Online Business Reference Collection

Business News

Bloomberg’s founding vision in 1981 was to create an information-services, news and media company that provides business and financial professionals with the tools and data they need on a single, all-inclusive platform. Get breaking financial news and stock quotes.

Bloomberg Business Week
While some of the information on the online edition of Business Week is available only to subscribers, much of the news and information is available to all users.

From the editors of CNN, Fortune and Money magazine, this site brings information on markets and stocks, personal finance, mutual funds, jobs and economy and world business. It also features up-to-date business news.

Long Island Business News
The premiere source for business news on Long Island via a weekly business journal and their daily e-newsletter.

Newsday Business
While covering national and international business and stock information, Newsday’s business section also gives comprehensive coverage of Long Island business.

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Business Travel

Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
Prepared by the State Department, the U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets, formerly Background Notes, provides succinct demographic, cultural, historical, and political information on over 200 geographic entities and international organizations. These notes are updated periodically.

A powerful online flight tracking application that shows flight status, aircraft location (altitude, air speed, direction), and aircraft type in real time.

The FlightStats platform delivers real-time and historical flight information that lowers travel-related costs and improves the travel experience.

Features discussions and chat boards that cover the most up-to-date traveler information, geared towards travel-related loyalty rewards programs.

Seat Guru
Touting itself as “Your enlightened guide to airline seating,” Seat Guru reveals the best and worst seats for each airline and aircraft.

Covering more than 220 countries, this site gives important health and vaccination information for your destination.

World Time Server
Provides accurate current local times worldwide. Searchable by country or city.

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Career Information

America’s Job Exchange for New York
Search for jobs and related labor information about your career in New York State. By signing up you can create a resume, apply for jobs in NYS, and have job listings sent to your email.

AARP Foundation SCSEP
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work.

Best Companies to Work For
This site provides the annual ranking by Fortune magazine of companies that rate high with employees. Features include: Top 100 employers, best employers in your state, best benefits, top-paying companies, and more.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a career guidance resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide the overwhelming majority of jobs in the United States. Each occupational profile discusses what workers in that occupation do, their work environment, the typical education and training needed to enter the occupation, pay, and the job outlook for the occupation.

Business School Rankings
From Princeton Review, this guide covers the most important sources of business school rankings. It also includes links to news and information sources about the world of business schools.

Build, customize, link, embed, export, or print your résumé for free.

CTI CareerSearch
The career directory presents information on hundreds of employment categories and thousands of schools, to help people find and pursue careers of interest to them.

Glassdoor is the world’s most transparent career community that is changing the way people find jobs, and companies recruit top talent.Glassdoor holds a growing database of 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees.

Indeed allows you to search online job listings, newspapers, and other job boards, but it also provides salary information, forums to connect people of similar interests, and a job trends search field that offers solid insight into the state of any industry.

JobHaven – Brookhaven Town Job Message Board
JobHaven was created for local job seekers to have easy access to employment opportunities offered by various companies, businesses, and organizations in and around the Town of Brookhaven. The website also has useful information about Town services for small businesses.

This job search site provides resume guides, career guides, salary information, and national job guides.

NYS Civil Service Test Guides & Resource Booklets
Test Guides published by the New York State Department of Civil Service are usually targeted to specific, entry-level titles. They provide a description of the subject areas that will be tested and present samples of the types of test material that will appear on the test.

O*NET Online
The O*NET system serves as the nation’s primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.

Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal
This executive career journal from WSJ includes information on salary and hiring, job-hunting advice, careers as well as numerous timely articles.

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Company Information

Corporate Information
Contains financial information on leading public traded companies worldwide. Subscribers can access company and industry averages reports.

CrunchBase is the definitive database of the startup ecosystem. The Business Graph connects companies, people, products & events to provide data that you need.
Use these examples of mission statements from various companies to help inspire you to create your own.

Owler is a competitive intelligence tool for business professionals. Get customized insights on competitors, customers, and partners.

This register lists more than 155,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and the products they produce. The database is searchable by company name or brand name and includes links to more than 7,700 online catalogs.

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Demographics & Statistics

American FactFinder
Source for population, housing, economic and geographic data.

American Time Use Survey
The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
BTS administers data collection, analysis, and reporting to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources in the U.S. Includes airline on-time performance; freight transport statistics; rail, highway and maritime data.

Data USA
Data USA puts public US Government data in your hands. Instead of searching through multiple data sources that are often incomplete and difficult to access, you can simply point to Data USA to answer your questions. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge. It allows millions of people to conduct their own analyses and create their own stories about America – its people, places, industries, skill sets and educational institutions.

