Industry research will help you find statistics and information for companies that produce similar products and services. Use this data to explore an industry's potential for growth and more.
Industry research will help you find statistics and information for companies that produce similar products and services. This data will give you an overview of various industries including size of the industry, history of the industry, products and services, and an outlook for years ahead.
Before starting any industry research it is important to first find your industry's SIC and NAICS code.
A SIC (Standard Industrial Classification Code) is a code assigned by the United States government to various sectors of industry. Many online and print sources group statistics and data by these codes. NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) is a new coding system that has recently replaced SIC codes. Although very similar to SIC codes, it has expanded to include more technological and service industries. Both coding systems are commonly used so it is advisable to look up both codes of your industry. To look up your SIC or NAICS code you can use print sources or internet sites. The NAICS manual and internet site will also allow you to convert your code from SIC to NAICS.
You will find the following print sources in the Science, Business & News Division at the Main Library and at some larger branch locations:
Standard Industrial Classification Manual
North American Industrial Classification System
Or, access the information you need online at the following sites:
It is often very useful to explore an industry within a particular geographic context. These print and online sources will help you do just that:
County Business Patterns…Ohio
D&B Regional Business Directory, Central Ohio Available in print at Main Library, Science, Business & News (SBN)
Harris Ohio Industrial Directory Available at Main Library and some branch locations
Harris Ohio Services Directory Available at Main Library
Ohio Manufacturers Directory Available at Main Library and some branch locations
There are many excellent sources of general industry information, available in the Science, Business & News Division of the Main Library. The books listed below are reference materials, and cannot be checked out. Consult the following:
Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys
LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations
Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies
Columbus Dispatch-Electronic Edition (card required for home access)
Business Source Premier (card required for home access)
Reference USA (card required for home access)
The Columbus Region: Economic Reports
Use the general, quarterly and global reports in your strategic planning process. The Global Report is a research project designed to inventory and describe the extent to which the Columbus Region is a "global" community. The report provides statistics and information on global assets and resources that can be used for economic development and site selection/talent attraction and retention. Country profiles include lists of local business owned by parent companies in foreign countries.
Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today's global marketplace. From market research and trade leads from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service to export finance information from Export-Import Bank and the Small Business Administration to agricultural export assistance from USDA, Export.gov helps American exporters navigate the international sales process and avoid pitfalls such as non-payment and intellectual property misappropriation.
Full Text E-Journal List (card required for home access)
Use this research database as a shortcut to find comprehensive reports published by The Economist Intelligence Unit, IHS Global Insight, CountryWatch Incorporated and Business Monitor International on trading conditions in foreign countries. Use the name of the country as your search term in the search box next to the word "Browsing".
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.
Ohio Development Services Agency, GlobalOhio Export Assistance
The Development Services Agency's Export Assistance Section is creating opportunities wordwide through its comprehensive and customized export services. The network of international offices promote the export of Ohio goods and services by providing small and medium-sized enterprises with qualified prospective agent and distributor reports, invaluable first-hand market research and in-country market assistance.
NTDB Global Trade Directory
Search the NTDB Global Trade Directory for companies, products, and services for thousands of companies around the world. You can limit your search to a region or country, and a product or service keyword. You can also browse the Trade Directory by categories like agriculture and forestry, or textiles and leather.
Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State
Check the Ohio SBDC event calendar for the "ITAC: International Trade 101" series of 3 free classes for entrepreneurs. The series will help you understand the basics for exporting. The Ohio SBDC instructors will describe the key requirements for export compliance to provide attendees with a clear understanding of how the export process works, and how to find customers outside the United States.
Questions? Call our information Line at 614-645-2ASK and ask to speak with a librarian in Science, Business & News at Main Library.