Guides to Business Subjects
No. 25 Business Plans
This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
This guide lists resources for business plan research at the Long Business Library.
UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked * by using The Library's proxy server.
Last updated 06/2010.
|Guides for writing
Business Plans Handbook : A Compilation of Actual Business Plans Developed by Small Business Throughout North America
HD62.7 .B865 Reference
The entrepreneur's information sourcebook : charting the path to small business success / Susan C. Awe.
Write a Business Plan
See also the Long Library's Industry Information Guide
* Business & Industry
* Thomson ONE
* Lexis/Nexis Statistical
* Onesource(Haas students only)
Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys
The following cover more industries than S&P above, but are not as detailed:
Encyclopedia of American Industries: Manufacturing
Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
Encyclopedia of Global Industries
Search for news articles about companies and industries. For detailed reports on individual companies, click on the Companies tab.
* ISI Emerging Markets
* Thomson ONE
* Mergent Online
* Onesource (Haas students only)
See also the Long Library's Market Research Resources Guide.
Many detailed market research reports can be found in the following databases. Reports generally provide competitor strengths/weaknesses, market share, sales volume, pricing issues, distributors, suppliers, customer segments, and more.
* Business Source Complete
* Marketresearch Academic
* Mintel Reports
Rand McNally Commercial Atlas and Marketing Guide
Detailed 10 year census as well as the rolling American Community Survey census for demographics of communities
Demographics of the US Trends & Projections
Household spending: who spends how much on what
Lifestyle Market Analyst
Projections. Association of Bay Area Governments
Community sourcebook of ZIP code demographics
See also the Long Library's Financial and Operating Ratios Guide
Financial Studies of the Small Business
Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios
RMA Annual Statement Studies
See also the Long Library's Private Equity and Venture Capital Guide
The directory of venture capital & private equity firms, domestic & international.