Recommended Business Websites

Free, public websites for business information.

Business Associations

Yahoo Business Directory
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)

Yahoo! News  
CNNMoney 
MSNBC 
allBusiness  (a lot of ads)
BBC News (international perspective)
Best Online Bachelor's in Business Administration Programs

Business News & Information (Michigan)

Michigan Business Network

Demographics

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)

InsYght

This free service connects you to resources that can help start or grow your business today. InsYght matches you with entrepreneur tools based on your unique profile requirements. Click here to visit the InsYght website.

Financing/Capital

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)

Industry Codes

NAICS Codes (North American Industry Classification System)
SIC Codes (Standard Industry Classifications – up to 1987 then superseded by NAICS codes)

Investment Websites

Calculators

The Street calculators 
Investopedia 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.)

Investment Education

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

Yahoo! Finance

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)

Yahoo! Finance
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

Market Indices

CNNMoney (real-time for Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500)

SEC Filings

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: Michigan Business One Stop

Michigan.gov One Stop for Doing Business in Michigan
Michigan Economic Development Corporation - Grow Your Business

Tax Information for Businesses

Internal Revenue Service
Michigan.gov