Maryland Small Business Development Center

Market and Industry Research

Business Research Platforms for Clients and Consultants

Free platforms

Maryland is Open for Business - https://open.maryland.gov/business-resources/maryland-stats-data/ - Business resources from Maryland state. A one-stop resource with a wealth of information for those seeking to start or expand a business. It also contains resources on financing, networking, workforce, government contracting, and more. You can examine key industries and overall economic development performance indicators, explore key industry sections, and explore community economic data by county.

Maryland Business Express - https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/ - excellent business resources with step-by-step advice for planning, starting, and growing your business with links to required or recommended applications and forms.

SBDCNet – www.sbdcnet.org – Excellent resource for entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a business. It offers small business snapshot reports for a variety of popular industries, helpful links on starting, growing, and managing your small business, and links to additional industry research resources.

Reference Solutionswww.referenceusa.com - This business database contains in-depth information on more than 24 million businesses in both the U.S. and Canada. A great resource for researching competitors and potential business partners, supply chain, as well as reviewing business performance benchmarks of similar small businesses in your area and/or industry.

The platform is available for free via your county public library website with the library subscription.

Census Business Builder: Small Business Editionhttps://cbb.census.gov/sbe/# - The platform uses Census data and is ideal for small business owners who need key data for their business plan or to better understand their potential market. You can select the geographical location of your potential or existing business to understand market conditions in the area, socio-demographics of population, and other characteristics. The research can be also done for nearly all types of businesses. The platform provides interactive maps to browse and download data about the selected area and type of businesses as well as easy-to-read reports.

Maryland State Data Centerhttps://planning.maryland.gov/MSDC/Pages/default.aspx - This website is an official partner with the U.S. Census Bureau. SDC monitors development trends in the state, analyzes social, economic, and other characteristics, and prepares population, housing, employment, labor force, and income projections for different geographies.

Fundera - https://www.fundera.com/ - This app compares multiple small business loan options that may be available for your business based on several parameters, including the required loan amount. The website also offers a detailed comparison of available business credit card options, business checking accounts, and payment processing systems.

Fit Small Business - https://fitsmallbusiness.com/ - A collection of expert advice and answers to small business questions from industry experts in many business areas, including starting a business, marketing, accounting, financing, online business, and many others.

Free research platforms with the SBDC assistance


Vertical IQ – provides an industry overview for your current or future business, financial resources and credit risks, financial benchmarks for average small business in your industry. The SBDC consultant can order it for you for free as part of the consulting assistance.

SBDCNetwww.sbdcnet.org - As part of the consulting assistance, an SBDC consultant can order free customized research reports targeted to your individual business. The expanded customized analysis may include (as opposed to the free version) a broad range of financial, market, and demographic research reports customized to your client’s industry and geographic location (3-10 miles radius or drive time).

LivePlan - https://www.liveplan.com/ A highly effective tool to assist in writing a business plan with our SBDC guidance.

To assist you with your research efforts, and help you start or grow your business, reach out to the SBDC one-on-one consulting assistance.

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