June 2012 Archives

Company Reports and Overviews

Greetings!

In a recent issue of Business Week there is a most interesting article about a very very successful Minnesota-based company, Fastenal:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-02-23/fastenals-runaway-stock-success#p1


This is an excellent example of a small start-up doing well. Very well! This is entrepreneurship at its best!!

The Fastenal article brought my attention to a company I had not thought about before. So I did what I always do:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastenal

The Wikipedia is usually a great starting point for basics, definitions, links, clues and context, although we do have to be wary of its informal origins.

If you want to know a lot more about a company, particularly in established and recognized sources, you will need to search for information on our UMD Library business databases:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jvileta/lsbeessential.html

The first step is to look for company reports and overviews. I have become aware that some reports are better known than others, so I encourage you to look at each and understand what they can do for you.

Our major reports & overviews sources are:

Datamonitor via our Business Source Premier database with its famous SWOT Analysis.

Analyst Reports via our MorningStar database with unique focused insight.

Standard & Poor's Reports via our NetAdvantage database

Mergent Pre-Defined Reports via our Mergent Online database

Hoover's In-Dept Reports via our Lexis-Nexis Academic database

Company Histories via our Business & Company Resource Center database

Annual Reports via our Mergent Online database

Investment Reports, like "Valu Engine" via our Business & Company Resource Center database

Moody's Mergent Manuals, with annual summaries back to 1909, via our Mergent/Moody's database.

Value Line, provides long respected analysis, but is not yet online at UMD, access it at: Value Line

Fastenal, like many other B2B companies, does not show up on some of our consumer/marketing databases like GMID PassPort or Mintel. But many B2C company reports are on these databases..

For future reference, please also consult our Company Overview Reports FAQ page.

I hope that you will become more aware of our useful company overview reports by taking time to look at each one.. If you have any questions or comments, please email or call.

Most appreciated!

Thanks !!!

"Job Search" and "Databases after Graduation"

Greetings!

We have complied two new FAQ's of interest to all LSBE students:

Can I access the databases after graduation?


Job Search with UMD Library Databases


Thanks !!!

SBRnet is now available !!

Greetings!

I have good news! Here at UMD we now have access to a new database called SBRnet.

We have new capability here. SBRnet covers a gap in our searching resources. This database should be particularly valuable for our new Sports Marketing course, however, the information in this database could be useful to anyone doing research on sports business topics, or sports products, or even business economics.

SBRnet provides resources related to the business of sports including industry-developed market research, government statistics, facility reports and news, international market publications, customized research, and directories.

SBRnet's site combines market research from the largest single research supplier to the industry, the National Sporting Goods Association; the U.S. Department of Commerce; various sports governing bodies; and full-text articles from 14 magazines and newsletters published by VNU, the world's largest sporting goods trade publisher, and newsletters provided by leading independent industry experts.

SBRnet can be accessed from our UMD Library Homepage Database section and it is linked in numerous spots on our Business Research Launch Pad.

You may want to access it from this page with its related links:


or, directly, here.

If you have any questions or comments, please give me a call.

Thanks !!!

We now have BizMiner !

Greetings!

I have good news! Here at UMD we now have access to a new database called BizMiner.

We have new capability here. This database will help people in business start-ups, industry analysis, economic analysis, ratio analysis, and benchmarking. This database should be valuable for all our LSBE Departments.

BizMiner offers industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Their market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code. BizMiner is a great resource to use when developing business plans, or for any sort of entrepreneurship initiatives where you need to measure peer performance in an industry. Types of reports:
Industry Financial Profiles
U.S. & Local Market Research Reports (includes business failure rates)
Area Demographic Profiles
Sole Proprietor/Startup Profit & Loss
Local Market Vitality Profile

BizMiner can be accessed from our UMD Library Homepage Database section and it is linked in numerous spots on our Business Research Launch Pad. You may want to access it from this page with its related links:

or, directly, here:


If you have any questions or comments, please give me a call.

Thanks !!!

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