HUBZone Maps
Search for Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones using the SBA’s HUBZone Maps. Businesses in these areas may be eligible for the SBA’s HUBZone program.

Established in 1962, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world’s largest archive of digital social science data.

Moody’s Economic Indicators
Real-time coverage of the global economy, including in-depth analysis of more than 300 economic indicators, topics and long-term trends, plus macro forecasts and outlooks.

National Center for Health Statistics
As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, the National Center for Health Statistics compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve healthcare.

New York State Department of Transportation Traffic Data
The Traffic Data Viewer (TDV) is a web application for viewing Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT), finding locations of traffic counters, and downloading traffic reports for individual road segments in New York State.

Pew Internet & American Life Project
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.

U.S. Census Bureau
Offers statistics from the 2010 and 2000 Census including population projections, income levels and housing.

Zanran Numerical Data Search
Zanran helps you to find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a bar chart shown as an image in an HTML page.

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The Little Green Data Book
The Little Green Data Book is a pocket-sized ready reference on key environmental data for over 200 economies. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, energy, emission and pollution, and water and sanitation. (2016)

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation – Green Your Business
Sound environmental choices build successful businesses. Whatever your need, this is the place to start.

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Funding and Grants

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives access to a database of all Federal programs available to private profit and not-for-profit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Foundation Center
Looking for information about a specific grant maker? Need to identify funders by state, city, or zip code? The Foundation Finder provides grant maker’s addresses, web sites, and fiscal data. 990 Finder directs you to an organization’s IRS returns. Both services are free and easy to use. is a website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply for them.

Grants Action News
Grants Action News is a monthly newsletter with information on federal, state and private grants from the New York State Assembly.

Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center offers training for grantseekers as well as daily grant announcements and indexes of funding sources.

United States Department of Justice Grants
The Office of Justice Programs offers federal financial assistance to scholars, practitioners, experts, and state and local governments and agencies.

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General Business Resources

A nonprofit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women. It was founded in 1962 by feminist, writer, and advocate Felice Schwartz, Catalyst is a resource for knowledge on gender, leadership, and inclusive talent management.

Empire State Development – Minority & Women Owned Businesses Database
Searchable database of New York businesses that also includes 8 metropolitan New Jersey counties. Search by region, sales, business type, or SIC code.

How to Start a Business in Suffolk County
General information and resources on how to start a business in Suffolk County. Includes important addresses, information on taxes, web resources and more. is an Online Magazine where entrepreneurs and business owners can find useful information, advice, insights, resources and inspiration for running and growing their businesses. It also includes Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000, which are list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States.

New York First
A one-stop business incentive website created by New York State and administered by Empire State Development. Includes a listing of business incentives sorted by region, as well as the means to sort results based on user criteria.

Women-Owned Business Economic Research
Compilation of research studies on women-owned businesses, covering topics such as business ownership rates, women-owned sole proprietorships, venture capital in women-led firms, and more. Includes documents back to 1995. From the United States Small Business Association (SBA) Office of Advocacy.

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Industry Information

North American Industry Classification System
This site lists the 2002 and 2007 U.S. NAICS codes along with their definitions, background information, tables showing changes between 2002 and 2007 and a comprehensive index.

Standard Industry Classification
This website allows the user to search the 1987 SIC manual by keyword. It also includes descriptive information for specific 4-digit SIC codes.

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International Business

The Electronic Embassy
The Electronic Embassy provides information on each of the foreign embassies in Washington D.C. with links to web-based resources when available.

Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University (IBC), globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.

Directory of 1.5 million companies, 19 million key product references, 2.5 million executive names, and 370,000 trade and brand names in over 60 countries.

World Chambers Network
A free directory with basic information on over 75 million global businesses.

World Industrial Reporter
The World Industrial Reporter website brings you the latest developments in industrial innovation, covering product introductions, new materials & technologies, plant openings, enhanced manufacturing processes, and much more.

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Investment Research

Certified Financial Planner Search
By looking up CFP® professionals, you will find individuals that are currently authorized by CFP Board to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP certification marks. Planners who have been publicly disciplined by CFP Board will also be listed with an indicator of disciplinary action in the “CFP Board Public Disciplinary History” column.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Learn about investing and how to build your financial knowledge. FINRA offers articles, interactive tools, alerts and other resources that help you protect yourself.

This site is designed to help you find a financial advisor suited to your needs. WiserAdvisor has developed several articles that will aide you in your search for an advisor.

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Code Enforcement : NYS Uniform Code
Online database of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.

LawHelp NY
Low-income New Yorkers and their advocates can find referrals to free legal service programs; information about your legal rights education; links to social services and government agencies; information about the court system; and much more.

