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Item Availability Notes
Return to the top of the page.General Guides :
Library subscription database Encyclopedia of American Industries
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2008   "Provides detailed, comprehensive information on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business."        caaiac 
Library subscription database Encyclopedia of Small Business
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2007   "This convenient and exhaustive print reference source is designed to provide entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. The Encyclopedia contains detailed articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business users, including financing; financial planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy; tax planning and more."        caaiac 
Library subscription database Gale E-Commerce Sourcebook
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2003   "Combines a variety of information, including how-to topics in e-commerce and directory listings of companies, services, associations, and government agencies related to e-commerce, to provide the most relevant information and resources. Organized into three sections: how-to topics, directory information, and a listing of the top 250 e-commerce companies worldwide. Also includes rankings by revenue and number of employees for the e-commerce companies listed."        caaiac 
Library reference bookl Doing Business in States Other than the State of Incoporation
Green Library REF KF1367.C654 no.84
Green Library REF KF1367.C654 no.85
via BNA
Sept., 2006   Two volumes, no. 84 covers Alabama through Michigan, no. 85 covers Minnesota through Wyoming.  This 2-volume work "discusses the process of qualifying to do business in a state, the penalties that could be imposed for failing to qualify, and the process for withdrawing from qualification if a corporation ceases to do business in a particular state."  Each volume includes a complete list of authors with address and email and a bibliography.   
Library reference book The Entrepreneur's Information Sourcebook:  Charting the Path to Small Business Success,
Green Library REF HD62.5.A96 2006
via Libraries Unlimited
2006   Provides sources of information (print and online) about all aspects of small business ownership and management, including business plans, government relations, startup and expansion, etc., by Susan C. Awe.        caaiad 
Library subscription annual How to Start a Business in Florida
Green Library DESK HD62.5.H68519 2007
via Entrepreneur Press
2007   A valuable guide to all aspects of beginning and operating a business in the state of Florida.  These include considering whether to open your own business to the pragmatic business considerations (including the business plan) as well as the legal aspect.  Part 2 is how to operate in Florida.  (Ignore the Table of Contents, where it states "How to Operate in Massachussetts;" it really is about Florida.)  An accompanying CD containing almost 200 forms is available in the Sound & Images Dept. on 5th floor.      [caaiad] 
Library subscription annual NFIB National Small Business Poll
Website not affiliated with FIU. Green Library DESK HD2346.U5N48
via National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation
2001-current   This looseleaf binder plus file provides 1-page summaries of polls conducted by the NFIB.  More complete data is available on their website at www.nfib.com/research.
Library reference book Small Business Sourcebook
Green Library REF HD2346.U5S65
via Gale
1999   A directory to published sources, people, organizations, and websites for information on various aspects of small business.  Most of this resource is arranged by industry (i.e., "hair salon," "editorial," "fish farm") but there is also a section by topic (i.e., "entrepreneurial skills," "Insurance," "marketing.")  The last volume also includes listing of resources by state.  See also this publishers online Encyclopedia of Small Business, 2007, listed above. 
Library reference book The Ultimate Small Business GuideA Resource for Startups and Growing Businesses
Green Library REF HD2340.8.U48
via Basic Books/Perseus
2004   A detailed guide to various aspects of starting, operating, and selling a business.  Includes a CD (in Green Library Sound & Image, 5th floor) and extensive bibliography, the latter including both publications and websites.nbsp;       caaiad 
Return to the top of the page.Business Tools, including Business Plans:            (See also:  On BIC: Management/Human Resources page, Tools for Businessmen
Library subscription database Business Plans Handbook, vol. 13 (2008)
via Gale Research
(Additional volumes can be found at:  Gale Virtual Reference Library)
2008   "A collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.  Each volume presents approximately 25 sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries—only company names and addresses have been changed.  Includes a sample business plan template and two fictional plans, a glossary of small business terms, and a directory section containing various listings of interest to entrepreneurs and consultants specializing in small business advice and planning." 
Library reference book The Complete Book of Business Plans, 2d ed.
Green Library REF HD62.5.C68 2006
via Sourcebooks, Inc.
2006   A very in-depth guide to writing a successful business plan, complete with workforms and examples, by Joseph A. Covello and Brian J. Hazelgren.        [caaiad] 
Library subscription annual How to Start a Business in Florida
Green Library DESK HD62.5.H68519 2007
via Entrepreneur Press
2007   A valuable guide to all aspects of beginning and operating a business in the state of Florida.  These include considering whether to open your own business to the pragmatic business considerations (including the business plan) as well as the legal aspect.  Part 2 is how to operate in Florida.  (Ignore the Table of Contents, where it states "How to Operate in Massachussetts;" it really is about Florida.)  An accompanying CD containing almost 200 forms is available in the Sound & Images Dept. on 5th floor.      [caaiad] 
Library reference book How to Write a Business Plan, 8th ed.
