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Small Business Snapshot Reports

Research reports on popular small business ideas, including data, trends, associations, related sources of information, and links to other small business web resources.

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.

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.

Childcare Services Business

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hunting and Outdoor Recreation

The hunting and outdoor recreation industry is composed of two major categories; hunting and fishing, and wildlife watching. Fishing and hunting category contains sportspersons, anglers, and hunters.

Men’s Personal Care Products

In recent years, the media has projected a more stringent standard for the male physique; furthermore, this new and improved physique is meticulously presented. As such is the case, the public has shifted its collective view with regard to male grooming habits.

Pet Grooming

With dogs in almost 45 million homes in America, grooming services have become even more important. It is also important that an accurate customer base is identified so that the best service can be provided. There are two types of grooming service set-ups, the retail based groom shops and the mobile groom shops.

Bottled Water Industry

Since its emergence as the second largest and most popular beverage category in the United States, bottled water has become an industry of unimaginable innovation, fierce competition, high profit margins, and wide-spread marketing promotions.

Legal Services

It’s also quite common that the owner of a small business enterprise enters into a contract with a lawyer to ensure compliance with governmental regulations. In our hyper-legalized society, the demand for lawyers and those well versed in the law has never been greater.

Artisan Bread Business

The renewed interest in the Artisan Bread business is proof that, despite the low-carb craze that recently swept the nation, “bread is not dead.”

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