For a complete list of USCMarshall Electronic Resources go to:
Search USC Libraries (HOMER or QUICK SEARCH) for books and periodicals using the following words and phrases:
To find more books and ebooks on the subject of Entrepreneurship, click the link below to search our catalog:
There are a number of resources to help entrepreneurs create a business plan. Crocker Library has subscription access to the Business Plans Handbook (see above) a multi-volume set containing business plans of actual businesses. These are other online resources for free business plans:
Search ARTICLE databases using terms like ENTREPRENEURSHIP, SMALL BUSINESS, SMALL ENTERPRISE, NEW BUSINESS, START-UPS (START UPS), PRIVATE ENTERPRISE.
Use subject search tools in databases (e.g. Thesaurus or Subject) to find subject headings and help refine a search; refine further by adding industry type(s), if applicable.
US Census - North American Industry Classification System: the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
Standard Industrialization Codes (SIC) were originally developed in the mid-1980s and have been supplanted by NAICS codes, but are still used as indexing identifiers for businesses.
LogLink provides cross-indexing for SIC and NAICS codes.
See databases listed on the left side of this page for links to databases.
Industry Data, Norms and Ratios
BCRC - Business & Company Resource Center: find research trends on industries. Search for specific industries or use SIC/NAICS codes; full access to Los Angeles Business Journal and Entrepreneur journals.
eStatement Studies: search by industry code or keyword identifier
Hoovers: contains comparative ratios for companies that are benchmarked against their primary industry
Mergent Online: Contains company ratios going back as far as 15 years.
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage to find industry trends, 'How the Industry Operates'
ValueLine: Industry snapshots contain select ratios (click on 'Standard Edition' then 'Industry Look-Up').
The value chain is the set of activities contributing to the production, distribution and marketing of goods and services. The following resources will provide some information on the value chain or parts of the value chain.
IBIS World contains reports on hundreds of U.S., Global and Chinese industries. Keyword search by industry or company. Each industry report includes a section on COST STRUCTURE.
Mergent Online provides a list of suppliers by company (as available); this is often helpful in supply chain analysis. Within a company's profile, click on the Horizon tab to find 'Suppliers', 'Partners' and 'Customers'.
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage contains key industry reports. Look at the section 'How the Industry Operates' for value chain analysis.
Use these websites to find upcoming trade shows, exhibitions, or business networking events in your industry. Also, search for local "convention centers" (Los Angeles, Anahein, Long Beach, Las Vegas) and view their Calendars.