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Last Updated
Mar. 27, 2014
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Summary

Whether you're starting a business or doing general business research, the Business, Science & Technology Department at the Central Library can assist you with your endeavors. The department has an extensive collection of databases, as well books, magazines, and newspapers covering most major business subjects, including industry information, commerce, statistics, banking, economics, finance, investment, marketing, and more. Reference Librarians are available to assist patrons in acquiring information and materials in order to improve their chance for success.

Subjects
Business, Economics, Trade and Industrial Directories
Summary
"Profiles 6,759 manufacturers, listed five ways: by product, alphabetically, by city, by S.I.C. and by parent company. Complete addresses, phone numbers and flags for new businesses in city, alphabetical and SIC sections."
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Wholesale trade, distributor listing
Summary
"Contains information on over 30,000 large and small wholesalers and distributors throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico."
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Financial Statements, Industry Information, Industry Ratios
Summary
"This core resource for industry ratios & benchmarks is from RMA, a banking organization (Risk Management Association, formerly Robert Morris Associates). Arranged by NAICS code, with breakdowns by asset size of companies in an industry. Also includes brief overview of financial ratios"
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Income, Purchasing Power, Population, Commerce, Marketing Research, Zip Codes
Summary
"This resource contains accurate demographic information for every U.S. ZIP Code, based on the release of ESRI 2007/2012 projections of key population and income data. Updated variables for population, households, families, income, race, age, and consumer spending for a wide variety of products and services are included in this reference tool."
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Small business, Business Planning
Summary
"A collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America."
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Management, Business, Entrepreneurship, Business Terminology, Industrial Management
Summary
"A complete reference tool listing various industries worldwide. It contains everything you need to know to be business-literate in the 21st century. It is unique, authoritative and wide-ranging, including practical and strategic advice for anyone doing business today."
Business & Legal Forms
Description
Provides a wide selection of Alabama legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
Tutorials
Fact Sheet  PDF document
FAQ  Microsoft Word document
Video Tutorial  Video tutorial by BPL on YouTube (length 4:32)
Career
Description
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive career research database, providing detailed and up-to-date profiles of more than 2,050 of today's most popular jobs in more than 94 industries. This database now contains hundreds of new, in-depth job and industry descriptions; as well as a searchable archive of articles from current and past issues of Career Opportunities News, a 16-page, bi-monthly newsletter that provides timely information about colleges and the job market. Organized by industry, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center covers careers and career resources, as well as career preparation information, including scholarships, academic programs, non-academic programs, web resources, and an employability skills checklist. An extensive "Four Steps to a New Job" section provides invaluable guidance on everything from choosing a career to finding and applying for a job to learning about employment benefits and laws.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
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Product Demonstration  Flash required
Business Development Organizations
800 Lakeshore Drive
Brock School of Business
Suite 412
Birmingham, AL 35229
(205) 879-4712
Toll Free: (888) 466-4777
50 North Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-1170
The guide was produced to give new business owners a general overview of the different areas of taxation required by the State of Alabama. Please note that this brochure was produced as a guide and it is not the final word on Alabama law.
This guidebook addresses the fundamental issues of starting and operating a small business in Alabama. It was published by the Alabama Small Business Development Network at the University of Alabama.
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