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Market Research Links

These link directories contain web resources sorted by type of industry. An alphabetized list of these link directories appears in the sidebar to the right.

Floral & Horticultural

Compiled by Marissa Garcia, SBDCNet Researcher Click here to suggest a resource link to be added to this page Floral Industry Florists Associations By State Society of American Florists Floral Industry Conventions California Cut Flower Industry Importing Cut Flowers Sample Market Analysis for a Florist Business (pdf format) Floral Merchandising Plant and Nursery Industry Starting in the […]

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Retail Links

General Retail Sites The Association of Resale Professionals – the Association serves thrift, resale, and consignment shops of all types Chain Store Age – online version of industry trade magazine.  Includes industry research. Discount Store News National Association of Retail Merchandising National Retail Federation – primary trade association.  Research, directories and educational programs available for […]

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Environment & Recycling

BioCycle an online industry journal. Coop America aids to building a green-friendly business. Energy Star for Small Business information about EPAs highly successful marketing program. EnviroBiz – financial data, business statistics, and links for the environmental industry. EPA’s Links to Financial Assistance – information on grants and loans for research and commercialization of alternative energy […]

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Sports & Leisure

Auto Racing/Karting e-KMI.com e-zine of the karting industry National Association for Stock and Auto Racing– industry information on auto racing World Karting Association – Provides information on upcoming events and industry news. Business of Sports Teams Sport Business industry zine Sports Business Research Network articles, links, directories for a variety of sports businesses Team Marketing […]

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Surety Bonds

Compiled by Cullen Davies, SBDCNet Researcher Surety bonds are a critical success element to virtually every small business owner. Without them, buildings would not be built and small businesses would not be able to occupy their lease spaces. This newsletter will shed light on this “behind the scenes” industry to help small business owners and […]

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Engineering

Engineering Consulting Business Plan National Society of Professional Engineers American Council of Engineering Companies National Institute of Standards & Technology – NIST’s mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. Professional & Technical Consultants Association Includes a consulting rate survey.

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Telecom & Electronics

Associations Telecommunications Industry Association Trade association in the communications and information technology industry. Includes market information, trade show listings and technical whitepapers. National Alternative Local Exchange Carrier Association/Prepaid Communications Association (NALA/PCA) Provides information to the industry regarding market developments, regulation, legislation and other matters of interest to its members American Electronics Association Leading trade association […]

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Energy

General U.S. Department of Energy provides information on policy changes, regulations, and industry markets and trends, including current fuel prices. Energy Information Administration – government agency that provides forecasts for US fuel markets. Energy Stats – Provides stats on different sources of energy in multiple countries. Petroleum Related American Petroleum Institute – API is the […]

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Elder Care

Industry at a Glance – Provides different industry reports and includes Elder Care American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – Organization representing nursing homes, assisted living residences and senior housing facilities American College of Health Care Administrators – Dedicated to advancing the standards of long term care from skilled nursing to assisted […]

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Education

Associations International Archive of Educational Data – research data collections from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) are made fully accessible to the research community.  also incorporates other important national and international data collections that report on the educational process. National Association for the Education of Young Children -This site contains reports and research […]

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Crafts & Hobbies

Crafts & Hobbies Business Plans Artificial Flowers Import Decorative Pottery Business Plan Pet Photography Business Plan Photography Studio Business Plan Crafts Crafts Report Online – A comprehensive online resource for the crafts industry including industry statistics, wholesale and retail craft show information, craft suppliers, discussion boards and other contact information. Hobby Industry Association – industry […]

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Construction & Engineering

General Resources Associated General Contractors of America – trade organization for construction industry. Building-Cost.net – construction cost estimator as well as links to other contractor resources. Construction.com – industry portal. Includes outlook and trends. Construction Owners Association of America – association provides internet links and support. Construction Specifications Institute – construction specs and related articles. […]

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Tobacco/Cigars

General Tobacco Merchants Association -Manufacturers of tobacco products, leaf dealers, suppliers and distributors. The web site contains industry information regarding cigarettes production and consumption International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association -is the country’s only trade association dedicated to serving retail tobacconists in the sale and promotion of legal tobacco products and related items. International […]

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Computers / Internet

Societies and Associations EntertainmentSoftware Association Software Information Industry Association IEEE Computer Society ACM Association for Computing Machinery TechCalendar – Searchable database of technology events and tradeshows. Statistics/Demographics E-Commerce Statistical Toolbox – one of the best sources for statistics on e-commerce and the Internet economy. Hispanic-Americans and the Internet African-Americans and the Internet Senior Citizens and […]

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Biotechnology

Associations Agricultural Biotechnology Links A selection of agricultural biotechnology web sites compiled by AgBioWorld, a non-profit organization. American Society for Microbiology his life science membership organization is open to anyone with at least a bachelor’s degree or life experience in a field related to microbiology. Biotechnology Industry Association -An informational and advocacy association for the […]

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