Free, public websites for business information.
Guide2Detroit Business Directory
ASAE Center for Association Leadership
Business Plan Samples
Small Business Administration website
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center website
Business News & Information (National & International)
allBusiness (a lot of ads)
BBC News (international perspective)
Best Online Bachelor's in Business Administration Programs
Business News & Information (Michigan)
Michigan Business Network
U.S. Census (people & households/business & industry/geography)
U.S. Census FactFinder (population/housing/economic/geographic)
Michigan State University global EDGE (international market information)
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget Labor Market Information (employment stats, income estimates, industry forecasts)
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (Funding Sources, Micro-Loan, Pre-Seed, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Firms)
Small Business Administration (SBA Loan Programs)
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Access to venture capital in Michigan)
Grants.gov (Federal Government Grants)
Grant Proposal Template from the Legal Action Council
Entrepreneur Fund (Supporting small business growth and development in MN and WI, but the knowledge applies to MI as well)
NAICS Codes (North American Industry Classification System)
SIC Codes (Standard Industry Classifications – up to 1987 then superseded by NAICS codes)
The Street calculators
Compound Annual Growth Calculator (The CAGR calculator is a useful tool when determining an annual growth rate on an investment whose value has fluctuated widely from one period to the next.)
Michigan State University MI Money Health - Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) through its Greening Michigan Institute is teaching standard financial and home ownership principles to people throughout Michigan.
Stock Symbol Lookup
Stock Prices (historical quotes)
Yahoo! Finance ( Investing (top tab) => choose “Stocks” on the drop-down menu => on the right column under “Research Tools” choose “Historical Quotes”. NOTE: You will need to know the company stock symbol to access this information.)
Stock Prices (real-time)
Type the full company name into the search box located below the “Home” tab. Click on the company name (the symbol will be displayed to the left of the full company name). The company profile will be displayed with the real-time stock price listed beneath the company name. NOTE ABOUT “REAL-TIME”: Real-time data is available during market hours (9:30 am to 4:00 pm Eastern time) and for the pre-market session (8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Eastern time).
Free, Public Websites for Business Information
CNNMoney (real-time for Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500)
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Provides free public access to corporate information, allowing you to quickly research a company’s financial information and operations by reviewing registration statements, prospectuses and periodic reports filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.* You also can find information about recent corporate events reported on Form 8-K but that a company does not have to disclose to investors.
* Form 10-K is an annual report; Form 10-Q is a quarterly report. Both include financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) and key business ratios.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - EDGAR
Provides help for investors on how to search within the Edgar database.
Starting a Business in Michigan
Doing Business in Michigan
Michigan Economic Development Corporation - Grow Your Business
Tax Information for Businesses
Internal Revenue Service