Carolina Business News Initiative
This list of 250 links to resources for business reporters is probably one of the most comprehensive resources for business journalists. From the University of North Carolina COJMC.
World Economic Outlook
A database from the International Monetary Fund that allows journalists to compare economic outlook by country & year base on the IMF April, 2010 report.
Poynter: Five-Minute Guide to S&P, U.S. Credit Rating
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consumer Price Index Database
Select an item (gas, food, etc.) and track price increases nationally over time. Great quick reference for stories. You also can track it by region or major metropolitan area by using the image map and pulldown menu on this page
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Inflation Calculator
Yahoo! Finance Earnings Calendar
Track when a company's earnings reports are due.
MAPLight.org: Money and Politics
Database makes connections between legislative votes and campaign donations.
Map allows you to track foreclosures nationwide.
Reviews on thousands of consumer products, organized by type of product. It includes a searchable database. It's very helpful for getting a quick snapshot of a new product you might be writing about.
Consumer Reports Magazine
Social Security Calculator
Use this online tool to estimate what your Social Security income would be a particular age.
Tools for Business Journalists
From Prof. Joshua Mills of Baruch College.
Tracks corporate sites, consumer affairs blogs.
Business for Social Responsibility
Tracks news and legislation relating to corporate responsibility.
Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston College site works with global corporations to help them define, plan and operationalize corporate citizenship.
Corporate Responsibility Newswire
News feed of stories relevant to businesses acting responsibly.
News, conferences, podcasts and editorial content that covers corporate responsibility internationally.
Forbes People Tracker
Track more than 120,000 executives and members of the Forbes rich and celebrity lists. Cusomized e-mail alerts (free!), research public companies and news updates!
Forbes Layoff Tracker
Launched in January 2001, this site tracks layoffs issued by companies on the Forbes 500 list.
Global Rich List Database
Business resources on the federal, state and local level.
Statute of Limitations on Debts
Current Value of Money (History)
Includes the history of money.
USA Today: Answers to Questions about Unemployment Benefits
A great resource for regional economic data.
Mark Thoma's blog on economic issues.
Federal Reserve 101
Basic facts, research, etc.
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: Consumer Complaint Database
Data from the consumer credit card complaints.
Forbes 400: The 400 Wealthiest Americans
Search the database by name, rank or age.
Fiscal Policy Institute
Releases hundreds of reports and projections on the economy, inlcuding several after the 9-11 attacks.
NY Times: Primer on the Eurozone Crisis
Great FAQ list on how Europe's economy impacts the U.S.
The Biz Toolkit
From the James J. Hill Reference Library, this free site offers links to various business research topics.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development State Information
Great multimedia storytelling.
Spending Smart Blog
LibGuides at Duke University
Research private companies.
Track business trends with in-depth company profiles, market analysis, virtual tours and breaking news from a market intelligence company.
Forbes: 10 Most Over-Priced Places to Live
Has prices from more than 30,000 stations around the United States.
Reviews of new economics and finance research, sortable by topic. Easy-to-read, little jargon
Developed by Enviornmental Defense, a nonprofit group. Offers U.S. average wood consumption energy use, and other environmental impacts of different kinds of paper.
Business Week: Industry Innovation
Stories, surveys, slideshow, design board, etc. Tracks how certain industries are finding new ways to research and develop products.
Forbes: America?s Most Philanthropic Corporations
Resources that monitor a company?s claim on a label. Also helps customers decipher what?s on a label. Very handy in covering consumer issues.
Grad Money Matters
Tips on managing money, including top 10 lists. Helpful to journalists looking for tips/graphics to accompany finance stories.
NFCC Financial Education Blog
Fiscal Policy Institute: Economic Fallout of WTC Attacks
A preliminary report (in .PDF format) says New York stands to lose 108,000 jobs as result of the September 11 terrorist attacks and $16.9 billion in total lost output for the New York City economy.
A great site. Roots out the funding sources of the most notorious anti-consumer groups. It continually adds profiles on the first of every month.
