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How do I find trends in this industry?





How do I find industry information?

  • ABI / INFORM → “advanced search”         Limit your search to only reports under document type.
  • Industry profiles: Business Source Complete. use the Advanced Search...then limit by publication type...and then limit by geography, company, and others on the result page

How do I find information about similar businesses near me?

Where do I find a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis?

Where do I find market research reports?




Sources for Business Plans:

In Print

Business plans handbook : a compilation of actual business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America.
Reference Collection. Ref HD62.7 .B865. Non-Circulating
Reference is on the 1st floor of the library.
The ebook version is in Gale Virtual Reference Library, under and click "Business" on the left, then choose your book from the results.


Use the ebook search tool under the books tab to search by title or subject.  For help downloading eBooks, see the tutorial at

Suggested eBooks:

How to Write a Business Plan

Plans: 3 samples in Appendixes
A. Business Plan for a Small Service Business
B. Business Plan for a Manufacturing Business
C. Business Plan for Project Development

Anatomy of a Business Plan : A Step-by-step Guide to Building a Business and Securing Your Company's Future

Plans: See the Appendixes
Appendix I: Marine Art of California Business Plan
Appendix II: Dayne Landscaping, Inc. Business Plan
Appendix III: Wholesale Mobile, Inc. Business Plan
Also includes blank forms and worksheets

The Economist Guide To Business Planning

Also has a website to download their business planning models in Excel

Business Planning Guide: Creating a Winning Plan for Success

Appendix III: Sample Business Plans

  • Financing Proposal for Finestkind Seafoods, Inc.
  • World Beat Tours Business Plan
  • VSA arts New Hampshire Business Plan


Links with samples:

Other Possibly Useful Websites

Business magazines and newspapers in our library


Created by S. Slivan 2/3/2014
Updated by J. Anderson 2/3/2016