General Business
Stock and Industry Research
Nonprofit Organizations
Small Business Planning
Local and State Business Resources
Business Statistics

Plano Library Databases

EBSCOHost – Business Source Premier

Indexing and abstracts for most important business journals back to 1886. Searchable cited references provided for 1,200+ journals; comprehensive reports on emerging markets and trends; country reports highlighting economic and political background; company profiles by Datamonitor; industry profiles.


ReferenceUSA is a leading provider in business and consumer research, offering a full-service platform that helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people. Database selections and real-time access to more than 24 million businesses, 262 million consumers, U.S. businesses, and U.S. new homeowners and movers helps researchers, students, and job-seekers.

Morningstar® Mutual Funds™ Online

Morningstar Mutual Funds ratings and reports, updated every Friday; review an entire group of funds under Download Reports by Category, or find a specific fund under Search. Numerous special reports created by Morningstar also available.

Value Line Online

Founded in 1931, Value Line offers investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies through sophisticated tools, expert analysis and guidance, and technical reports. Value Line ratings and reports are updated every Friday.


General Business

Plano Library Job Center 
General job search and career development information provided by the Plano Public Library System.

The nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers. It operates the Web sites for each of the company’s 41 print business journals.

Compare mortgage, auto loan, and credit card rates, CDs, savings, investment returns and financial calculators.

CEOExpress filters and organizes business content, offering daily news, business research, and tools in a streamlined format. Website Building Guide
A step-by-step tutorial to designing a WordPress based site for your small business or startup.


Stock and Industry Research

Big Charts
For company research; provides historical stock quotes going back over 30 years. Other financial and sector information also available.

Maintained by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University; contains over 5,000 global resources, news, and insight reports on 197 countries.
Information on more than 700,000 industrial suppliers and manufacturers and over 1,000,000 downloadable CAD drawings of parts and components.

Securities and Exchange Commission – EDGAR Database
View company 10K and other security filings along with information on mutual funds. Historical EDGAR filings are available back to 1994.

News, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business. Learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a way that supports profitable business practices.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Information on exploitive practices of 4000+ businesses worldwide, balanced coverage provided and searchable by company name, issue, country, or topic.

Tutorials on the basics of investing and retirement planning are available to get the beginning investor started along with a comprehensive dictionary of financial terms.

Treasury Direct
Lets you buy and redeem securities directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in paperless electronic form. Information is provided about the differences in the various securities available from the federal government.


Nonprofit Organizations – Federal Government Grants is your source to findand apply for Federal government grants. There are over 1,000 grant programs offered by Federal grant making agencies.

Foundation Center
Maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants, and a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. They also operate research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy.

Non-profit Guides
Free web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups. The guides are designed to assist established non-profits through the grant-writing process.

Making a Difference through Volunteering & Nonprofit Careers
Learn How To Become’s mission is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder. Their section of Volunteering and Nonprofit Careers has a wealth of information on the importance of volunteering and nonprofit organizations.


Small Business Planning

Collin Small Business Development Center
Provides free consultation for starting a business, including planning, marketing, financial analysis, accounting, and how to hire employees.

Small Business Administration
Provides many tools for getting your business started, including over 25 online courses and a step-by-step guide to planning and starting a business; includes links to toolkits and services to aid in growing a business and improving your business knowledge.

Small Business Development Center
Funded by the SBA & UT San Antonio, includes links to sample business plans, checklists for starting your business, marketing information and much more.  Also links to downloadable forms and toolkits to help in managing and running a business.

City of Plano Economic Development Board
Provides information about economic development with links to facts about the city, online brochures, and a video on why Plano is a great city to live and work.

Dallas B.R.A.I.N. for Small Business
The Dallas Business Resource and Information Network (B.R.A.I.N.) is a partnership between the Dallas Public Library and Office of Economic Development that provides small businesses with access to startup and expansion resources.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses by providing access to free business tools, webinars, a network of volunteers for mentoring.

Texas Online – Texas Business Portal
Information on starting a business in Texas, laws and permits, government contacts, and employer resources.


Local and State Business Resources

Office of the Governor – Economic Development
Information regarding economic development initiatives by the Governor’s office. Links to state incentive programs, business recruiting and relocation programs, and business research data.

Texas Secretary of State
Provides start-up guides in addition to information on permits, licenses, trademarks, patents, and copyright.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Portal to business resources geared toward potential employers interested in starting a business or current employers in the process of growing their business. Links to state data, the Texas Workforce Commission, worker compensation requirements, and statistics on employment in the state.

Dallas Public Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center
As a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), Dallas Public Library is designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to provide free access to U.S.patents and trademark documents in the various formats in which they are published, trained staff to assist in using the resources, and public seminars on intellectual property (IP) topics.


Business Statistics

Effective and understandable analysis of business and industry statistics for the small business operator, useful financial ratios, market profitability, business statistics and benchmarks.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Federal statistical information on the Gross Domestic Product, international balance of payments and personal income.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Latest government statistics on the Consumer Price Index, payroll, Producer Price Index, unemployment and other government information related to the economy and business.

Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition
Research business sectors and opportunities using United States Census Bureau data. Create customized reports by providing sector and location information.

County Business Patterns
Census Bureau information on county, city, and zip code level business patterns.

Links to the statistics of over 100 federal agencies, information on states, counties, cities, and international comparisons, link to published statistics such as the Statistical Abstract of the United States. – The Official Business Link to the U.S. Government
Managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in a partnership with 21 other federal agencies. This partnership, known as Business Gateway, provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation’s businesses with their operations.


Last updated 5/10/2017