Business Center Collection and State Library Resources


Small Business Corner



Web Sites

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 in a geographic location to see who you are competing against and the types of business in a geographic area. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Provides industry statistics including productivity, employment, and other aspects of the workforce.

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.
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.

This directory provides contact information for businesses providing of technical products and services. Each of the over 15 categories contains smaller sections. Companies are listed by state. Company information includes contact information and Web site.

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.
Find a trade show to attend and other information such as suppliers and exhibitors. You can also search by industry and location.

U.S. Census Bureau
Provides demographic statistics for the United States. Two areas of interest for those starting, and already in business, are the Economic Census and Quickfacts.


The following databases available with a Pratt library card.

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.

Business Insights: Essentials
A good starting place because it provides industry trends, market research and company rankings.