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Business and Company Information

  • Business and Company Information
    • Banking
    • Companies
      • International Companies
        • Lists companies by services and products. Provides links to company's internet site.
        • Business-to-business directory covering 2.6 million companies, primarily in European countries.

        • Find industrial product and company information from around the world.  Thomas Global Register is part of Solusource and this directory is hosted on the World Industrial Reporter website.

        • Covers over 5 million companies in 60 countries.

      • Private Companies
        • Includes toll free telephone number of businesses.
        • Online directory of industrial and manufacturing products and services searchable by company, product, or service.

        • Includes businesses with detailed street location map.
        • Formerly known as Thomas Register of American Manufacturers.  Includes manufacturers and suppliers in US and in Canada. Searchable by product, company, and brand name.

      • Public Companies
        • Provides links to annual reports of many publicly held companies. Includes also annual reports of selected nonprofit organizations.
        • This official Securities and Exchanges Commission site offers annual reports and 10-K statements of all publicly held companies.
        • Includes publicly held companies in US and Canada.
    • Industry & Economy
    • International Trade
      • Country Specific: Regulations & Practices
        • Summarize all information you need to know in order to trade with a specific country. Includes each country's demographics, political environment, economic outlook and trends, trade regulations and standards, business travel overview, etc.

        • Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University. This site leads to research, data, profiles, and tools for international business and trade information by country, by region, by trade bloc, by industry, etc.

        • More than 100 Guides to doing business for Countries, States or Provinces compiled by Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms.

        • Provides access to product suppliers and service providers from Hong Kong and China. Includes information on trade leads, tradeshows, and practical tips for doing business in Hong Kong and in China.

        • Lists manufacturers in Taiwan.

      • International Trade Statistics
      • Supporting Services
        • California Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development website with links to information on the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program, export assistance, trade offices in Mexico and China, foreign direct investment, etc.

        • Maintained by California Economic Diversification And Revitalization (CEDAR), this site offers many valuable links to export guides and regulations, trade leads, international directories, and other resources relevant to international trade such as shipping.
        • Assists in export financing of US goods and services by offering direct and intermediary loans to foreign buyers of US exports, working capital and loan guarantees.
        • Portal to all export-related assistance and market information offered by the federal government, providing trade leads, free export counseling and help with the export process. Click on "Partner Agencies" to find other links, including the U.S. Commercial Service, which give additional information.
        • The daily journal of trade logistics. The new JOC Week paper edition is located at the Reference Desk in the Business & Economics Department in the Central Library.
        • The SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives Association), is made up of retired, professional business managers from all disciplines of business and government. They volunteer their time to provide free management and business counseling and workshops.
        • Supported by the International Trade Administration, the Trade Information Center is the first stop for information about all federal export assistance programs, as well as country and regional market information.

        • Official site of the US Bureau of Export Administration offers information on export regulations and related information on exporting from US.
        • Provides assistance in researching foreign markets, making business contacts overseas, and promoting products abroad.

        • Provides general information about custom regulations.
      • Trade Leads and Suppliers
    • Investment
      • Bonds, Commodities and Mutual Funds
        • Offers basic information on investing in bonds and how to read bond prices in the daily newspapers.
        • Offers rating and financial analysis of mutual funds as well as stocks.
          • The Commodity Markets Outlook is published in the third week of January, April, July, and October.  Pink Sheets are released on the third business day of the month. 
      • Investment Information & Stock Analysis
        • This site gives all sorts of help to the investor. Pages include a glossary of investment terms, building an investment plan from scratch, basic investment principles, techniques for picking stocks, and others.
        • A commercial site that has the latest Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Includes links to the EDGAR SEC IPO filings and other sites of interest.
        • Provides stock quotes, company news, and opinions on publicly traded companies. Graphs and charts are available for most companies. A humorous and insightful approach to investing.
        • Provides comprehensive investment assistance and financial information about publicly held companies.
      • Quick Quotes and Charts
        • Provides stock quotes, charts and links to stocks, mutual funds and futures traded in all major exchanges. Historical information included. Market reports on each exchange included.
        • Provides opening, closing, high, low, volume information, including splits and dividends and foreign currency exchange rates. Historical information downloadable in spreadsheet format. Covers bonds, mutual funds as well as EFTs [Exchange Traded Funds] and indices. Market reports available.
      • Stock and Commodity Exchanges
    • Labor & Employment
    • Real Estate
      • Finding a Home
        • News and charts from the Los Angeles Times and others on the housing market, including resales by zip code and foreclosures.
        • Includes new home production, floor plans, and real estate market of the U.S. Links to 7,000 home builders' sites.
        • Includes listings for homes available for sale, and links to other useful information relating to home buying.
        • Includes real estate listing outside U.S.

