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Evaluating Website Content
"Is this a valid resource for my research needs?" Investigate all websites for accuracy, authority, currency, coverage, and objectivity.
This award recognizes three websites annually that are highly relevant to business reference. Complete list available from the BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites Award site.
"Provides free rate information to consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees." BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites Award 2009 recipient.
Stock charts, screeners, interactive charting and research tools from MarketWatch. BRASS Best of the Best Business Website Award 2010 recipient.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (.gov)
"The principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy." From the U.S. Department of Labor. BRASS Best of the Best Business Website Award 2011 recipient.
Doing Business (.org)
"The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level." From The World Bank. BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites 2013 recipient.
Articles, videos, tools and services related to business topics. BRASS Best of the Best Business Website Award 2014 recipient.
Resources for entrepreneurs from The Kauffman Foundation. BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites 2014 recipient.
Federal Reserve Economic Data - FRED - St. Louis Fed (.org)
"Download, graph, and track 240,000 US and international time series from 76 sources." BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites 2012 recipient.
A source for global business knowledge. Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University. BRASS Best of the Best Business Website Award 2012 recipient.
Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (.gov)
"Produces new, cost effective, public-use information combining federal, state and Census Bureau data on employers and employees under the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership." Part of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. BRASS Best of the Best Business Website Award 2011 recipient.
National Association of Home Builders (.org)
"NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority." BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites Award 2011 recipient.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (.gov)
A guide to career information about hundreds of occupations from the U.S. Department of of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites Award 2013 recipient.
Non-profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses through education and mentorship. Support from the U.S. Small Business Administration. BRASS Best of the Best Business Website Award 2014 recipient.
Small Business Administration (.gov)
The U.S. SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites Award 2009 recipient.
World Bank Data (.org)
"Free and open access to data about development in countries around the globe." BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites 2013 recipient.
Search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system. From the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. BRASS Best of the Best Business Website Award 2010 recipient.
Government resources are generally authoritative and reliable sources of information.
Select local resource sites.
Selected Government Websites
American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau)
Population, housing, economic, and geographic information. Search data from major surveys and censuses, including: American Community Survey; American Housing Survey; Decennial Census; Economic Census; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation; Population Estimates Program; Puerto Rico Community Survey. Download data, create a thematic map, access and customize reference maps.
Resources for starting a business or non-profit organization; financing; exporting or importing; federal government contracts; and state business resources.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Library
"...contains a wealth of information, from unclassified current publications to basic references, reports and maps. The Library features our most popular publication, The World Factbook, and our online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. It also features numerous documents and articles of historical significance, including those found in Studies in Intelligence."
Especially useful for international business information. Trade Data; "Doing Business In" Guides; International Logistics; Promote Products Overseas; and more.
United States Department of Commerce
Houses the: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA); Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); U.S. Census Bureau; Economic Development Administration (EDA); Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA); International Trade Administration (ITA); Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); National Technical Information Service (NTIS); U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (United States Department of Labor)
Inflation & Prices; Pay & Benefits; Spending Time & Use; Employment; Productivity; search a database or create a customized table; access Occupational Outlook Handbook; and much more!
THOMAS (Library of Congress)
Browse or search for legislative information.
Selected Local Resource Websites