For a business owner, obtaining the right information is as important as finding the right location, or getting the best price.
|Matthew Spirn, a success story from the Farmingdale SBDC, made good use of research from the Research Network.|
The Small Business Development Center in New York is one of only a few SBDCs in the U.S. with a full-time library (which we call the Research Network). Its services are available for free, but only to New York SBDC clients.
This is a fraction of what our librarians can offer:
- Identifying local competitors
- Ring studies providing demographic information
- Tables and maps showing consumer spending habits
- Finding relevant trade association or regulatory contacts
- Locating articles written about ventures similar to yours
- Providing financial norms and ratios for your industry
- Conducting preliminary patent or trademark searches
And much more. There are many free resources on the Internet, but a lot of critical information is beyond the reach of a search engine. The Research Network has access to many databases that clients might not otherwise have.
Recent blog posts from the
Since 1992, the Research Network has provided in-depth research for over 25,000 clients. Here’s what some of them have had to say:
“I want to thank you for the demographic study you prepared for me. I don’t think I could have gotten a better study if I would have hired a firm to do it.”
“I wanted to personally thank you for helping with the research that went into our market analysis and marketing strategy. You helped in our winning a business plan competition at the Brooklyn Public Library!”
“I have spent quite a bit of time with the information you sent me. It is an enormous amount of information, and I found it extremely useful for writing my marketing plan and putting together my budget. It looks to be a very promising year.”
“Thanks for all the tremendous market research.”
If you’re not a client of the New York SBDC, you can get a taste of what the library offers by reading its blog. It’s been around since May 2005, and features neat material discovered by the librarians since that time:
If you’re not a client of the SBDC, but want to be, then go here: