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Federal Government Databases and Search Engines

Agencies of Note

Securities & Exchange Commission - information about companies filed with the SEC, includes EDGAR Database

Fed in Print: an Index to Federal Reserve Economic Research - gateway to FRB publications or view Federal Reserve Banks map - get to the 12 districts for information; many have links to the publications full-text

Small Business Administration - starting and financing your business, opportunities, etc.

Treasury Department - accounting, budget, markets, international, etc.

Banking - FDIC information and reports, historical statistics, and more


BEOnline Plus - select online business resources in 88 categories: accounting, business plans, e-commerce, demographics, data sets, directories, standards, etc. (Library of Congress) - SBA partnering with 21 federal agencies for compliance documents and resources; see section for starting, managing, contracting and workplace safety or information on specific industries


Bureau of Economic Analysis - national, regional, industry and international stats (Commerce Dept.)

Economic Indicators, current new and industrial break down for Economic Indicators

County Business Patterns for the U.S. and every State; search by state, zip code or metro areas.
   - older edition available at Docs C 3.204/3-#:

U.S. Import/Export History 1989- to launch database and Import/Export Price Indexes

Employment Statistics - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Federal Reserve Bank's FRASER -(Archival System for Economic Research) and FRED (economic time-series database)

U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants - Green Book, U.S. economic and military assistance to other countries: data given in historical (current) and constant dollars. Search by country or program. Default setting is ten year cumulations with individual years for the past five. Use custom setting to select one country for individual years, 1946 to present.

Industry Codes

NAICS - North American Industry Classification System

SIC - Standard Industrial Classification Codes


Minority Owned Business - to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace (US Small Business Association)

Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) -  business growth and expansion tools for small businesses owned by Native Americans

Office of Women's Business Ownership OWBO assists women achieve their dreams and improve their communities by helping them start and run successful businesses,(US Small Business Association)

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses -  awards for 3% of all federal contracting dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses