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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.

Please note - As of October 1, 2018 - the databases available through the Library of Michigan and MeL will be changing.  Information will be available here as it is available.

Additional resources from Michigan Universities and other libraries include:

Starting with Business Research

Research guide includes business resources that are freely available or licensed for residents of the State of Michigan.  The resources licensed for the state residents are from the Library of Michigan.  Some key resources are:


Business Insights: Global

Combines an international perspective and sophisticated reU-M Library Databases Search with convenient access to a range of comprehensive learning materials. Using case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by country, company, and industry, this resource is especially useful to business faculty and students, as wells as to Michigan businesses interested in expansion.


Researchers and entrepreneurs are enabled to access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.

Small Business Resource Center

Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

DemographicsNow: Business & People

Researchers and entrepreneurs are provided with comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors and much more. This versatile database is useful for those who want to start a business as well as those who want to take their established business to the next level. 




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Corey Seeman
Director, Kresge Library Services
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
700 East University Avenue
Kresge Hall, 4th Floor East
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1234