Reference services include help and direction in collecting industry or market statistics needed for a business or marketing plan, researching specific market or industry trends, and identifying competitors, suppliers or potential customers.
Customized research services are provided exclusively to our Small Business Development Center Network clients. Through our professional business librarian, we access on-line business reference sources to research, collate and present clients with information including in-depth industry and market research, detailed reports on competition, ring study capabilities for comprehensive site analyses, and access to specialized data bases for targeted market research.
Visit the library in midtown Houston at 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Click here for directions. Library Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call (713) 752-8415 to confirm hours for the week.
Or, ask a question via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our professional business librarian will send an email response. Or, contact us to discuss your marketing research needs.
Link to additional business information resources at these websites:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/ – articles and startup information on several businesses
http://www.sba.gov/starting_business/ -- SBA start-up information
http://www.houstontx.gov/onestop/ -- Getting Started Packet
Business and Market Research
http://www.census.gov/ – U.S. Bureau of the Census – extensive statistical data
http://www.econdata.net/ –Links to regional statistical data
www.adage.com/americandemographics - Demographic articles
http://www.maritzreserach.com/ –American consumer surveys
http://www.emarketer.com/ –Stats on e-commerce
http://www.internetnews.com/ –Internet stats
http://www.zapdata.com/ – Prospect lists, company research, industry reports
http://www.buyusa.com/ –Find non-U.S. importers and buyers seeking U.S. sources of supply
City of Houston/County/State Information
City of Houston -- http://www.houstontx.gov/onestop
Harris County -- http://www.co.harris.tx.us/
Brazoria County -- http://www.brazoria-county.com/
Fort Bend County -- http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us/
Galveston County -- http://www.co.galveston.tx.us/
Montgomery County -- http://www.co.montgomery.tx.us/
Alcoholic and Beverage Commission – http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/
Commission on Environmental Quality –http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/
Comptroller of Public Accounts -- http://window.state.tx.us/
Department of Insurance -- http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/
Family and Protective Services (child care) http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/
Governor’s Office – Economic Development and Tourism –
Secretary of State (incorporation) – http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
TX Online-TX at your Fingertips – http://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/
Workforce Commission -- http://www.twc.state.tx.us/