Business Center Collection and State Library Resources


Growth and Development

Sailor - Maryland’s Public Information Network 
Maryland’s Public Information Network provides links to community resources.

Anywho Online Directory
AT&T’s online phone book allows you to search by business name or category, locate area codes, and toll free numbers. Use this to find types of companies within a geographic location to see who you are competing against.

Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Association for Enterprise Opportunity supports small businesses throughout the United States.

Baltimore Business Journal
Baltimore Business Journal provides local business articles. Access to some articles requires free registration.

Infobel provides telephone information for the U.S. and worldwide.  If you are interested in the international market, import-export or finding a company abroad, this site will help you locate contact information.

SCORE is an organization made up of retired business people who serve as resources for anyone starting their own business. Their Web site includes tips to help people with their small business planning.

Small Business Information Center National Information Clearinghouse  
This group provides support and education to the Small Business Development Center community and the entrepreneur. Online articles in over 15 categories cover topics such as business plans, E-commerce, marketing and more.
Search by business name, category or keyword. Searches can be limited by city and zip code. Also provides search and locater capablity for phone numbers, area codes and zip codes.

Thomas Register Global Register
Includes listings of over 700,000 products and distributors. Domestic and foreign companies are listed by product and service categories.  Under each product, companies are listed by country and include contact information, and types of work the company does.

Thomas Register
Thomas Register provides listings of companies by category or product. Links brings people to listings of companies that produce, manufacture or sell something.
Find a trade show to attend and other information such as suppliers and exhibitors. You can also search by industry and location.

United States Postal Service
Find answers to your mail questions. There are answers for preparing a package, rates, mailing and shipping information as well as information for direct mail.



The following databases are available with a Pratt library card.

Business Insights: Essentials
Research industry trends, marketing data, business rankings and market share along with company financials and history.

Access Business
Access articles on a variety of business topics taken from business journals, such as Daily Record (Baltimore), Crain’s New York Business (NYC), Dolan’s Virginia Business Observer (Norfolk)

This database provides addresses only rather than articles. Culled from U.S. yellow pages, you can find companies by size, sales, yellow page entry, and geographic region. This allows you to market or advertise yourself, do business-to-business (B2B) business, and find competition.