BMGT: Entrepreneurship: On the Web

Government Data

Geographic & Industry Profiles

Data USA provides profiles of states, cities, and counties, as well as profiles of industries, occupations, and education, through easily read charts and graphs.

Market Research

Esri's Know Your Neighborhood app provides the top three tapestry (consumer) profiles of a ZIP code. Searchable by ZIP code, it is useful for understanding regional markets and visualizing annual spending habits, disposable income, and demographics.

This video tutorial demonstrates how to use Esri Tapestry Segmentation to learn more about your target market.

Local Demographics

The Columbus Region

The Columbus Region website provides data on local demographics, infrastructure and area industries. You can also access resources for Columbus entrepreneurs and startups.

Employee Info

O*Net is traditionally used in employment searches, but for the entrepreneur it's a great source for answering questions about potential employee skills and abilities, expected salary and education levels.

Starting a Business in Ohio

The 1st Stop Business Connection is the easiest way to learn about starting a business in Ohio. It provides free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey. It offers a wealth of information on starting a personal business, from hiring and training employees, filings and payments, to licenses and permits and financial assistance.

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