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WELCOME to the Febuary 2012 edition of The Information Advisor's BestBizWeb Enewsletter!
Here is our review of the best business research sites we've come across.

SITE: Dow Jones Knowledge Center

URL: www.dowjones.com/knowledge-center.asp

CATEGORY: Miscellaneous

PURPOSE: This is a resource page set up by Dow Jones & Co. for its subscribers as well as other business information researchers to access a range of advisory and informational services.

FEE/FREE: FREE

SOURCE CHECK: Dow Jones publishes The Wall Street Journal as well as a range of respected professional business information products and services.

OUR VIEW: This is a nice collection of substantive white papers, podcasts, case studies, reports, and brochures of topics of interest to business researchers. Sample topics include the value of conversational market research; how to research an industry; how to research a company; how to attract the affluent investor, and many more. Consider this site if you want to casually browse some free valuable business research and marketing documents from a highly respected publisher of quality information.

SITE: NOZA

URL: https://www.nozasearch.com

CATEGORY: Search Engine

PURPOSE: This is a database of charitable contributions, with a collection of data on more than 64 million donations to U.S. charities.

FEE/FREE: FREE and FEE

SOURCE CHECK: NOZA, Inc. is part of Target Analytics, which is owned by Blackbaud, Inc., a global provider of software and related services. The data in NOZA is largely sourced from 990-PF tax returns, which the IRS requires every private foundation to file, supplemented by annual reports, donor lists, and other publicly available lists.

OUR VIEW: This is a massive database that permits very flexible and powerful searching by a range of useful fields. Users can search by donor name, gift amount, donation type, gift year, and recipient organization to pull up relevant records. While NOZA is a subscription service, it does offer a 24-hour trial as well as some level of free searching for registered users. Consider this site if you are researching charities, foundations, or firms and individuals that may have contributed to either type of entity.

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SITE: Employment Projections

URL: www.bls.gov/emp

CATEGORY: Government Information

PURPOSE: The Employment Projections (EP) program develops information about the labor market for the nation as a whole for 10 years in the future.

FEE/FREE: FREE

SOURCE CHECK: The Employment Projections program is a creation of the United States Department of Labor.

OUR VIEW: There are numerous authoritative employment trends and projections you can link to and access from this page. This includes tables on the 20 industries with the largest projected wage and salary employment growth and declines; employment by major occupational group in 2010 projected to 2020 and median annual wage; the 30 occupations with the largest projected employment growth and declines; total job openings by education, work experience and on the job training category; and more. Consider this site if you want to find out what the official government projections are for employment growth and decline in major occupations for the U.S.
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SITE: Today’s Front Pages

URL: www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash

CATEGORY: News/Global News

PURPOSE: This site displays a national global map that provides the ability to click on and view the front pages from nearly 900 newspapers in 89 countries around the globe.

FEE/FREE: FREE

SOURCE CHECK: Today’s Front Pages is a creation of the Newseum. The Newseum, a museum in Washington, D.C., devoted to the history and importance of news and newspapers, is funded by The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press and free speech.

OUR VIEW: While there are lots of sites on the web for finding the day’s news articles and newspapers from around the world, this one offers a particularly elegant and smooth way to do so. You can browse maps of the U.S. or other countries, click on a newspaper located in one of the cities, and then view a thumbnail of the front page with its original graphics and layout. You can then view and read the entire page with a click and even download it to a crisp PDF. It’s a nice way to get a quick and clear overview of what are the main stories and issues being covered in different countries around the country and globe. Consider this site if you want a quick and easy take on what papers in other regions are covering, and how they are doing so.

SITE: CB Insights

URL: www.cbinsights.com

CATEGORY: Company Information

PURPOSE: This free searchable database on high-growth private firms focuses on the needs for those in private equity, venture capital, prospect research, company intelligence, and funding activities.

FEE/FREE: FREE (with registration)

SOURCE CHECK: CB Insights

OUR VIEW: We had never heard of CB Insights until this month, but it is one of the most intriguing and impressive company and startup research services we have come across in a long time. While there are fee-based portions to this site, it is possible to do a great deal of precision searches on various small, venture-funded private firms for free. You can then receive substantive profile information on matching firms. Information provided includes a company description, founder and when founded, names of investors, stage of development, web metrics, and—interestingly—if you have any connections via your LinkedIn membership. This looks to be an outstanding source for private company research, and we plan on doing a full review of this site in our April issue of The Information Advisor (www.informationadvisor.com). Consider this site if you want to find details on small, private, startup firms for company research, acquisition, industry research, or other business intelligence purposes.

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