Free business forms and legal templates.
A government consumer-protection guide.
J.D. Power Consumer Center
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection
Financial tips site.
Consumer Price Index
Check the index for your area.
Credit card stats, ratings, etc.
Index Credit Cards
Credit card offers site, but also has ratings, statistics, etc.
Credit card ratings.
Consumer Automotive Guide
Offers informative pages on prices, ratings and reviews, best-buy vehicles and stories about the automotive industry.
View recall announcements once they go public: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, etc.
U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration
Oil Price Information Service
National Flea Market Association
Search for flea market location by state.
Business Week Extras
Slideshows, interactive maps, etc. that complement the magazine's content.
An independent Web-based reporting aimed at "exposing securities fraud and corporate chicanery."
Spending Smart Blog
Consumer advice from the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call.
Interesting blog items and news from Russ Fox, E.A., of Clayton Financial and Tax of Irvine, Calif.
IJnet: Online Resources for Business Journalists Covering Asia
The NewsMarket, Inc.
A journalist's resource for B-roll, this site provides thousands of images free to television newsrooms. Users can preview video, read press materials and order video clips online. Delivery options include digital file transfer via FTP, whereby the material moves from TNM's server to the user's server; satellite feeds via APTN or tape delivery can also be requested. There is no cost to news professionals. The NewsMarket's primary service is providing broadcasters with video from the world's leading companies and organizations; news stories and archived stock shots from a large and growing range of sources. Particularly helpful to business and medical-health reporters.
Economic.com: How the Great Recession Was Brought to an End (.PDF)
It's mission is to "investigate, inform and improve the credibility of information published on the World Wide Web."
CorpTech Relaunches Web Site
The relaunched database contains profiles of over 50,000 U.S. "hi-tech related" companies. Areas include biotech, computer, defense, medical, and transportation. The site offers a variety of free, pay-per-view, and subscription content. CorpTech was acquired by OneSource Information in 1999.
BizNet Experts Database
From American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, this site follows trends and issues in the banking industry.
A business site that networks thousands of professionals. Helps you find jobs, locate employees and close deals.
Senate.gov: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse
Guide to Finding American Companies
Slate: Occupy Wall Street Timeline
Smart Money: Tax Bill Database
Plug in income and expenses to this database to determine how much your taxes will be cut by the new tax bill.
Mortgage Bankers of America
Business Week Online: Best Business Schools
Forbes.com Event Calendar
Lists business and economic events, conferences, earning reports, etc.
Corporate Communications Broadcast Network
Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality
The World Bank Open Data
Free databases and tools.
Google Public Data Explorer
Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.
U.S. Treasury: Debt Limit
Corporate Business Travel News Magazine
Travelocity: Car Rental Taxes Database
A state-by-state breakdown.
NPR: Planet Money
U.S. International Trade Commission
Press releases, research and more.
Obsessive Consumption is a documentation of spending habits of Kate Bingaman, a 26-year-old, third-year graduate student in design at the University of Nebraska. The site tracks 22 months of purchases ? and growing.
MSN: Jobs and Paychecks by County
Track the best and worst for jobs, pay, pay increases, etc.
National Fraud Information Center
A great consumer protection site.
Fraud: GSA List of People Excluded from Government Contracts
This newsletter site is dedicated to fighting online hype and disinformation.
The American Antitrust Institute Antitrust Research Guide
A not-for-profit Washington, DC, think tank provides an easy-to-use format, with plain-English annotations and research tips to help antitrust neophytes and sophisticates quickly find useful materials on antitrust law, policy, legislation, enforcement, and more. Access is free. The AAI says the site is content-neutral, giving users access to commentary and analysis from across the spectrum of antitrust, political and economic perspectives. Contains a search tool and table of contents to find resources and links.
National Association of Consumer Agency Administration
Consumer Federation of America
PBS Frontline: Business/Economy
A collection of companion Web sites on various business issues.
Financial Services Industry: U.S. 2002 Financial Services Factbook
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Look up international development data.
