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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Business Know-How

According to BizStats.com, there are 25 million businesses that file income tax returns in the U.S. About 25 percent have receipts of less than $25,000 per year, but whatever their size, businesses succeed or fail based in part on the quality of information they can gather -– about competitors, best practices, marketing, etc.

The Fairfax County Public Library helps business owners and managers increase the bottom line through free business resources you can access from our Web site.

All you need is a library card to access information that you’d ordinarily have to pay for, such as articles, profiles, rankings and other "business intelligence" on more than 300,000 companies. The library also gives you access to independent investment research, plus information from regional business journals and newspapers. Here in Fairfax County, you can choose from such business resources as Proquest’s ABI/Global, Gale’s Business and Company Resource Center, EbscoHost’s Business Source Elite and Regional Business News, as well as Morningstar and Reference U.S.A.

Additional resources are available in our library branches: STAT-USA, which offers U.S. government information on business, trade and the economy, and the Value Line Research Center, which gives you access to Value Line’s leading publications.

Our information professionals have also found the most useful Web sites for banking and economics, business and investment information. Feel free to contact us to help find the business facts you need. Call your nearest branch or use our Ask-a-Librarian service.

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