Free Business Resources

These were my favorite free business resources in 2010 and they are still some of the best resources available. These sites prove that sometimes you get more than you pay for. Machine readable datasets from Uncle Sam

Economic Census 2007: Every 5 years, counts businesses, employees and payroll, down to the zip code

EDGAR: free SEC filings

Purdue: Historical annual reports, interlibrary loan the print copies from your local library

Guidestar: Form 990 from Non-profits

WSJ Market Data Center: Stock market research

PwC MoneyTree: Venture Capital funding by state and industry

Bundle: Tracks consumer spending based on credit card receipts

ESRI: Tapestry segmentation describes neighborhoods by lifestyle and lifestage of the community, search by zip

Check Facebook: Facebook user statistics

SpyFu: Keywords with Highest Cost Per Click

Quantcast:  Web traffic statistics

Wards Auto: Car and truck sales data

Energy Information Administration: All things oil, gas, and sustainable energy

CrunchBase: Database of technology firms, funding information provided

VGChartz: Video games and console sales data

ThomasNet: Directory of manufacturers

Marketing Charts: Data and charts for marketers

Aviary: Tools for editing images, audio, and video

Prezi: Cloud based presentation tool, cross between whiteboard and slides

Business School FAQ: Penn Libraries specific, but an excellent way to determine which resources print and databases have the answers to  your business questions

See more free business resources for TLA 2012.