Laws of New York State
Searchable full-text of New York State law as well as the Constitution of New York State.

Laws of Suffolk County
Searchable full-text of Suffolk County law, including the Charter of Suffolk County.
This free service from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell is designed specifically for individuals and small businesses and provides: Accurate and reliable profiles of 1 million lawyers and firms worldwide; Consumer friendly explanations of major areas of law, articles on current legal topics, links to legal resources on the web, a glossary of 10,000 legal terms, and more.

NYS Bar Association Free Legal Answers
A free website where eligible New Yorkers can ask volunteer attorneys a question about their non-criminal legal issues. Volunteers have 30 days to respond to your question. Certain income restrictions apply to be eligible.

Suffolk County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service
Need a Lawyer? The Suffolk County Bar Association is a legal referral http:// and can direct you to an experienced lawyer.

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Local Resources

Business Certificate Search – Office of the Suffolk County Clerk
The website of the Suffolk County Clerk allows users to search for business certificates by business name, owner’s name, or filing date. This can be a useful tool for locating new business in Suffolk County.

Suffolk County Sewered Areas and Sewage Treatment Plants Maps

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Marketing and Market Research

American Marketing Association
The AMA website,, offers a wide array of newly expanded information including research, case studies and best practices in marketing.

Also known as the Internet’s Marketing Virtual Library, this is one of the most comprehensive sources of marketing information on the Internet for those involved in marketing, advertising, selling, promotion and e-commerce.

Marketing Charts
Free downloadable media marketing charts and Excel spreadsheets updated daily. Categories include Television, Print, Radio, Direct, Interactive and Outdoor media. – U.S. Small Business Administration is compiled by the U.S. Small Business Administration and offers SBA Direct, which gives you information and services based on your unique business needs. It also offers information on how to start a business including grants and loans that are available.

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Not-for-Profit & Charities

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (
Helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public.

Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, America’s premiere independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability and Transparency of America’s largest charities.

The Electronic Storefront for Federal Grants
Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. for Nonprofits
Provides information and services for nonprofits including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more.

Provides access to information about operations and finances of not-for-profit organizations.

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal
This website gives help in writing a funding proposal.

United States Department of Justice Grants
The Office of Justice Programs offers federal financial assistance to scholars, practitioners, experts, state and local governments and agencies.

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Online Learning

Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online (ALISON) is an e-learning provider that currently offers over 600 free courses across certificate and diploma levels in ten languages.

Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations. Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company partnering with Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and others around the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.


Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere for free.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization’s website features practice problems and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world.

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Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

Google Advanced Patent Search
A search engine from Google that indexes patents and patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Smithtown Library Patent & Trademark Resource Center
The Smithtown Library is an officially-designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), part of a nationwide library network maintained by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). PTRCs disseminate patent and trademark information and support the public’s diverse intellectual property needs. Smithtown Library staff are not able to conduct patent searches and cannot provide legal advice. The Library’s staff can, however, assist patrons in performing their own patent searches and with finding and using other research materials.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Search patents and trademarks, access laws, and get news from the agency.

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Small Business Resources

Entrepreneur Magazine
This website includes many resources for the small business owner or anyone interested in starting a small business. Features include start-up resources, franchise opportunities, free email newsletters, marketing tips, and much more.

Long Island Development Corporation
Long Island Development Corporation is a regional economic development, not-for profit corporation that makes long term, affordable loans to small businesses.

MY BIZ for Women
An online resource for women entrepreneurs, this site provides comprehensive business assistance and information. The site is maintained by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Covering over 20 million small and mid-size U.S. companies, many privately- owned, Manta provides information including location, estimated sales and number of employees.

The New York State Small Business Development Center
Sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of New York, the NYSSBDC offers many resources for small businesses including free, confidential counseling, seminars and information.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
This not-for-profit association is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with free face-to-face or email business counseling. Their website includes advice, a learning center, and many success stories.

Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories
The Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles for the States and TerritoriesDownload Adobe Reader to read this link content are an annual analysis of each state’s small business activities. They provide information on small business employment, industry composition, small business borrowing, exporting, and survival rates, as well as business owner demographics. The profiles provide information for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and United States.

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
This government site provides information on how to start, finance, manage and expand your business. The SBA Online Library provides access to the SBA’s excellent publications on small business management.

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Veteran-owned Business Services

SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)
OVBD has a number of programs and services to assist aspiring and existing veteran entrepreneurs such as training, counseling and mentorship, and oversight of Federal procurement programs for Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

Veterans Affairs Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
The Veteran Entrepreneur Portal at the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization offers direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship for Veterans.

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