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Demographic Resources

US Census Bureau
The Bureau of the Census conducts the decennial census of population and housing, demographic and economic censuses, and more than 200 annual surveys, many of them for government services.
www.census.gov/statab/www/ccdb.html - County and City Data Book
www.quickfacts.census.gov/ - Quick Facts by State
www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ - Statistical Abstract of the United States

Chamber of Commerce
Contains a directory of all the chambers of commerce in Wisconsin.  Check your local chamber for demographic information and more.
Eau Claire:  www.eauclairechamber.org
Black River Falls:  www.blackrivercountry.net
Chippewa Falls:  www.chippewachamber.org
Menomonie:  www.menomoniechamber.org

City of Eau Claire
City of Eau Claire Economic Development Website contains demographic, geographic & company information about the City of Eau Claire.

Demographic Research
Demographic Research is a peer-revised journal specializing in international demographic data published by the German-based Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

Department of Commerce – Bureau of Economic Analysis
BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy.

Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Dept. of Labor provides impartial, timely, and accurate data relevant to the social and economic conditions of the nation, its workers and its workplaces.
www.bls.gov/cex - Consumer Expenditure Survey with information on spending habits.
www.bls.gov/oes - Occupational employment statistics

Department of Workforce Development
dwd.wisconsin.gov/oea - Office of Economic Advisors

Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation
The ECA-EDC provides demographic, geographic, and company information for area communities.

FEDSTATS
FEDSTATS is a gateway for statistics.

Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission
The MRRPC provides community profiles by county within the region.

Momentum West
Momentum West is a Regional Economic Development Organization composed of ten counties:  Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, and St. Croix.

Population Reference Bureau
PRB provides timely and objective information on U.S. and international population trends and their implications.

Sperling’s Best Places
Best Places provides detailed demographic information on every zip code in the U.S.  

Sprawl City
Sprawl City is a website about consumption growth and population growth and their roles in urban sprawl.  It includes articles, charts, graphs and U.S. Federal data.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics
UNESCO provides global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture, and communication.

U.S. Department of Commerce
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce gathers vast quantities of economic and demographic data, issues patents & trademarks, helps set industrial standards, forecasts the weather, researches the oceans and oversees the telecommunications policies.

University of Michigan Documents Center
The UM Document Center has an extensive list of resources for finding demographic  and housing data, especially sources containing U.S. Census data.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography & Ecology
The UW-Madison Center provides demographic internet sources.
    
White House’s Social Statistics Briefing Room
This site provides easy access to current Federal social statistics.

Wisconsin Business Services
The Wisconsin Business Services contains a variety of information from unemployment rates to census statistics.  It also provides information on a county-by-county basis.

Wisconsin Department of Commerce
This site covers economic development, community development, environmental & regulatory, marketing & technology, international & minority business assistance, demographics, labor market, licensing, and more.
http://commerce.wi.gov/IE/ - International Division

Industry/Association Resources

American Society of Association Executives
This site contains a directory of member associations, other organizations, societies, convention centers, and bureaus.

American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association is a non-profit membership association that provides free data briefs, articles, and research.
    
First Research    
Industry profiles and market research papers for sale, free abstracts for single use.

Hoovers, Inc.
A D&B Company delivering insight and analysis about companies, industries, and people.

National Association of Home Builders
NAHB has economic and housing Data, as well as construction statistics.

TradePub.com
Free trade magazine subscriptions & technical document downloads.

Other Helpful Resources

BizStarts Milwaukee
From the Milwaukee 7 Region, connect resources, content, and contacts that will assist entrepreneurs to launch new enterprises.

Biz Trade Shows
Trade show directory by industry, location and date.

Business.usa.gov
Business.usa.gov provides small business guides that provide clear and concise information to help you manage your business while complying with government regulations.  It covers topics from advertising to taxes.  Each guide provides a collection of resources from across federal, state and local governments
    
Business Know-How
Small business ideas, advice and resources.

Business Owners Toolkit
Business Owner’s Toolkit™ offers more than 5,000 pages of free cost-cutting tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates to small business owners and entrepreneurs.  
Copyrights
Copyrights offers information on copyright basics, search copyright records, registering a work, record a document, and copyright laws and policies.

Dun & Bradstreet
Information on businesses available for purchase including business credit.

Entrepreneur
This site has information about entrepreneurship in general.

Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Region
        
Federal Trade Commission
The agency has a long tradition of maintaining a competitive marketplace for both consumers and businesses.

FindLaw for Business
This site is here to help you find solutions to your legal issues by providing you with easy and comprehensive access to small business lawyers and legal information.

Forward Wisconsin
This site has information about Wisconsin, including business climate, business taxes, workforce, lifestyle and industry.

Idea Café
Online forum with business advice and discussion from small business owners.

Inc
This is a daily resource for entrepreneurs.  
    
Internal Revenue Service    
Check out the small business tax section on this site.

KnowThis
KnowThis contains information on marketing, market research, marketing plans, and internet marketing.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
This site is a great resource site for hi-tech, small manufacturers, and industry.

Net MBA
Articles on various topics of business administration from the Internet Center for Management and Business Administration.

Quantcast
Get Audience Data for any Site on the Internet.

Quirk’s Marketing Research Review
This site is an online magazine on market research.
    
SBDCNET
Services on this site include a database of forms, documents, SBDC locations, brochures and promotional materials, secondary market research data, demographic information, business plans, market research, financial ratio information, and much more.
    
Small Business Administration
This site has a lot of information on starting or growing a business, financing, marketing, and business plans.  There are also links to numerous resources that can provide assistance in starting or growing a business.

Switch Board Yellow Pages
This free site is a great digital directory site to locate businesses and people.
        
The Virtual Business Incubator
This site contains a lot of information on starting and growing a business.

Thomas Register
Thomas Register is a search engine of American manufacturers by product or service.  

TSNN.com
Trade show and event resource and directory.

United States Department of Labor
    
United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration
    
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
This site offers information on patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  It also offers the opportunity to search all patents, trademarks, and copyrights on file.

United States Securities & Exchange Commission
The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

U.S. Government’s Export Portal
Use this site to learn about export basics, country information, tariff rates, overseas product promotion, filing a trade complaint, and protecting your intellectual property.

USA.gov
This site offers information on buying from and selling to the government, launching a business, state programs, exporting, financial assistance and business taxes.

Wisconsin Entrepreneur Network (WEN)
This site offers numerous resources to the Wisconsin entrepreneur such as information related to business plan writing, resource links to various business related agencies, associations, and clubs, funding resources, and event calendars.

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC)
The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors.

Word of Mouth Marketing Association
Marketing tips, emphasizing word of mouth and social media.

Work.com
From Business.com, Work.com is the entrepreneur's owner's manual to where to go, what to know, and how to get the most value from the ever-growing array of Web resources for the small business owner/operator.

Business Publications

River Valley Business Report: www.rivervalleynewspapers.com/businessreport
Chippewa Valley Business Report: www.chippewavalleybusinessreport.com
The Bottom Line: www.tblnet.com

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