Business and Economic Information
on the Internet

General Information | Small Business Information | Investment Information
Arkansas Business & Economic Information | Other Information

There is a wealth of information on the Internet about businesses and the economy. Aside from the sites listed here, there are any number of places to obtain other business-related Internet sites. Business and investing publications list Internet sites. Follow links from a good site you have found. Talk with friends and colleagues about sites they utilize.

Remember, when using Internet information all information must be critically evaluated. Just because it came from a computer does not necessarily make the information correct. When making decisions about business and money be sure that you gather enough information, cross check information, and evaluate the information carefully.

If you are wanting to see "what is out there" start with one of the search directories:


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General Business and Economic Information

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow has a good home page for business information sources on the Internet. It is a selective guide and is a good source for both United Kingdom and North American information.


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Small Business Information

The Small Business Administration is a good source of information about starting and operating a small business. SBA information, links to other business and government information sources, a library of business shareware and more are located at www.sbaonline.sba.gov/.

The U.S. Business Advisor provides businesses with access to federal government information, services, and transactions. The goal is to make the relationship between business and government more productive.

Import and export information can be found at the home page of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Information on the labor force and the economy at a glance is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Investment and Company Information

Hoover's Online is a good source for information on businesses. Basic information is available, but detailed information requires a subscription.

NASDAQ gives current and historical information about NASDAQ listed stocks.


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Arkansas Business and Economic Information

The Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce gives information about the business climate in Fort Smith and a good summary of how and where to apply for various types of business licenses.

Arkansas Department of Economic Development provides good information on various state programs to encourage and recognize businesses in Arkansas.

Information about the state of Arkansas, its cities, utilities, universities, and nonprofit organizations involved in the economic development efforts for the state is available from the Development Information Network of Arkansas. Links to other Arkansas business development sites are included.

The Arkansas Small Business Development Center is a good source of information about programs available and has an extensive selection of publications about small business matters available via Internet or fax.


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Other Information

If you are wanting social, demographic or economic information, the best place to look is the U.S. Census Bureau is the best starting place. Economic indicators and local information can be obtained here as well.

1400 frequently requested tables from the Statistical Abstract of the United States are available at www.census.gov/statab/www/. Remember that this is just a sample of the information available in print version which is available at the Library.

Are you an inventor? The United States Patent and Trademark Office allows you to search the patent database and download forms.

Taxes! Tax information and forms can obtained from the Internal Revenue Service at www.irs.ustreas.gov.


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