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Business Information for Michigan Residents: Getting Started

A listing of resources that can be used by people in Michigan who are not affiliated with the University of Michigan

Research for Business

This guide will help Michigan residents find information resources that focus on business and industry.  These resources do not require any affiliation with the University of Michigan or the Ross School of Business.  You can connect to MeL databases with your local library card or with your Michigan Drivers License.

Additional resources from Michigan Universities and other libraries include:

Starting with Business Research

NOTE: Access to MeL Databases should be direct if you are in Michigan.  If you are out of the state, you will authenticate through either your Michigan Library or with your Michigan Drivers License.


Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners. Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals. Includes a jobs database and email marketing.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow

Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

eBook Business Collection

FULL TEXT TITLES: 17,700+ - A key resource for academic and business school libraries. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

TOTAL TITLES INDEXED: 140+FULL TEXT TITLES: 120+ - Resource for business students and researchers. It provides insights on entrepreneurship and small businesses topics. Offers full text business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies, and company profiles.

Small Business Reference Center 

TOTAL TITLES INDEXED: 400+FULL TEXT TITLES: 400+ - Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business. Includes information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. State-specific information included.

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Corey Seeman
Director, Kresge Library Services
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
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Kresge Hall, 4th Floor East (or somewhere in Ypsi)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1234