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Industry Codes

Find the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) and SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes that apply to your industry.

Business and Industry Databases

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Business Plans

  • Business Plans Handbook
    Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

Local Area Information

Research your competition in the place where you plan to start your business. Search for industry information in a local newspaper.

Find Professional Organizations for your Industry

Industry professional organizations collect data and statistics that may help with your business plan.

Find organization websites:

  • In your favorite search engine search the name of your industry plus the word "association" OR

  • Search Encyclopedia of Associations by the name of your industry

Industry Data

  • Economic Census of the United States
    Economic data about U.S. industries is collected every five years and released over time. Find data by NAICS code or U.S. state for number of businesses in an industry, revenues, number of paid employees, and more.

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