"Business Data" might sound dense, but there's a wealth of information about your industry available (for free!). Whether you're a marketing wonk or an aspiring restaurant owner looking to get a read on the competition, this guide and Portland Portland Public Library's monthly Business data workshop are invaluable resources. 

  • Business data encompasses all information you have to gather in relation to your business, from legal research, to demographics, to industry trends.
  • Gathering this information is the one of the first steps to creating an effective business plan and discovering potential advantages or pitfalls about your idea that had not occurred to you.
  • This guide will help you navigate business data and the resources available to you at your local library!
  • To learn more, sign up for the free Business Data workshop on our Take a Workshop page