Business/Entrepreneurship Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of business and entrepreneurship.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


Business:  The Ultimate Resource.  William Morrison Garland, ed.  Call number:  REF 658 Business

Dunn & Bradstreet's Doing Business Around the World.  Terri Morrison et al.  Call number:  REF  658.848

How to Set Up Your Own Small Business.  Kris Solie-Johnson.  2 volumes.  Call number:  REF 658.022


Barron's Business Guides:  Dictionary of Business Terms.  Jack P. Friedman.  Call number:  REF 650.03 Friedman.

The Dictionary of Retailing.  Rona Ostrow and Sweetman R. Smith.  Call number:  REF 658.87 Ost.

The Language of Small Business:  A Complete Dictionary of Small Business Terms.  Carl O. Trautmann.
     Call number:  REF 658.022 Trautmann.

Prentice Hall Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Terms.  Wilbur Cross.  Call number:  REF 650.03 Cross.


Concise Encyclopedia of Advertising.  Kenneth E. Clow and Donald Baack.  Call number:  REF 659.103 Clow.


 101 Business Ratios:  A Manager's Handbook of Definitions, Equations, and Computer Algorithms.  Sheldon
     Gates.  Call number:  REF 658.1511 Gates.

LIBRARY CALL NUMBERS TO BROWSE:  650 to 659, 338, 347

The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on business and entrepreneurship. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books. When searching by subject, use one or more of the subject headings below:

Business Planning
Entrepreneurship Handbooks, Manuals
New Business Enterprises Handbooks, Manuals
Small Business Finance
Small Business Handbooks, Manuals
Success in Business Handbooks, Manuals
Venture Capital

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The following databases may be useful in locating information on Napa history. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card or e-card to access them.
Lexis-Nexis Academic  on campus use only
General OneFile (Gale)
General BusinessFile


For a quick profile of a public company's financial position, use one of the following:

Google Finance

Hoover's Online

Reuters Stocks

Yahoo! Finance
" contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and a panel of experts. has won several awards as a valuable "plain talk" resource. It is owned and operated by Palo Alto Software, Inc. as a free resource to help entrepreneurs plan better businesses."
" is the U.S. Government's official website for small businesses. provides access to Federal, state, and local information that helps business owners successfully start and operate while staying compliant with laws and regulations."

California Secretary of State:  Business Search
U.S. State Corporations database providing business records by state.

Edward Lowe Foundation
The Edward Lowe Foundation supports and provides information resources and educational opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Site features "Ask Entrepreneur", business ideas, how-to-guides, getting financing, finding customers, free Entrepreneur newsletters and much more.

Entrepreneuring:  The Ten Commandments for Building a Growth Company
This book presents ten basic principles for starting and growing a business; this PDF presents highlights from the book.

Forbes Lists
Locate different rankings of companies on the Forbes lists by sales, profits, assets, or market value.

Inc. 500
The Inc. 500 provides a list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States.

Kaufmann Foundation
Promotes entrepreneurial success at all levels, from elementary school students to high-growth entrepreneurs. The Foundation's entrepreneurship website is devoted to this topic and provides more information about programs and resources in this arena.

ThomasNet identifies over 100,000 U.S. manufacturing and service companies by product category and by company name.  Includes information on subsidiaries, divisions and small companies.  Provides a catalog file of products manufactured by the companies listed.

The Official Board
Organizational charts for the world's 20,000 largest corporations.

U.S. Small Business Administration
"The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation."

Wall Street Journal How-To Guide Small Business
Tips from the WSJ's regular reporters and columnists.

Search for company data by the specific product or service which a company provides.  Over 70,000 categories are available.

For additional websites, visit Business/Entrepreneurship Web Resources 

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Last updated:  March 10, 2011                                                                Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery