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ACCT 3701  Accounting SBI Project, Fall 2014


For Loren Erickson
Accounting SBI Project -- ACCT 3701
Fall 2014


Suggested Sources for Company and Industrial Analysis 

Business Insights: Essentials
This is an excellent source for information in periodicals and it has a number on electronic business reference sources as well. Look up companies by name, see periodicals, company histories, company rankings, market share, some financials, company lines of business that are connected to excellent industry overviews.  Use the Advanced Search option to find company histories, company rankings, market share, and industry overviews.

Business Source Premier
Search for periodical information on company name, industry, product, etc.
In our various business periodical indexes, search on company name in one box, and another word or concept in another box…. Concepts like “strategy” or “strategic” or some other word related to your research interests. Business Source Premier is the best place to search and browse popular, trade, and scholarly academic journals. Use the "company profiles" option to search for useful DataMonitor reports by company name.

Global Marketing Information Database (GMID)
This is our best source for international marketing information. Here are narrative reports and statistics on consumer products, consumer lifestyles, and retailing structures of 50-60 major nations, including the United States. 4,000 international company reports can be found here too. Use the keyword “Text” search option located on the upper left corner of the screen.

Lexis Nexis Academic
Search for periodicals on topics, and make sure to find a Hoovers In-Depth Company Reports in the “Business” section of the database. Articles may contain information on industry trends and etc.

Mergent Online
Excellent source for 15 years of financial data, company financial ratios, annual reports and other financial data. 

Mintel Reports  Database containing over 600 consumer product and service marketing reports. Most are US and UK based. They are full of amazing detail and analysis. 

Good company information, and make sure to look at the broad industry overviews. These are excellent. 




Our best source for newspaper information with archives going back almost 30 years. This contains the full text of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Business Analyst Online

Business Analyst Online (BAO) is a Web-based solution that makes custom site evaluation and market analysis fast and easy. Utilizing extensive demographic, consumer spending, and business data, BAO provides detailed information and insights about consumers, their lifestyles and buying behavior, and businesses in your market area. With BAO, you can:

  • Analyze trade areas, competition, supply and demand
  • Evaluate sites
  • Determine population within a specific drive-time or distance
  • Identify and segment customers
  • Reach your customers more effectively
  • Explore markets in the US
  • Click here to create an account and start using.
To start using this database, I recommend viewing this  short video:

FAQs are here:

More videos on how to use:

If you create an account properly, reports are generated at no charge...if you see a request for payment, you did not create your account properly.

Reference USA

Directory of U.S. business. Lists size of company, year established, type of business, credit rating, top personnel, yearly sales and more. Data can be searched by name of company, name of officers, geographic area, SIC, size, revenue or any combination.

ReferenceUSA FAQ and Tutorials

Other Suggested Websites

Business Reference FAQs:

Industry Information

Industry Overviews (Reports)

NAICS Classification and NAICS Search

What is NAICS?

How to search for NAICS Numbers?

SWOT Analysis

How to find SWOT Analysis

Comparing Companies -- Financial Ratios

Sources of Ratios

Our featured Financial Ratio Databases

eStatement Studies (available until October 31, 2014)

eStatement Studies is the online version of the RMA Annual Statement Studies. The Annual Statement Studies are a source of composite performance metrics derived directly from the financial statements of financial institutions’ borrowers and prospects. These financial statements come directly to RMA from its member institutions, which get their data straight from their customers. Includes Financial Ratio Benchmarks, Industry Default Probabilities and Cash Flow Measures, and individual NAICS downloads to Excel®.


BizMiner offers industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Their market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code. Bizminer is a great resource to use when developing business plans, or for any sort of entrepreneurship initiatives where you need to measure peer performance in an industry. Types of reports:

  • Industry Financial Profiles
  • U.S.  & Local Market Research Reports (includes business failure rates)
  • Area Demographic Profiles
  • Sole Proprietor/Startup Profit & Loss
  • Local Market Vitality Profile

BizMiner Video Tutorials


And, consult books in our Reference Collection like these:


Manufacturing and Distribution USA Manufacturing and Distribution USA: REF HD 9721 .M364 2006 (3 vols.)
[Electronic Version  (2009(2011) (2013)


If you are giving classroom presentations, note the useful information you will find in:

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