SBDCNet provides market research services to the entire 1,100+ member SBDC Network of Small Business Development Centers located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition to supporting small business entrepreneurs, SBDCNet now offers an array of products and services to support small to mid-size community development.
These reports are provided free of charge to prospective or existing small business owners who are receiving business counseling services from their local SBDC Advisor (also a free service).
These no-cost research and advisory services are funded in part by cooperative agreements between the U.S. Small Business Administration and a network of local educational and business institutions who act as host partners for your SBDC. Please note that some training classes may be offered for a fee, please check with your local SBDC for details.
Market Research Services List
Any report in the list below must be ordered from your local Small Business Development Center Business Advisor.
Resources/Links for local, state and federal licenses, permits and regulations as may apply.
Business Plan Sample
Sample/model business plan for opening and operating a business.
List and/or sources of competitors in a specified location.
Copyright, Patent and Trademark Information
Each term defined along with information on the filing fees, inventor assistance and contacts. Preliminary patent search available. Not all processes will be appropriate for all businesses. If you know which your client needs, please indicate in the “About the business section
Population breakdowns for the specified location.
Financial benchmarks from authoritative sources.
One who purchases a franchise and operates that location of the purchased business. The franchisee will pay the franchisor under the terms of the agreement, usually either a flat fee or a percentage of the revenues or profits, from the sales transacted at that location.
The franchisor owns the overarching company, trademarks, and products, but gives the right to the franchisee to run the franchise location, in return for an agreed-upon fee.
GIS Report : Annual Consumer Expenditures (Spreadsheet)
Provides a summary report of consumer expenditures on 97 household products and services along with a demographic overview. Not available for Business to Business (B2B).
GIS Report : Demographics (Spreadsheet)
Statistics of an area including population, age, income, race, sex, employment, housing, and education. This unit includes a Demographic Detail report, Consumer Expenditure report, and Retail Sales Potential report.This study requires only a zip code unless specific statistics are needed about the address requested. Not available for Business to Business (B2B).
GIS Report : Retail Opportunity Gap (Spreadsheet)
Provides retail supply and demand figures as well as an opportunity gap analysis for a specified geography. This study requires a zip code unless an alternative geography is requested. Not available for Business to Business (B2B).
GIS Report: Drive Time Analysis (Spreadsheet & Map)
Defaults to 5, 10, and 15 minute drive times for annual consumer expenditures and demographics. Drive time meaning the time it takes to drive from one location to the target business. This study requires a street address or intersection for mapping purposes. Specific minutes can be requested. Not available for Business to Business (B2B).
GIS Report: Ring Study Analysis (Spreadsheet & Map)
Defaults to a 1, 3, 5 mile radius for annual consumer expenditures and demographics; also indicates competitor business locations. This study requires a street address or intersection for mapping purposes. Specific mileage can be requested. Not available for Business to Business (B2B).
Industry Overview and Trends
Data from authoritative sources reflecting industry conditions and the latest trends.
Resources for inventors and information on prototypes.
A breakdown of markets by industry to show size and sales figures.
Lifestyle and interests for specific consumer segments. Not available for Business to Business (B2B) enterprises.
List of relevant journals, periodicals, etc.
Initial investment to establish a new business.
Suppliers / Distributors / Wholesalers
List and/or sources of wholesalers, vendors or manufacturers.
Trade Association List
List of relevant associations and organizations.
Trade Shows List
List and/or sources of trade shows of interest.
Any report in the list above must be ordered from your local Small Business Development Center Business Advisor.
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