Each American City Business Journal should lists dozens of resources, including the top 25-100 employers in its metro area, which you can either order online or view the top 5 of online.
PR Newswire Press Room
A journalist-only site that has an archive of news releases and photos, expert sources through ProfNet, multimedia, a directory of company contacts and more.
A super resource for business and technology information.
Annual Reports for Investors
Covering Poverty: A Tool Kit for Journalists
Created by The Grady Center at the University of Georgia.
National Consumers League
Business 2.0: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business
USPTO: Trademark Database
Check this database to see if something is trademarked; be it a logo or a name. Hit the search button under the trademark heading on the left side navigation. Enter what you'd like to search for an you'll get a response including type of business, intended use, date of filing, etc. It is just a great resource.
Department of Labor: Women?s Business Resources
Tips, statistics and other handy resources for anyone reporting on trends with women in business.
Forbes.com: Terrorism Insurance
The impact 9-11 has had on insurance rates.
Risk and Insurance Management Society
Lemon Law America
Lists legal rights for car buyers.
Phone Company Complaints
Identity Theft Resource Center
Wirefly.com: Cell Phone Rates
Number Portability: Cell Phone Rates
CellUpdate.com: Cell Phone Rates
Business Week Online: Best Business Schools
Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy
American Management Association
The Business Insider
Economic Policy Institute
A nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers.
Knight Center Beat Guide: Business Reporting
From the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, this site offers tutorials, tip sheets and more on how to cover business.
This site claims to be the world?s largest collection of internal and corporate memos. It collects information from a variety of sources, so you need to be careful and check the validity of the memos. Use this site, but use it with caution.
Best of the Web Today
James Taranto's great Wall Street Journal/Opinion Journal column features stories and resources.
This site, built by CNN and Money magazine, launched Oct. 2001.
CNNfn.com's Investor Research Center
Upgrades, downgrades, economic calendar, Wall Street research database (need ticker symbol) and more.
CNNfn's CEO Page
News on company leaders.
CNNfn.com's Financial Briefs
Short, breaking stories on stocks, tech and more.
Federal Consumer Information Center
U.S. Bankruptcy Statistics
From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the U.S. Courts, based on basic bankruptcy filings in 2001. .PDF files.
CBS News: An Agency-by-Agency Guide to Obama's Budget
MSN Money: The 102 Best Money Sites
AmeriStat Earnings Study
Tips on online shopping safety tips from the American Bar Association.
Description: Glossary Agent(tm) is an expanding, focused gateway to online monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual glossaries in insurance and related fields such as law and finance. Topics include environmental protection, finance, health care, information technology, insurance, law, medicine, safety, transportation and weather.
National Institute for Consumer Education
Dozens of reference materials and links from Eastern Michigan University.
MSNBC: Government Tax Refund DatabaseSome states
Does a state and/or the IRS owe you money? Type your name into this database and see.
also have now put their lists of people who are owed money online.
Businesswire's Expert Source Service
American Society of Business Publication Editors
Offers business news and lets you create your own list of industries you're interested in.
National Foundation for Women Business Owners
This British site is for business and technology journalists. Also includes job listings (in Britain).
Read what employees are saying about corporate culture at companies across the country. Good for sourcing and job hunting.
Housing Opportunity Index
The National Association of Home Builder's database ranks the nation's most affordable housing markets.
Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
WTO and Gatt Research
The guide, which is focused on sources from the United States, gives pointers for reviewing the World Trade Organization through research, covering a variety of materials in electronic, print, and microfiche formats.
OJR: Researching Technology Businesses
Business Telephone Directory
Business Directory by County
Global Edge Resource Desk
A great one-stop site for anyone covering international business. Hundreds of links to global business resources: trade law, federal government, banking, stock exchanges, mailing lists, company directories, statistics resources, associations and organizations.
International Business Advisor
Dozens of articles and trend stories, some high-tech.
Pro Publica: The Wall Street Money Machine
The Pulitzer-winning series on how Wall Street caused world economic collapse.
