WELCOME to the October 2009 edition of The Information Advisor's BestBizWeb Enewsletter!
Here is our monthly review of the best business research sites we've come across:


URL: http://laborsta.ilo.org

CATEGORY: Industry Information/International Research

PURPOSE: It provides a searchable dataset of labor statistics on employment and industry data for more than 200 countries around the world.


SOURCE CHECK: This site is operated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a U.N. agency established in 1919 to help ensure acceptable working conditions for workers around the world.

OUR VIEW: LABORSTA is one of the most comprehensive web-based, accessible sites of global employment, unemployment, wages, consumer prices, occupational injuries, and other labor-related industry statistics, and it’s all from a highly reputable source. You can search by topic (e.g., public sector employment, retail prices of certain items, and so on) or by country or by a specific statistical publication. See also ILO’s link to labor surveys from countries around the world on the site at www.ilo.org/dyn/lfsurvey/lfsurvey.home. Consider this site if you want to get reliable statistics on employment related data from more than 200 countries around the globe.

SITE: 2009 Statistical Abstract: International Statistics

URL: www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/international_statistics.html

CATEGORY: International Research/Statistical Data/Government Information

PURPOSE: This segment of the latest version of the U.S. Statistical Abstract provides comparative statistics for key demographic, business, and other regional data, covering areas such as population, industrial indicators, finance, and more for a selection of countries around the world.


SOURCE CHECK: The 2009 U.S. Statistical Abstract is published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

OUR VIEW: While most researchers look to the U.S. Statistical Abstract for key data about the U.S., it also offers detailed and timely business-related data use for comparative purposes for selected countries around the globe. Whether its data is on world crop production, gross national income, manufacturing activity, patents, household expenditures, health costs, debt, or other key official statistics, you can quickly find and view it here on this page in Excel or PDF. Consider this site if you are looking for official international statistical data.

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SITE: Industry Snapshots

URL: www.census.gov/econ/census/snapshots/index.html

CATEGORY: Industry Information/Government Information

PURPOSE: It provides the results of the last two U.S. Economic Censuses (2002 and 2007) in simple-to-read graphs and tables. Data collected includes total receipts, payroll, total employment, and number of establishments, categorized by two- and three-digit NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) industry codes.


SOURCE CHECK: The Economic Censuses are conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

OUR VIEW: While there are mountains of business, financial, and industry- related information available from the Bureau of the Census, this site is particularly appealing because it contains very current data, including results from the newest 2007 Economic Census; it’s also so simple to use and to view results. Consider this site if you are trying to gather official statistical data on nearly any U.S. industry.
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SITE: National Small Business Poll

URL: www.411sbfacts.com/index.html

CATEGORY: Small Business/Surveys and Polls

PURPOSE: This is a searchable database of the results of 2,000 questions that small businesses were asked around the U.S.


SOURCE CHECK: The poll was produced by the NFIB Research Foundation. The NFIB is the National Federation of Independent Businesses, whose stated mission is to “promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.” NFIB was founded in 1943 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

OUR VIEW: There’s a great deal of detailed and useful information here on the views of small businesses, ranging from advertising and compensation to health insurance, taxes, technology, and many hundreds more. The site is set up so you can easily search by keyword or category and then view results textually and displayed in graphs. You can even view the original poll questions too. Consider this site if you are researching the views, activities, or behaviors of small businesses in the U.S.

SITE: CLR Search.com

URL: www.clrsearch.com

CATEGORY: Regional/Demographic Data

PURPOSE: It provides detailed demographic and economic information, population figures, and other statistical data on regions by ZIP code around the U.S.


SOURCE CHECK: The CLRSearch.com search engine was created by a realtor, CLR Choice Realty, Inc., located in Palm Coast, Fla. The data itself is sourced from Nielsen, OnBoard Infomatics, government data, and other third parties.

OUR VIEW: There are lots of sites on the web that provide detailed demographic and other statistical data on regions around the country, but this is one of the best. It’s extremely simple to use, superfast, covers virtually all ZIP codes, and quickly returns a great number of details, all neatly organized. For example, a ZIP code search retrieves data on population, crime, weather, race, income, households, education, occupations, assets, debt, and more. The data is also displayed so you can compare your selected region to benchmark data for state and country as a whole, which helps make sense of the raw data. Consider this site if you want to get demographic, business, and lifestyle-type statistics for cities and towns around the U.S.

We are particularly interested in hearing about any sites you'd like to nominate. If we use your submission, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. Please send comments to editor Robert Berkman (rberkman@infotoday.com).

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