We have an extensive list of databases that you can access with your IPPL card. Learn more here.

Market Research, Demographic, and Analysis Tools

Doing smart research is a great way to gain insight into your community’s demand for your product or service. You can pinpoint where to focus your marketing efforts, and to whom. You may find the following resources helpful:

  • Blue Book Marketing Research

    From the Marketing Research Association. Includes descriptions of fee-based marketing research companies, services, and facilities.

  • Census Business Builder

    Small Business Edition contains key data for business plans or to better understand potential markets. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time.

  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

    Newly available to the public, information produced by the CRS for the United States Congress. Continually updated to provide timely, objective, and authoritative research and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate. Use appropriate keywords, such as “small business” to begin.

  • QuickFacts

    Get the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau about the community where you live and do business.

  • ReferenceUSA


    Directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists.

    This resource supported through a generous donation from the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

  • Small Business Administration State Profiles

    Gather detailed information on small business at the state level, including demographics of owners, small business income, business turnover, and employment gains and losses by size of business.

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

Local Partners

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Starting Your Business

Write Your Business Plan


Your business may qualify for seed money grants and banks also make loans available for small businesses. Check these sources.

Naming Your Business

Choosing a name is part of the registration process. Use the naming sources below to choose an original name (and avoid trademark violation).

Business Registration Application Forms

In order to operate your business, you’ll need to register with the state. Links to printable applications are below.

Taxes and the IRS

To pay taxes on your business, you’ll need to file with the IRS. The IRS also provides a wealth of online resources for small business tax help.

Hiring and Employees

Your Intellectual Property

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