Research on Main Street

Update on Local Resources

For an upcoming presentation at the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey, California, I’ve been taking a closer look at some sources of local business and market information that I’ve discovered since the publication of Research on Main Street. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Regions and Cities section of the Eurostat website provides a single access point to sub-national statistics (epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/region_cities/introduction) for EU countries. Look for data on a variety of topics, including economy and finance, population and social conditions, trade and industry, and much more.

The SBA SizeUp Widget (www.sba.gov/sizeup) is a handy benchmarking tool for small businesses. Just enter a city and industry to compare revenues and salaries in your area or map your competitors, customers, and suppliers.

From the Urban Institute, MetroTrends (www.metrotrends.org) offers insights into the state of metropolitan economies. At this site, you can download the latest data, create interactive maps, and read expert commentary on the top 100 U.S. metro areas.

I’m always looking for new ideas for researching local demographics, economics, companies, people, and issues and will soon add a page to the Research on Main Street website for the latest resources. Let me know if you have any sites that should be included on this list, especially for non-U.S. local information. (mphelps@phelpsresearch.com)

About Marcy Phelps

Marcy Phelps is the president of Phelps Research (www.phelpsresearch.com), which provides market analysis for strategic business decisions. She blogs about turning information into insights at MarcyPhelps.com. She is the author of Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information. Follow Marcy on Twitter (@marcyphelps) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/marcyphelps).

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