      • General Resources
        • This site provides information on industry data and expenditure analysis of commercial real estate.

        • This site provides consumer and industry information for California real estate industry. Its Economics page offers current economic trends and forecast.
        • Maintained by Microsoft, this site offers a one-stop shopping service for home hunters. Links to neighborhood information, price comparison, mortgage calculations, and property listing.
        • Includes home listing, directory of realtors, and links to other useful resources in home buying.
      • Government Housing Agencies
      • Mortgage
    • Small Business
      • Business Plans
      • General Resources
        • Franchise and home-based business information.

        • Free, easy-to-access online articles on 650 management topics to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (profit or nonprofit).  Each topic lists recommended books and related library topics.  Automated translator option in upper left hand corner.

        • Contains a wide variety of onlne information for the entrepreneur and small business owner.

        • Small-business blog launched by Small Business Office of Advocacy focusing on regulatory issues, small-business research and state regulatory activity.

      • Start-Up Information
        • Includes links to franchise information.
        • Includes information tabs on business activities including Startups, Marketing, Franchises, etc.

        •  Links to information on starting your business, increasing your business, and supporting entrepreneurship.

        • Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder offers information on fictitious business names, also known as "Doing Business As" or DBA.  This site explains how to file and offers options for searching names in use in Los Angeles County.

        • Fictitious Business Name Statements (DBA) searches for Los Angeles County provided from Chamber of Commerce Journal site.

        • New business portal for the City of Los Angeles, launched September 2016, and may eventually replace the Los Angeles Works portal listed below.  Provides information to plan, start, manage, and grow a business. Features a Start Up Guide that maps out registering a new business and making it compliant, covering city registration, business name, seller’s permit and use taxes, and Employee Identification Number.  Provides listings and links to various City Departments, BusinessSource Centers, and other support organizations and programs serving businesses.

        • The official city portal for business in Los Angeles: may eventually be phased out in favor of the LA Business Portal listed above.  This site contains links to: City Business Source Center, Office of Small Business and International Business.  It also contains information on how to start, grow, and move a business to Los Angeles.

        • Franchise resource information from the Small Business Administration.

      • Supporting Organization
        • Free service provided by the City of Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Committee (MBOC) and the Los Angeles Opportunities & Procurement Services. Contract opportunities, jobs, and permits & licenses information are highlighted.
        • Provides businesses with information on permits and other requirements of California agencies at all levels of government, and links. Searchable by type of business and location.
        • Tools and guidance needed to become successful.

        • Basic steps including applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), selecting a business structure, paying employee and business taxes.

        • Offers information, referrals, and one-on-one professional business counseling, and regular workshops to small business owners.

        • Local chapter offering mentoring, workshops and networking events for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Check library events calendar for mentors available in the Los Angeles Public Library.

        • The official home page of Small Business Administration offers assistance, regulatory information, and statistics relating to small businesses.

        • Non-profit business development corporation offers services to small and medium sized business owners, entrepreneurs and members of the communities it serves. It operates and facilitates several programs and projects such as the SBA Women's Business Center and the Historic Downtown Retail Project.
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