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- The resources available here have been curated specifically for your Entrepreneurship Capstone project. These resources will help you acquire the secondary research needed for your project.
- Please speak with, or email Mrs. Steever with your specific data needs so she can guide you to the resources most pertinent to your project.
Rhode Island Resources
Rhode Island Business Services Portal
The Rhode Island Business Portal is designed to help business owners access the tools to plan, start, and maintain your business or non-profit.
Rhode Island Business Data Hub
The Department of State, Division of Business Services maintains Rhode Island’s state business registry. We record new business formations, types of business activities conducted, business location, and business closings in Rhode Island.
The following interactive data visualizations illustrate the business landscape across the state based on the entities that file with our office.
Consumer Statistics - Gain info on potential customers and consumer markets
US Small Business Association
US Small Business Association
Access to market research and competitive analysis data. Market research helps you find customers for your business. Competitive analysis helps you make your business unique. Combine them to find an advantage for your business.
US SBA Size-Up Tool
Analyze Your Business - If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. SizeUp will help you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against competitors, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise.
General Business Statistics - Find statistics on industries and business conditions
Access to data on media, business, finance, politics and more.
United States Government's Open Data.
Census Business Builder
Select the business type to research by selecting it from the "Most Popular" or by using the "Type of Business Search".
Statistical Abstract of the US: 2012
Comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Reference for Business
Financial planning, market analysis, sales, business plans, tax planning, and human resources information.
North American Industry Classification System - NAICS
NAICS is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
NAICS code look-up
Use this resource to look up a specific industry code in the NAICS database.
A-Z databases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database, ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, and market research.
National and State Trade Groups
Demographic Data - Segment the population for targeting customers
US Patent and Trademark Office
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The "New to IP" section provides links to practical and important basic educational resources about the USPTO. Check out the “Find it Fast” feature. This feature provides direct links to our most popular Patent and Trademark Tools.
Provides learning, future-focused and strategic research and knowledge resources for association professionals.
How to find a manufacturer or supplier for your product idea. Written by Corey Ferreira for Shopify Blogs.
Trade Statistics - Track indicators of sales and market performance
Production and Sales Statistics - Understand demand, costs and consumer spending
Competitive Analysis Tools
Porters Five Forces
Several industries might be competing to serve the same market you’re targeting. That’s why you should make sure to differentiate your competitive analysis by industry. There are many methods for doing this, including Porter’s Five Forces analysis. Important industry factors to consider include level of competition, threat of new competitors or services, and the effect of suppliers and customers on price.