Green Library REF HD30.28.M3839 2007
via Nolo
2007   A guide to writing successful business plans, with several examples, by Mike McKeever.  Includes a bibliography of print and online sources of additional information.        [caaiad] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Appraisal Tool for Starting a Business
via US Small Business Administration
Check URL date   A quick, simple test to help you determine if you are really ready to start your own business. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU BPlans.com
Check URL date   This commercial site provides examples of business plans. For a fee, they have products that will modify their example plans or provide a guide to starting a business, as well as other entrepreneurial tools. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU CCH Business Owner's Toolkit
via CCH
Check URL date   CCH provides a combination of free and for-fee materials to aid the business owner/entrepreneur. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU National Institute of Standards and Technology
via U.S. NIST
Check URL date   NIST, formerly the National Bureau of Standards, works to establish standards for just about everything.  While there is much of interest for free, the actual standards usually require purchase. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU NSSN Search Engine for Standards
via ANSI
Check URL date   "A National Resource for Global Standards."  Provided by the American National Standards Institute, this service, with both basic and advanced search forms, searches several databases of standards.  In the "advanced" form, the searcher can choose 1 or more of the following fields:  American National Standards; US Standards; ISO/IEC/ITU Approved Standards; Non-US National and Regional Standards; US DoD Approved Standards; ANS Under Development; ISO/IEC Development Projects; US DoD Development Projects; and CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) References.  The results will provide descriptions of the standards and the appropriate numbers or other designations for purchase.&        [caahba] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU U.S. Business Advisor
via U.S. government
Check URL date   A collection of tools and links to help U.S. businesses.
Website not affiliated with FIU. Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser's tax estimator
via Miami-Dade County
Check website's date   This tool was created to help new home buyers estimate what their real estate tax will be their first year owning in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Return to the top of the page.Women in Business:
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Online Women's Business Center (OWBO)
via U.S. Small Business Administration
Check URL date   Provided by the Office of Women's Business Ownership within the SBA, this site has numerous resources for the businesswomen. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU U.S. Dept. of Labor Women's Bureau
via U.S. Dept. of Labor
Check URL date   This site provides information about women labor issues, including local offices, news, resources, and statistics.
Web site unaffiliated with FIU WomanOwned
via WomanOwned.com
Check URL date   The site, subtitled "Business Networks for Women," has a wide variety of materials, from how to start a business to growing to finding women-owned businesses.  The site does include relevant advertisements. 
Return to the top of the page.Miami Demographics & Marketing Data :
Library subscription annual MPA (Market Profile AnalysisMiami-Fort Lauderdale el al, FL
Green Library DESK HC108.M5M22
via D&B/Claritas
1978 - 2004 (Miami/Dade County only);
  2005-current;
older issues in REF
  This annual provides population and business demographics for Miami/Dade, Broward, & Palm Beach Counties, Florida.  The data is broken down by census tract within zip codes.  Sections include:  population factors, household factors, education and labor, industry and occupation factors, and business market factors, as well as census tract maps.
Return to the top of the page.Corporations & Finance:
Library subscription database Business NewsBank
via NewsBank InfoWeb
1993-date   Produces articles from the business sections of 400+ U.S. newspapers as well as many local business journals.  As a result, one of the first places to go for information on private companies.
Library subscription database Encyclopedia of Products & Industries:  Manufacturing
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2008   Produces articles from the business sections of 400+ U.S. newspapers as well as many local business journals.  As a result, one of the first places to go for information on private companies.
Website link Economic Statistics and Research
via US SBA Office of Advocacy
1995 - current   Provides data for research conducted under the Small Business Administration's purview, as well as state economic profiles; banking data; exporting, franchies, taxes, technology, and mergers; ownership by women, minorities, and veterans;and benefits and training, as well as other statistical data. 
Library reference book The South Florida Business Journal's Book of Lists
Green Library DESK HF5001.S65
via The South Florida Business Journal
Current;
older issues in PER
  This annual list of the largest, best, fastest, etc., covers both businesses and people in South Florida (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.)
Return to the top of the page.Florida State Government Resources:        (See also the individual county listings on the Government page for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, etc..)
Library reference bookl Florida State Grant Programs
Green Library DESK HJ200.F56
Current   A guide to grant programs from the State of Florida, with a guide to various departments, including the Department of Banking and Finance.
Website not affiliated with FIU. SunBiz, the Florida Dept. of State's business website.
via the Dept. of State, Florida
Current   This web site has many different resources, including "Starting a Business."

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