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Last reviewed: April 27, 2020

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General Directories

CEO Express: Executive Gateway to the Internet
Straightforward access to business sites on the Internet. Designed with busy executives in mind.

Directory of business and finance sites on the World Wide Web.

Company and Industry Research

EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval) is the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's free database of corporate filings and annual reports.

Hoover's Online
Company profiles and industry information. Free but registration is required.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
NAICS is replacing the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. The site provides all the major components of the 1997 NAICS manual, including correspondence tables, definitions and an index.

Standard & Poor's
Detailed company credit ratings, rationales behind the ratings, and market analysis.

Standard Industrial Classification Search
Search the 1987 SIC manual for 4-digit SIC codes.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Online version of the 100-year old "Bible" of company purchasing agents. 156,914 American and Canadian companies, 135,415 brand names. Free but registration is required.


Measuring Worth
Using various statistical methods, this site provides ways to discover how much things were worth in the past. Examples include relative growth rates,gold, inflation rates, purchasing power, salaries, savings growth, stock values, and the value of the dollar.

National Bureau of Economic Research
Reports and papers from the nation's leading nonprofit economic research organization.

Resources for Economists on the Internet
An informed selection of over 700 economics World Wide Web sites. Critiqued and reviewed by Bill Goffe of the Department of Economics at the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Federal Government Business Sites

Bureau of Economic Analysis
"The Nation's Accountant." Interprets national and regional data on the economy.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor information on employment, productivity, and occupational compensation. Includes the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Economic Development Administration
Generates new jobs, helps retain existing jobs and stimulates industrial and commercial growth.

Federal Trade Commission
Protects consumers and the marketplace from unfair business tactics.

US Data and Statistics
National and regional statistics from over 70 Federal Government agencies. Information on myriad topics from banking to projections to wages.

Internal Revenue Service
Tax information for businesses.

U.S. Census Bureau
State profiles, comprehensive A-Z subject index and 1997 Economic Census and Population data.

U.S. Department of Commerce
Promotes American businesses and trade, publishes statistics, measures economic growth and fosters minority entrepreneurship.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The first place to go on the Internet for patent and trademark information.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Information on how to start, finance or expand your business.


Insurance News Network
Consumer information about auto, home and life insurance, including Standard & Poor's insurance company ratings.

International Business Sites

Country-specific information, international trade leads, statistical resources and international news sites.

International Monetary Fund
IMF Working Papers, fact sheets, annual reports, country data.

Tradeport International Trade
Comprehensive trade information and trade leads.

U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration
Information on Federal export assistance programs, country and regional markets, and trade statistics.

World Bank
Publications and projects, news and events.

Minorities and Women

Crain's New York Business
Includes a section on women, as well as top New York business stories, an articles archives and an entrepreneur survival guide.

Empire State Development's Minority & Women Owned Businesses Searchable Database
Search for minority and women's certified businesses by New York State economic development region, SIC codes, gross sales, products and services. Maintained by Empire State Development, the economic development agency of New York State.

Minority Business Development Agency
The only Federal agency created specifically to encourage the creation, growth and expansion of minority-owned businesses.

New York State Office of General Services Office of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises
The New York State agency charged with ensuring that minorities and women get an equal opportunity to participate in the State procurement process for equipment, supplies, services and construction.

New York State

Business Council of New York
Statewide association of over 4,000 businesses "working to create an economic renaissance for New York State."

Capital District Business Review
The latest Albany business news, including the business column "Street Talk," searchable article archives and a calendar of business events.

Crain's New York Business
Top New York business stories, archives of past articles, links to professional associations and a survival guide for entrepreneurs.

Empire State Development
New York State's economic development agency. The site has information about development prospects and business programs in NYS, including for small business and minority and women-owned business enterprises.

New York State Contract Reporter
The official source for New York State contracting opportunities.

New York State Department of Financial Services
Primary regulator of state-licensed and state-chartered financial entities operating in New York. Comparative listing of mortgage and credit card interest rates, Web sites of mortgage banks and of banks headquartered in New York State.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Information to help small businesses make environmentally sound decisions.

New York State Department of Labor
The department is responsible for a variety of programs, including worker protection, unemployment insurance, employment services and workforce development.

New York State Department of State
Forms for filing Certificates of Incorporation, searchable database of corporations, and information on licensing exams.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Business Taxpayer Page
Business tax information, tax incentives available under the Empire Zones Program and small business advice.

New York State Office of General Services
OGS manages and leases real property, designs and builds facilities, contracts for goods, services, and technology, and delivers a wide array of support services. The web site includes a guide to doing business with New York State.

News Sources

Bloomberg Online
Market news, updates and price quotes from this major presence in the business world.

CNN Money
Up-to-the-minute business stories, market news and industry profiles.

Crain's New York Business
Top New York business stories, archives of past articles, entrepreneur survival guide and resources for minorities and women.

Forbes Digital Tool
The online version of Forbes magazine.

The online version of Fortune magazine. Includes The Fortune 500 list.

Kiplinger Online
Business forecasts and personal finance advice.

The New York Times: Business
Updated every ten minutes. Includes news, stock market reports, financial tools, columnists, and blogs.

USA Today: Money
Quick access to business and market news.

Patents and Trademarks

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The first place to go on the Internet for patent and trademark information.

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Sample business and marketing plans, staff and money management guidance and advice from other entrepreneurs.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Everything one would expect from a local chamber of commerce on a national scale.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Information on how to start, finance or expand your business.

Stocks and Bonds

International Federation of Stock Exchanges
Click on a map to find stock exchanges around the world.

Moody's Investors Service
The leading provider of independent credit ratings, research and financial information to the capital markets.

New York Stock Exchange
Market information, investor education, top business stories.

Technology and Business
A comprehensive directory of business-related technology sites.

Last Updated: June 1, 2021