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ENTR 485 - Innovating: Creating the Future (Spring 2018)

Your librarians and instructors developed this guide to help you do research for your team's semester-long innovation project.

Government data

  • ProQuest Statistical Insight: This library database is a useful source for facts and figures. You can find statistics from federal agencies, state governments, and private and academic sources.

  • Data and Statistics, USA.gov: USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal. Topics on its Data and Statistics page include Business and Economics and Jobs and Education.

  • American FactFinder: A portal for U.S. Census data, with Community Facts obtainable by state, county, city, or ZIP code.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau website also has QuickFacts and County Business Patterns, for very good data on competition (e.g., numbers of a certain type of firm). To view Industry Snapshots, enter a NAICS code in the search box (e.g., 451211 for book stores). Industry Snapshots provide key statistics such as:

    • Number of establishments in an industry

    • Total sales

    • Sales per capita

    • Employees per establishment

    • A map showing where sales, establishments, and populations are concentrated in the U.S.

There's also a Compare Your Business to Industry Averages feature. Look for the link above the Key Industry Statistics chart. Local business snapshots are available for selected metropolitan areas, including Phoenix.

  • National Science Foundation: Collects and publishes a wide range of excellent data related to science, technology, and the economy, including federal government funding, industry research, workforce statistics, educational spending, etc.

Education data

Business data

  • Statista: Access statistical data from market and opinion research institutions, as well as from business organizations and government, categorized into 21 market sectors.

  • City-data.com: Useful for city stats.

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets: Explore a vast collection of US and international statistics in Data-Planet Statistical Datasets. With this dynamic tool, you can scan and search the contents of billions of datasets, compare and contrast variables of interest, and create customized views in tables, maps, rankings, and charts. 

  • ImportGenius: This tool is a great resource for competitive intelligence. ImportGenius tracks the international shipping activities of importers and exporters around the world. It can help you identify suppliers and learn about your competitors' supply chains. Data for the U.S., Latin America, and India.

  • ValuationResources: A general site, somewhat difficult to navigate, with data relevant to ratios and other valuation factors.