Business Resources

General Business Information

Michigan Business One Stop – Your Source for Doing Business in Michigan. Apply for licenses on-line, Register a Business, File Reports Online, Manage Business Taxes and more.

Michigan Insyght – InsYght is a free service that helps you identify exactly what is available to support your business needs. No matter the stage of your idea or business, InsYght gives you access to critical resources that fit your unique profile.

Oakland County Facts and Stats – Facts and stats about Oakland County’s labor market, real estate, demographics, economic forecast, and more.


Company Information

EDGAR Database of Corporate Information – SEC filings, rules, small business information.

Insurance News Network – Financial strength ratings on insurance companies from Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings.

Annual Report Service – After a free registration, you will have access to hundreds of annual reports.


Directories and Publications

Entrepreneur Magazine – “The online Small Business Authority”

Inc. Online – “The Web Site for Growing Companies”

Business Week – Online version of the weekly magazine.

Crain’s Detroit Business – Keep up with the local scene, large and small business info.

NumberWay – Phone books from around the world including white and yellow pages plus fax and e-mail.


Business Economics

Great Lakes Information Network – Economy of the Great Lakes Region with news, general resources and publications.

Consumer Price Indexes  – Current CPI index, news releases, data and other publications


Small Business

Business Owner’s Toolkit – a resource for small business owners, offering free business plans and startup advice. The section of the site that offers business reports and trademark/patent searches requires registration and fees.

Fast Company – Cutting edge site defining the new world of business and the people who make it happen.

Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center – Counseling, training, research information for manufacturing, retail and service firms.

SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – Retired executives volunteering to share their expertise with small businesses.

Small Business Association of Michigan – Organization devoted to the exclusive interest and concern of small business in Michigan.

U.S. Small Business Administration – Starting, financing, expanding your business, plus much more.

US Patent and Trademark Office – General information, patent searches, forms, fee information, etc.


International Business (General)

globalEDGE – Extensive index to international news, trade information, directories, mailing lists, and government resources

Oxford Analytica – Growing directory of international resources arranged by topic, region, and country

International Monetary Fund – Established to help promote the health of the world economy. Links to the World Economic Outlook, updated each month.

Kompass – International database of 1.5 million manufacturing companies; excellent site for finding sales prospects


Canadian Business – Information on setting up a business in Canada; everything from financing to taxation to human resources

SEDAR Similar to the U.S. EDGAR; contains company financial reports filed with the Canadian securities exchange

Statistics Canada Includes economic indicators, community profiles, demographics, current and future trends, etc.

Industry Canada – Very comprehensive source to explore markets, research products and industries, locate benchmarking tools, and obtain intellectual property information on searchable online databases

Toronto Stock Exchange TSX Group owns and operates Canada’s two national stock exchanges – Toronto Stock Exchange for the senior equity market and TSX Venture Exchange for the venture equity market; site offers quotes, trading, investor relations information and more