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Business Information Services

Whether you are starting, operating, or growing your business in the Southeast Texas area, as a UH/CP SBDC client you can utilize the services of our business research librarian to help you find the information you need to be successful.  Our business information services include access to our business library in midtown Houston -- a comprehensive research and reference library offering extensive online and print business tools and resources -- and general reference assistance in conducting industry and market research.  Reference services include help and direction in collecting industry or market statistics needed for a business or marketing plan, researching specific market or industry trends, and identifying competitors, suppliers or potential customers.

Customized research services are provided exclusively to our University of Houston Small Business Development Center Network clients and are accessible through your consultant at UH/CP SDBC.  Our professional business librarian can access on-line business reference sources to research, collate and present you with information including in-depth industry and market research, detailed reports on competition, ring study capabilities for comprehensive site analyses, and access to specialized databases for targeted market research.

Visit our library in midtown Houston at 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.  Get directions.   Library Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please call (713) 752-8415 to verify hours for the week.

Or, ask a question via email at sbdclibrary@uh.edu.  Our professional business librarian will send an email response. 

Link to additional business information resources at these websites:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/ – articles and startup information on several businesses
http://www.sba.gov/starting_business/-- SBA start-up information
http://www.houstontx.gov/onestop/ -- Getting Started Packet

  Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center - Your Small Business Advantage

 http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html

 http://www.consumercredit.com/   American Consumer Credit Counseling is a non-profit credit counseling agency that helps consumers and business owners take control of their financial lives through credit counseling, debt consolidation and financial education. 

Business and Market Research

http://www.census.gov/ – U.S. Bureau of the Census – extensive statistical data
http://www.econdata.net/ –Links to regional statistical data
www.adage.com/americandemographics - Demographic articles
http://www.maritzreserach.com/ –American consumer surveys
http://www.emarketer.com/ –Stats on e-commerce
http://www.internetnews.com/ –Internet stats
http://www.zapdata.com/ – Prospect lists, company research, industry reports
http://www.buyusa.com/ –Find non-U.S. importers and buyers seeking U.S. sources of supply

Business Plans


www.score.org 
http://www.bplans.com/
www.businessplans.org/
www133.americanexpress.com/
www.planware.org/

Important Governmental Resources

Governor’s Office – Economic Development and Tourism – http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/ecodev/sba/
Secretary of State (incorporation) – http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
TX Online-TX at your Fingertips – http://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/
Workforce Commission -- http://www.twc.state.tx.us/