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James J. Hill Library BizToolkit

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Did you know that 9 out of 10 businesses that fail do so because of lack of information? To be successful in today's competitive environment, owners and managers need to make informed business decisions using credible and accurate information on customers, competitors, industries, new markets, communities and technologies. If you had easy access to all this information right at your fingertips just think what you could do.

BizToolkit was created by the Hill Library with the mission of providing value-added information resources and services specifically designed to help you succeed in business. BizToolkit is a gateway to the Hill Library's world-class collection of information on companies, business leaders, economic data, news, planning resources and much more.

For further details regarding the types of exciting and useful information that will be at your fingertips, please read the information provided below.

BizToolkit features the following business resources -

Planning Your Business:

Biz Site Recommender. More than 80% of the best, free, business information found online is not easily searchable via popular search engines like Google and Yahoo. It is, however, available via the "Invisible Web.? The Biz Site Recommender is a searchable directory of free business-related Web sites updated on a daily basis by Hill Library Master information specialists. Each profiled site features a detailed description and a Hill Library Rating. By using the Directory, users will dramatically decrease the amount of time spent online looking for information.

Minnesota Demographics. Find demographic information for the state of Minnesota. Includes statistics on the population, demographic trends, GIS, lifestyles, competition and more.

Minnesota Directory of Associations. By searching the Association Directory, users will find contact information for industry associations located in Minnesota. Oftentimes an association can provide industry information including key players, companies, research reports, and available careers.

Sample Plans and Forms. Features information to aid in the creation of better business plans, strategic plans, marketing plans, and sales strategies. Includes templates and guidance that will save time and money while delivering a valuable end result.
Hill Business Calculators. Features Hill Library's unique collection of business and financial calculators designed to assist business owners in making practical business decisions.

Minnesota Economic Indicator Data. Minnesota specific information pertaining to activities, organizations, companies, and other entities in within the state.

Minnesota Commercial Real Estate. Sources for finding commercial and industrial locations for new business or business expansion.

Marketing Your Business:

Media Tools. Find information on how to effectively leverage advertising, public relations, newswires, print resources, television, radio, online and direct marketing to market your business.

Research Tools. Learn more about the market you serve through the use of market research, demographics, industry news and competitive research sources.

Trade Journal Lists and Reports. An index of lists and reports from hundreds of trade journals at the Hill Library. The Index is available nowhere else in the world.

Business Tools for Growth/Sales:

Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer Prospecting Information. Resources for searching and finding prospects interested in the products and services offered by your business customers.

Minnesota Corporate Fact Book. Find detailed information about Minnesota's top companies including financials, employee information, contact information, key executives, and even recent news and events. Research Minnesota's key business leaders and learn about their career history, memberships, activities and more. Easily search for information and build lead lists. (Individual subscription costs over $200).

Minnesota Biz Articles. By searching the Index, users will find articles written about Minnesota companies and business leaders by the Minnesota business press.

Business Opportunities. Features sites with current business opportunities on a local and national basis.

Managing Your Business:

Minnesota Human Resources. State and National Human Resource information.

Downloadable Forms. Contains numerous business resources and tools designed to make running a small business easier, including sample business forms related to Human Resources, marketing, sales, legal and other operational areas of your business.

Corporate Ethics (Einsight Business Ethics). Einsight features an online portal of practical information related to business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Einsight can be used to find information on everything from Sarbanes-Oxley to values and mission creation and incorporation. There is even an online ethics quiz.

Financial Benchmarking. Tools for benchmarking your business based on companies of similar size and industry.

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