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Fashion ideas to business concept: How to research market conditions, trends, demand, and competition for a new business

This guide will help you research and explore a new fashion business concept.  Below you will find industry and market research databases that discuss trends,  customer demands, target market (demographics and psycho-graphics), competitor and industry benchmarking, and more. Understand the overall industry Understand current and future trends Identify competitors, similar companies, and aspirant peers Understand … Continued

How to research the women’s clothing and accessories retail industry

This guide will help you research the women’s clothing retail industry ( which includes active wear, athleisure, underwear, lingerie, leisure wear, etc.)  and the fashion accessories industry (jewelry, handbags, etc. ).    My specialty apparel retail industry guide might be useful as well. Table of Contents Understand the industry Get to know the consumer Identify … Continued

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D&B Hoovers

D&B Hoovers is an excellent  “one stop” database for company profiles, industry and market research reports, SWOT analyses, analyst reports, and more. Connect to: D&B Hoovers(note that this link will take you to a page where you must select D&B Hoover’s from a list) Note:  D&B Hoovers only allows 50 users on the site at the … Continued

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Key Business Ratios

Key Business Ratios provides access to competitive benchmarking data, featuring 14 key business  and financial ratios for public and private companies in 800 lines of business. Contains industry balance sheet and income statement information along with financial ratios organized by SIC codes. … Continued

Where can I find purchasing power of high school students and consumers?

Occasionally I have had questions from   people researching the disposable income or purchasing power of high school students.  This kind of information is typically hard to find, as most of the sources that I know of that track spending and income start at the age of 18.  However, a quick search in Mintel Oxygen yields … Continued

How to research a new entrepreneurial business concept

About So you fashion yourself an entrepreneur and would like start a new business.  Before you go to the bank to get your loan, you’ll want to thoroughly research the industry, your potential competitors, your potential customers, as well as your local market.  When doing your research, you’ll want to make sure you have answers … Continued

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Guide to researching the Amusement Park Industry

About My friends in the  Business Cluster are working on a research project that addresses the amusement park industry.  The resources found on this page should provide them with an excellent start to finding good information for the industry. Note that business resources can be a bit challenging to cite in APA format, so take … Continued

Guide to researching the wine industry

About The purpose of this guide is to point business researchers to some key resources when researching the wine industry. While not entirely comprehensive, this guide does list several of the key and highly recommended resources when analyzing the industry and researching the companies in the industry.  I’ve listed the databases and resources below, with … Continued

How to Find Earnings Conference Call Transcripts in Nexi Uni (Lexis-Nexis)

Like a post-game press conference with a coach talking about the successes and failures of his team, public companies also discuss their successes, earnings, initiatives, and failures with analysts. These quarterly earnings conference calls are recorded as print transcripts, and can be found in Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis-Nexis Academic).

Guide to researching the Radio Industry

My friends in the  Business Cluster are working on a research project that requires them to research the radio industry and some key companies within the industry. The resources found on this page should provide them with an excellent start to finding good information for the project. Note that business resources can be a bit … Continued