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Reference Desk

Databases & Directories

Business Finance & Management Resources.EBSCO Publishing.  Database.

This database is a collection of print reference titles in an online format. These reference works cover a wide range of topics, such as accounting; finance and banking; marketing; management; information systems and sample business plans. Basic how-to information is also provided.

Business Source Premier.  EBSCO Publishing.  Database.

This resource is specifically designed for business libraries and contains over 2,300 full text magazines and journals covering every area of business. Country economic reports, company profiles, industry reports and market research reports are also included.

Haines... Dayton, Ohio City and Suburban Criss Cross Directory

This resource is a directory of businesses and residents arranged by street address and telephone number.

Headquarters USA

Headquarters USA is a directory of major businesses and organizations in the United States and it is arranged alphabetically and by subject. Listings include contact people, addresses and phone numbers.

Indiana Business Directory

This resource contains a phone directory of every business in the State of Indiana. Also included are addresses and contact people for each business location. See Reference USA above, for online version.

Indiana Industrial Directory

This directory includes all manufactures with 1 or more employees and non-manufacturing companies with 20 or more employees, or $1 million or more in sales in the state of Indiana. The profiles include: location, contact information, industry descriptions and more.


Ohio Business Directory

This resource is a phone directory of every business in the State of Ohio. Also included are addresses and contact people for each business location.See Reference USA above, for online version.


Ohio Industrial Directory

This directory includes all manufactures with 1 or more employees and non-manufacturing companies with 20 or more employees, or $1 million or more in sales in the state of Ohio.The profiles include: location, contact information, industry descriptions and more


Reference USA

This resource has Business Database containing information 14 million businesses and can be searched by a variety of different methods. Each detailed listing is provides address & phone information; and executives, financial information and news articles on many as well.

Regional Business News

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers

ThomasNet is a comprehensive resource for finding information on 650,000 plus suppliers of industrial products and services in North America.   This site can be searched and/or browsed by product/service, company name, or brand name.  Each company listing provides addresses, phone numbers, and contact people.  In addition to the directory information - web addresses, catalogs, CAD drawings, product news, marketing services and more can be found.


Webinars & Webpages

2011 Best Small Business Websites Better Business Bureau

Through the BBB one can file a complaint about a business or obtain a report of companies complaint history. 

The Official Business Link to the U.S. Government This is the best single access point to all government services and information to help businesses operate within Federal rules and regulations.

Consumer Price Indexes

Reflect the changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services

What is a Dollar Worth?

This site provides a charts of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Inflation Rates and a CPI calculator, which will translate the value of a specific dollar amount from a previous year into the equivalent amount in current dollars.

Ohio Business Gateway

This web resource points to various business and economic links created by the State of Ohio.

Ohio Department of Commerce


Ohio Secretary of State

Provides information and forms on how to create an Ohio corporation.


Ohio Secretary of State, Business Services Division The Division receives and approves
articles of incorporation for Ohio corporations and grants licenses to out-of-state corporations seeking to do business
in Ohio. This office also deals with mergers, trademarks, trade names, etc.


SCORE The premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.
SCORE has over 10,000 volunteer counselors in 600+ areas of business skills.


Small Business Administration This organization aids, counsels and protects small businesses.


Small Business Development Center

US Department of Labor This government agency promotes the welfare of the workers and retirees of the U.S. by improving working conditions, etc.

Print Resources

Many Business resources are now only available in e-book format. In order to access both e-books and our print materials, search our catalog system by typing in your business subject area. For example: "Marketing" or "business legal", etc.

Hill, Sonya D., Editor.  Small Business Sourcebook.  21st Ed.  Detroit: Gale Research, c2006.  2 vols.  R 658.022 SMA

In this annotated guide, you'll discover listings of live and print sources of information designed to facilitate the start-up, development and growth of specific small businesses, as well as similar listings for general small business topics. Entries are provided on a state-by-state basis; also included are relevant U.S. federal government agencies and branch offices.


Rand McNally.  Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide: The First Place to Look for Up-to-Date Business Planning Data 137th Ed.  Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, c2006.  2 vols.  R 912 RAN

The Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide is a two-volume reference tool that provides business planning data and the latest geographical data in an easy to use format.  Features include: Census data and population estimates and projections; economic data and economic activity projections; state tables of principal cities and their populations as well as basic business data by county; and specialized maps including U.S. thematic maps, highways and driving times maps, state maps showing Rand McNally Metro Areas, city and downtown inset maps, and country subdivision maps.  A comprehensive state indexes of more than 123,000 U.S. places is also provided.


Revised 2011



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