IMF's Global Economic Outlook
The International Monetary Fund site offers several great online resources.
Wall Street Journal City Profiles
Click on a city name to review WSJ's exclusive, in-depth report, including taxation and cost-of-living data, education resources, arts and recreation activities, crime statistics and additional sources of information.
Deloitte & Touche: Fast500.com
Fastest-growing tech companies in North America.
Deloitte & Touche: Fast50.com
Fastest-growing tech companies in 20 regions in the United States and Canada.
Digital Economy 2000
Find out why the federal government thinks information technology products and services are harbingers of a new era of higher, sustained growth. Keep in mind this was developed before all the layoffs.
This site gives you "instant free access and step-by-step commentary for 1,025 top business sites from 95 countries."
2011 Temkin Trust Ratings
Internet Business Library
A great Internet resources page from the University of Kansas.
Material Safety Data Sheet Repository
A site full of testimonials and consumer safety data. Search and sort by product, industry, etc.
Wacky Patent of the Month
American Society of Association Executives
An alternative search engine for locating associations.
Madalyn Business Research Tool
From the University of Delaware, this site helps you search accounting, economics, technology and international business sites, among others.
Government Finance Officers Association
This association offers background on public-sector finance and accounting.
Esquire's Finance Column
SmartMoney.com Broker Meter
This calculator analyzes your salary based on experience, education, etc.
Financial Economics Network
Content from various journals.
A site for restaurant owners, it features a searchable database of restaurant listings.
Restaurant.org Research Page
National Restaurant Association offers hundreds of statistics and projections.
National Center for Employee Ownership
Telemarketing Revenge Site
Links to resources that can help consumers gain vengeance, or maybe a monetary settlement, from obnoxious telemarketers.
Publishing consumer financial information since 1995. Consumers can compare mortgage, auto, CD and credit card rates for financial institutions across the country. The site also publishes daily analysis on the financial markets and how they impact mortgage rates. It can provide journalists with the average interest rate on popular mortgage loan products for any day for the past two years.
Financial and investor news.
Yahoo! Iplace Database
See how much houses have sold for in any given area.
Stats on shoplifting, purchases, etc.
National associations, research resources and more.
FlipDog's Business and Technology Resources
Links to hundreds of business sites.
Financial Times: Euro Issues
Features terms tied to current events. A very helpful resource. You have to pay for some items, though.
J.D. Power Consumer Center
Consumer Protection Agency
Bank Marketing Association
An affiliate organization of the American Banking Association. You need to be a member to use it.
Saving Advice: 50 Ways To Save Money on Food
National Council on Aging: BenefitsCheckUp.org
Economic Journals on the Web
An alphabetical listing of hundreds of global sites.
Service Corps of Retired Executives
Good sources for business stories. Some consulting, business tips.
Legal Journals Online
A listing of hundreds of journals from all over the world, many of them related to business.
Business Information Sources Online
A dynamite listing of hundreds of business sites in alphabetical order.
The Daily Deal
Covers deals and dealmakers. Sections include Movers & Shakers and Media Maneuvers.
Gary Price's List of Lists
Links to rankings of various kinds, some general business in one big page.
Links for Business Journalists
From Reuters' Jon Oatis.
Baruch College's links page
Prof. Josh Mills' links for business journalists.
NY Times Cyber Business Connection
You need a password to NY Times to get in. This set of links was compiled by Rich Meislin, editor in chief of The New York Times Electronic Media Company.
Networking Enron Xers Back to Work
Free daily business news and how-to guides.
OandA.com Currency Converter
This site allows you to convert for a specific day or a range of dates (up to 2000 days).
U.S. Currency Converter
Converts only the U.S. money.
XE.com Currency Converter
Use this site for computations involving the historical value other nations' currency.
Insights into the types of information investors are looking.
Business2.com: Top 101 Dumb Business Mistakes
A literature and publishing news site.
Annual County Business Patterns
Contains leading economic indicators and statistics on levels of income, poverty and labor.
