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Business and Finance Resources

Banking

Bankrate.com 
Free information about all aspects of money management and investing, including loans, interest rates, various savings vehicles, and real estate. 

Consumer Price Index 
Current and historical data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Deposit Accounts
Deposit rates, bank and credit union reviews, health ratings for federally insured banks and credit unions.

Dow Reports 
Free reports for the 30 largest Dow companies from ValueLine. 

Federal Reserve Board 
Information from the Federal Reserve Board with links to all the federal reserve banks. Good for interest rates as well as economic conditions and Federal Reserve meetings. 

Hands On Banking
Online courses and other resources for financial literacy. Also available en Español.

Loan Amortization Table 
Calculate your monthly payment with interest using this site.

Market Watch
Stock market news.

NASDAQ
Website of the U.S. Stock Exchange.

NYSE
Website of the New York Stock Exchange.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 
The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. Use the Edgar database "Search Companies and Filings" allows you to retrieve real-time filings for a specific company and to find key company information — including its name, address, telephone number, state of incorporation, Central Index Key (CIK) number, Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, and fiscal year end.

 

Business 

Better Business Bureau 
Includes Better Business Bureau reports on organizations and information for filing a complaint against a company.

Business Patterns
Census Bureau reports on business patterns and information at county and zip code levels. 

CEO EXPRESS 
Links to numerous business resources. Comprehensive site with news magazines and newspapers from around the world, updates on airport delays, links to annual company reports and information about individuals. 

Community Investment Corp.
Loan programs and Leadership for small business.

Connecticut Business Response Center (CBRC)
Information on starting, expanding, and relocating a business in Connecticut.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center
Free advising services to prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business.

Copyright & (Patents & Trademarks
Copyright information, forms, and a searchable database. There's also a link to the Patents and Trademarks website which also has a searchable database. Searching trademarks is a great way to find manufacturers of unmarked products. From the Library of Congress.

Foreign Trade/Statistics 
Monthly US foreign trade reports, historic information. From the U.S. census bureau. 

Hoover's Online
Company and industry information. Names of CEOs. Some information requires registration. 

Licenses/ Contractors
License requirements by state, with links to resources for getting licensed.

Monthly Labor Review 
From the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System)  
The North American Industrial Classification System is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments.

Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates 
Salary information by occupational category and state from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

SBA/U.S. Small Business Administration
The federally run Small Business Administration provides information and programs for small businesses.

SCORE/Small Business Counseling
Service Corps of Retired Executives, with links to "How To" articles and other resources for small businesses. SCORE volunteers provide free and confidential business counseling at the Silas Bronson Library. Call 203-574-8225 or email for an appointment, or visit Western Connecticut SCORE for more details. 

Small Business Development Center
Tools to start a small business including small business plans to marketing information.

Waterbury Regional Chamber
Chamber of Commerce for Waterbury and surrounding towns.