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Entrepreneurship & Small Business: Industry

Resources for planning a business or feasibility study.

Industry Research

Industry reports provide general information about the industry and industry operations:

  • Major companies/key players
  • Suppliers and resources
  • Regulations which impact the industry and its suppliers
  • Performance benchmarks
  • Emerging trends and issues

Industry Resources to Explore


An industry classification code can ensure relevant results since many databases allow you to use this code to search the contents. Two codes that are assigned to all US businesses are NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) and its precursor SIC (Standard Industrial Classification).

  • NAICS: North American Industry Classification System
  • SIC: Standard Industrial Classification

If you have trouble finding the right code, you can always look for a similar/competing company in a database such as Reference USA and find the codes there.

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