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Entrepreneurial Ideas

A Quick Word From your Librarian, Nic Ashman

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Business Source Premier (CVTC access)

The industry's most widely used business research database, Business Source Premier features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.

LinkedIn Learning

Online learning platform with over 13,000 courses taught by real-world experts. Includes content.  This is a great resource for building up your "soft skills".

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A few words of advice:

You may want to look up your NAICS code via the US Census Bureau (pronounced "Nakes") ahead of any industry searches.  This can pinpoint the appropriate industry(ies) your business falls under.  The US Census Bureau has an informative Naics resource page you can use.

Trade publications and websites can give you an idea as to who an industry's customers are and their needs. For example, if doing research on the cosmetic and nails industry, review NAILS Magazine. To find trade publications, Google your industry with keywords like "trade organization" or "trade associations".  You can do this in OneSearch and Business Source Premier as well.

In addition to the nationwide organization, many local communities also feature their own Chamber of Commerce organizations that offer guidance and resources specifically tailored to the market and issues of the local community.



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