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Small Business Snapshots

Our popular (and free!) market research reports cover industry trends, market statistics, customer demographics, recent business articles, and links to industry trade associations. A complete alphabetized archive appears in the sidebar to the right.

Graphic Design Services

“If you’ve always pictured yourself as a commercial artist but your drawing style is closer to stick figures than Cézannes, then graphic design might be just the business for you.”

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Beef Jerky Manufacturing

Aspiring meat processors beware: a handful of select brands dominate the pre-packaged jerky and meat snacks industry. In 2007, according to Information Resources, Inc., the four top-selling labels comprised approximately 87% of jerky and 97% of dried meat snack sales in supermarkets and drugstores.

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Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities provide excellent services for seniors who wish to remain independent but still need some assistance with daily living. Types of assistance offered in ALFs include help with bathing, dressing, eating, grooming and getting around.

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Book Publishing

It’s a Brave New World for the publishing industry as it attempts to keep pace with the arrival of the digital age. The $1 trillion industry includes publishers and printers of newspapers, books, magazines and other materials.

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Pet Supply

You want someone trustworthy to take care of your pet, but none of your family members is available to assist you. What do you do? Many pet owners are finding it convenient to leave their pet at a pet day care.

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Funeral Homes / Funeral Services

For consumers, funerals and burials are big businesses. A funeral is one of the most expensive events in one’s life: the average cost of a traditional funeral is close to $7,000.

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Solar Panels

Solar energy is rapidly increasing in popularity. Businesses in industries from homes to vehicles – even purses – are looking to harness the power of the sun to decrease dependency on fossil fuels and decrease pollution.

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Childcare Services

For many parents, crayola-covered walls and orchestras limited to pots and pans bring to mind the thought, “maybe daycare isn’t such a bad idea after all.” Besides providing parents with a little time off, day care centers offer children under five years of age, an educational and fun environment while parents are at work.

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Personal Chef

Hey, who’s cooking dinner? Not as many of you as you might think. More and more Americans are looking elsewhere. Two up and coming trends are hiring a personal chef and purchasing freshly prepared complete meals needing only to be re-heated.

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Gourmet Chocolate

Specialty foods, whether gourmet, organic or all natural are the rage these days. Formerly available only through farmers’ markets or specialty foods stores, premium fares have gained far-reaching acceptance.

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Green Construction

What does “green” mean? Green construction means that a building uses less energy, conserves renewable resources and contains fewer toxic materials. What this means for construction cost is a higher initial cost with long term energy savings over the life of the building.

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Wineries

The wine industry has experienced major growth since 2006 and industry executives expect this growth to continue indefinitely. This demand for wine is in creasing among younger college students incorporating wine into their lifestyles as well as Baby Boomers who spend an increasing amount of money satisfying their palates.

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Paint & Body Shop

For as long as there have been cars, “scratch and dent” shops have been around to fix them. Not long after cars became affordable for most of the public, car owners began looking for ways to make their vehicle unique.

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Biodiesel (Petroleum Refining)

In order to find cleaner alternatives to traditional fuels and to reduce dependence on foreign oil, the United States is looking for home-grown energy alternatives to traditional petroleum-based sources.

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Bookstores

The bookstore industry has been recently characterized by major consolidation trends and increasing internet sales. The independent bookstore sector continues to struggle for market share, sustain brick and mortar stores and implement new technology.

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