, 1902-                [as SUBJECT]  
Kroc, Ray, 1902-                [as AUTHOR]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to small business management.
Business planning -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Creative ability in business
Electronic commerce
Internet marketing
New business enterprises
New business enterprises -- Management
New business enterprises -- Planning
Small business -- Planning
Small business -- Finance
Small business -- Management
Small business -- Marketing
Small Business Management Handbooks Manuals Etc
Success in business
  • KEYWORD searching will generally retrieve more hits, although results may not be as precise as with a subject search.
  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Place exact phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

 Add * to the root of a word to truncate and expand
a term:

plan* = plan, plans, planning, planners, etc.


 Use AND between words to narrow your search:
restaurant* AND accounting


Use OR between related or alternate words
to expand your search.
restaurant* OR eating establishments OR cafe* .

Group OR terms with parentheses when including an AND term.
marketing AND ( restaurant* OR eating establishments OR cafe*)

Try KEYWORD searching

with THOMCAT, other library catalogs,

and the Library's journal databases

eBook Collections    

EBSCO eBook Collections

[Includes combined contents of EBSCO eBook Collection and EBSCO eBook Academic Collection] Over 100,000 full-text ebooks covering a variety of disciplines.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan  

WorldCat – A catalog of books and other materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries.  This service is used to borrow books or acquire photocopies of articles available from libraries nationwide. Check link for instructions.

Locating Articles    
Journal Articles   back to top

Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]
Pascal Logo  
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Business Source Premier [EBSCOhost] http://www.presby.edu/library/guides/images/pascal_logo.gif
Nearly 200 of the more than 2300 journals and magazines included in full text cover accounting and taxation.  Citations are provided for articles from approximately 50 other periodicals that cover accounting and taxation.  Additional full text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

 Newspaper Articles/Reviews  


Business articles and detailed financial data about companies

News - LexisNexis
Full-text U.S. & international newspapers, magazines, newsletters & journals.

The New York Times Archive [1851-2005]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.
NOTE: For more recent coverage of NY Times, use News LexisNexis databases, or go to http://www.nytimes.com

Key Journals, Magazines, Newsletters back to top

American Journal of Small Business


Fortune Small Business


Journal of Small Business Management

Sales and Marketing Management

Small Business Advocate 

Newsletter published by the U.S. Small Business Association, Office of Advocacy. Details economic developments and regulatory trends related to small business as well as the latest initiatives of the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.

Journal Finder  

Journal Finder places information regarding access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.

Web Sites back to top

See also web sites for business plans above.

Entrepreneur.com FINDLAW Small Business Center 

FindLaw's Small Business Center provides information and resources for small business owners, and help for entrepreneurs seeking to get a business idea off the ground. Here you can get information on choosing and forming the right legal structure for your business, legal tips on day-to-day business operations, an overview of employment law issues, and much more. 

SCIWAY (South Carolina Information Highway). Portal to a variety of web resources, including business organizations , business directory, cities & towns, county info, etc.  Also publishes the online newsletter SCIWAY News.

Small Business News  (CNNmoney.com)

Small Business News (BusinessWeek.com) Starting A Business (Internal Revenue Service). Provides links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business. It also provides information to assist in making basic business decisions.
ThomasNet (online version of Thomas Register) Search ThomasNet to find manufacturers, distributors and service providers throughout the U.S.

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