The ReferenceUSA database contains, in module format, detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses. Other modules include Corp Tech and International Businesses.
Business Source Elite available through the EbscoHost database
Business Source Premier provides full-text coverage for nearly 1,100 business periodicals ranging from general magazines to trade publications and top management journals.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full text reference titles available online 24/7 in business, health and education, including titles on business plans and marketing.
Regional Business News available through EbscoHost
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States, updated on a daily basis.
Small Business Resource Center - Quick Start Tutorial - Searching Tutorial
Small Business Resource Center is a comprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more. Also included is the entire Business Plans Handbook Series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs.
The Thomas Register Directory
ThomasNet, is the most comprehensive resource for finding information on suppliers of industrial products and services in North America.
The Internet Public Library: Business & Finance:
The Internet Public Library: Business & Finance includes the realms of commerce and industry, the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services and the management of economic systems.
The Library of Congress Business Reference Services:
A directory of general business topics selected and evaluated by the Library of Congress. From "accounting" to "women in business" and everything in-between, you will find a comprehensive list of business links.
U.S. Small Business Administration:
The Small Business Administration web page includes business plan templates, information on financing and grants, as well as links to individual state sites and other useful sources.
SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business:
SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is America's premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. A resource partner of the SBA, SCORE offices are located throughout each state. SCORE can help your small business by answering tax questions, help you find funding and a lot more.
Encyclopedia of Small Business:
This Encyclopedia defines and then details issues faced by small businesses, including accounting, competitive bids, and outsourcing, among many other topics.
MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions.
Consumer protection basics… plain and simple.
Investing for the Long Run - from Morningstar
The Investor's Clearinghouse:
Sponsored by the Alliance for Investor Education, The Investor's clearinghouse is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. The Investor's Clearinghouse offers reports and other information on consumer finance issues such as compulsive buying, senior investment fraud, retirement savings and home equities.
Path to Investing:
"Path to Investing" offers clear, objective, and practical information that can help individuals become educated investors. Included is expert guidance from investment professionals, as well as investment perspectives for different lifestyles. Quizzes, calculators, and puzzles to sharpen your investment focus are also offered.
A fun site that has some great overviews of the stock market plus other financial and economic topics. Try the "Chimp-a-go-go" where you can click to learn something random everyday!
Big Charts offers company and industry information, interactive charts and news services, and historical quotes (for non-defunct companies). This site also offers lists of the best and worst performing industries based on stock price percent changes. A great free resource for building comparative charts of stocks and indices.
Motley Fool's "Fool School" (free registration required)
This is a great site for personal edification as well as learning a little about investing and some of the various markets.
Billing itself as the "internet home of Fortune and Money" magazine, among others, the CNN Money site covers all of the markets and provides numerous tutorials and overviews of finance-related topics.
Yahoo! Finance is a fairly straightforward site to turn to for easy-to-manipulate stock information, including historical coverage and the ability to compare across companies and/or indices.
Stock Basics from Investopedia.com
A good place to learn the basics of stocks from what they are to how they're traded.
Zack's.com (some free)
Zack's pulls together data feeds and printed research reports on over 10,000 companies from over 185 brokerage firms. They also record over 25,000 earnings estimate revisions and changes in broker recommendations weekly.
Bloomberg.com (some free)
Bloomberg provides financial news and data through its proprietary, stand-alone Bloomberg Terminal. Full access to Bloomberg data offers coverage of almost every kind of financial data out there, not just stock information.
Individual exchanges and indices also have information on their sites. Here are some examples:
Standard & Poor's indices (some free)