The Stamford Small Business Resource Center

The Center holds an extensive collection of print and digital materials and serves as a collaborative space, conducive to brainstorming and networking.

In addition to the small business collection, the Library hosts classes on topics related to small business and networking, and offers a Skype-a-Librarian service in partnership with the Business Council of Fairfield County.

For information on setting up a Skype session, contact Elizabeth Joseph,

Business Reference Experts Select Annual List of Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

2016 Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

The annual Best of the Best Business Reference Websites list is hereby announced.
The list made its first debut in 2009 in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal, and recognizes three websites highly relevant to information professionals involved in providing business reference services.
The 2016 list includes:

American Factfinder

American Factfinder is the primary search interface for data gathered by the United States Census Bureau and serves as a valuable resource for researchers, business owners, and government policy makers.  American Factfinder allows access to current and historical data collected from the US Census Bureaus’ many surveys and censuses.  Data can be visualized through maps and tables and covers a wide spectrum of topics related to the population and the economy of the United States.  Highlights include: the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and the Annual Survey of Manufactures. Geographic granularity varies by dataset, ranging from the national level to census block group.

Author/Publisher: United States Census Bureau

Free/Fee Based: Free

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2015 is the open access, aggregated data repository and portal to U.S. federal government agency data sources. The purpose of is “to increase public access to high value, machine-readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and to expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications).” Championed by the Obama Administration and developed as an inter-agency initiative to promote federal data as a national asset, began in 2009 with 47 datasets representing twenty-six government agencies, and it has blossomed to include nearly 400,000 datasets, plus a growing array of data tools and applications, from 172 agencies and sub-agencies.

Author/Publisher: U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

Free/Fee Based: Free

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2015

SEC Edgar

EDGAR is the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieving system provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  This system performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the SEC.  EDGAR increases the efficiency and fairness of the securities market by streamlining access to time-sensitive corporate information.  Users have free access to over 20 million filings through a recently updated interface and helpful search tools.

Author/Publisher: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Free/Fee Based: Free

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2015

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