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Whether you are starting, operating, or growing your business in the East Texas area, we can help you do the research you need to stay competitive.  Our business information services include access to the University of Houston SBDC Network's business library -- a comprehensive research and reference library offering extensive online and print business tools and resources -- and general reference assistance in conducting industry and market research.  Reference services include help and direction in collecting industry or market statistics needed for a business or marketing plan, researching specific market or industry trends, and identifying competitors, suppliers or potential customers.

Customized research services are provided exclusively to our Small Business Development Center Network clients. Through our Network's professional business librarian, we access on-line business reference sources to research, collate and present clients with information including in-depth industry and market research, detailed reports on competition, ring study capabilities for comprehensive site analyses, and access to specialized databases for targeted market research.

University of Houston SBDC Network's library is located in midtown Houston at 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.  Library Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please call (713) 752-8415 to verify hours for the week.

Or, ask a question via email at sbdclibrary@uh.edu.  Our Network's professional business librarian will send an email response. 

Link to additional business information resources at these websites:

www.entrepreneur.com/ – articles and startup information on several businesses
www.sba.gov/- SBA start-up information

Business and Market Research

http://www.census.gov/ – U.S. Bureau of the Census – extensive statistical data
http://www.econdata.net/ –Links to regional statistical data
http://www.maritzresearch.com/ –American consumer surveys
http://www.emarketer.com/ –Stats on e-commerce
http://www.internetnews.com/ –Internet stats
http://www.zapdata.com/ – Prospect lists, company research, industry reports
www.buyusa.gov/ –Find non-U.S. importers and buyers seeking U.S. sources of supply

Business Plans

www.bplans.com/
www.businessplans.org/
www.planware.org/

City of Lufkin/County/State Information

City of Lufkin -- http://www.cityoflufkin.com/
Angelina County -- http://www.angelinacounty.net/
Nacogdoches County -- http://www.co.nacogdoches.tx.us
Houston County -- http://www.co.houston.tx.us/ips/cms
Polk County -- http://www.co.polk.tx.us/ips/cms
Tyler County -- http://www.co.tyler.tx.us/ips/cms
Alcoholic and Beverage Commission – http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/
Commission on Environmental Quality –http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/
Comptroller of Public Accounts -- http://window.state.tx.us/
Department of Insurance -- http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/
Family and Protective Services (child care)  http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/
Governor’s Office – Economic Development and Tourism – http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/ecodev/sba/
Secretary of State (incorporation) – http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
TX Online-TX at your Fingertips – http://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/
Workforce Commission -- http://www.twc.state.tx.us/

Governor’s Office – Economic Development and Tourism –

http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/ecodev/sba/
Secretary of State (incorporation) – http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
TX Online-TX at your Fingertips – http://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/
Workforce Commission -- http://www.twc.state.tx.us/