Business Resources

Research | Learning Opportunities | Small Business Planning | Area Data & Statistics

Research

Use your ACLA or CLP card to access these resources at work or home.
Business Source Premier – Current articles in over 2200 journals in all business disciplines. Additional non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.
Business & Investing Databases – Carnegie Library’s extensive collection of subscription-based services. Note: Some of the databases are only accessible using a CLP card or from within the Oakland branch.
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Learning Opportunities

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Business & Downtown – Check out the wide variety of business classes.
The Small Business Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh – Attend workshops and free consulting services for the establishment and growth of small businesses in Western Pennsylvania.
Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University – provides technical and management assistance to small businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Small Business Planning

The Tactics of Creating a Business Plan from Columbus Enterprise Development Corporation, is a detailed question and answer guide to writing a business plan with links to online resources and collections of data.
Business Plan Workbook – a step-by-step online workbook from MasterCard Working for Small Business that presents the components of a good plan, with in-depth explanations of ratios.
Business Plan Templates from SCORE – for a start-up and an established business.
Small Business Planner – The SBA outlines the entire business planning process with their Small Business Planner.

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Area Data & Statistics

Allegheny Conference on Community Development – Includes information about businesses and economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School: Center for Economic Development – Issues research on local economic and demographic conditions.
City of Pittsburgh City Planning Department – Offers demographic data by Pittsburgh neighborhood and various reports.
Pittsburgh Today – This is the web site of the Pittsburgh Regional Indicators Project, an attempt by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to provide fact-based information, relative to comparable regions, that will paint the most accurate portrait of Pittsburgh possible.
Pittsburgh Economic Quarterly – A publication dedicated entirely to economic change in the Pittsburgh region from the University of Pittsburgh.
PNC Bank: Regional Economic Reports – Analysis and forecasts of national, regional and global economic and financial trends provided in a variety of publications.

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