Ask Jeeves Business Insight
A business solutions sight with some search capabilities.
Search articles, newsletters, press releases and company research.
Links to dozens of economics and personal finance sites. A great one-stop site.
Harvard Business Review
Research and investigations on hundreds of industries.
Class Action Database
A collection of class action lawsuits broken down by topics.
The daily e-mail newsletter from Technologic Partners is a way to get the skinny on dot-com companies and the high-tech sector.
Philanthropy News Network
Seniors can check federal and state benefits at this site. Good background for reporters covering this issue.
U.S. Trademarks Search
Business search engine.
CNET's Technology Enterprise Business Section
Big-think sources, ideas and trends for business stories.
AgriBiz Business Site
Economic and Social Research Council
A British economic research site.
Wall Street Journal Database of Homes Sold
Searchable database of homes sold in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Data for some states goes back nearly 20 years.
California's Pacific Gas and Electric
The site features several pages related to the blackouts, including maps, company bankruptcy documents and more.
This page links to advice to journalists covering the automotive industry.
Type in a vehicle's VIN (I.D.) number and trace its history. Was it in a wreck? Was the odometer moved back?
Kelley Blue Book Prices
Look up current-year Blue Book prices on cars from all years.
Government newsletter on consumer issues.
Consumer Reports Online
Several great studies on consumer products.
More than 600 links to regional economic data.
About.com's Business Resources Page
Internet resources from Louisiana State University libraries.
Click on the business link.
Wharton Business Knowledge
A variety of tools from Penn's Wharton School of Business. Knowledge@Wharton is an Internet-based guide to competitive information.
Directory of British Business Resources
British Business Info.
British Companies House Disqualified Directors
A free consumer-oriented, searchable site that features, general interest, business, holidays, and trade show events set to occur in the U.K. and elsewhere. There is some U.S. material.
U.S. News: Alpha Consumer
A helpful consumer information blog.
International Trademark Assn.
Tax Foundation: New State Business Tax Climate Index
Directories for airlines, attorneys, doctors and other categories.
AnswerConnect Global Yellow Pages
American B2B Yellow Pages
Asia Yellow Pages
China Yellow Pages
Biz Links: British MBA program
A dynamite list of global business links.
Electronic Business Information
SelectSurf Business Links
Links to several great politics sites.
Like Ask Mr. Jeeves, this has phone directories, company background and more.
A venture capital investment bank that features helpful news releases, a resources page and more.
Links to several industry sites.
News and notes about the business side of the TV industry.
CNN: Top 500 Zip Codes for Foreclosures
Treasury Releases Business Taxation and Global Competitiveness Background Paper
This UK-focused Wiki-style business directory accepts free business listings, consumer reviews of businesses and allows registered users to edit and add to business information.
World's 300 Largest Pension Funds
Wall Street Journal: Markets Data Center
A great quick-reference tool. Access to this does not require a subscription to the WSJ.
Track the Consumer Price Index
Bank for International Settlements Database
Tracks new research published sites of the participating central banks.
Consumer Electronics Association
Industry news, trends and statistics on use of certain electronics. Includes an e-newsletter.
Coupons galore, but the site also offers consumer shopping and savings tips that are helpful for readers.
Coupons galore, but the site also offers consumer shopping and savings tips that are helpful for readers.
MRA The Management Association
A not-for-profit employers association that features some statistics and studies.
TNS Retail Forward
Market research firm tracks consumer habits. It includes American ShopperScape, an annual study that analyzes consumer shopping behaviors.
A free guide to consumer information.
Baruch Links for Business Media
Information on publicly traded companies.
Wall Street Journal Wallet Blog
Personal finance, investing news and trends.
Compare competitive airline fares on this site.
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
MintLife: Personal Finance News & Advice
Great blog full of financial tips. Good tool for sourcing.
Edmunds.com: True Cost-to-Own Calculator
Car purchase calculator that figures in gas, maintenance, etc.
Wisebread: Five Things to Know About This Year's Tax Changes