Competitive analysis, technology training, and market research: tools and support for the Spokane regional business community.
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Supported by Spokane County Library District and Spokane Public Library, the resources on this page are available at no cost to residents and organizations in Spokane County service area and the City of Spokane. Additional resources are available to the general public through Eastern Washington University Libraries.
In developing a single county-wide platform featuring combined business resources, our goal is to provide all Spokane County residents with greater access to the business resources currently offered by the Spokane County Library District and Spokane Public Library.
To access these services you will need a valid library card.
Provides access to an enormous wealth of real-time financial and business information from the market each day.
The Bloomberg Terminal provides access to an enormous wealth of real-time financial and business information from the market each day. Spokane Public Library is the second public library in the nation to offer this service. Available only at the Downtown Library’s coworking space, LevelUp.
Bloomberg Terminal is only available on site at the Downtown Library.
Company profiles, industry reports, case studies, access to nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed business journals.
A scholarly business database providing a collection of bibliographic and full text content in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
Updated monthly, Business Source Complete offers comprehensive full-text coverage plus indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.
Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses.
Gives businesses access to customer analytics to help enable their growth.
In conjunction with the Downtown Spokane Partnership, The Spokane Public Library offers public access to Buxton Scout. Buxton Scout allows businesses to forecast sales, evaluate existing locations to find underperforming outlets, optimize markets to find the best locations, analyze relocation/consolidation scenarios, market to new customers and improve customer acquisition and retention. Available only at the Downtown Library’s coworking space, LevelUp.
The Spokane Public Library’s Buxton subscription also includes access to the Experian Segmentation Portal. As a leading consumer lifestyle segmentation system from Experian Marketing Services, Mosaic gives you extraordinary detail to help you communicate with your consumers in a way that matches their world. Contact library staff for access.
Buxton Scout is only available on site at the Downtown Library.
Demographics, consumer expenditures, interactive maps, and more.
“Who are my customers?” “Where do they live?” “What do they do?” And perhaps most importantly, “Who are my competitors?”
Access demographic information, such as: Population, Income, Housing, Age, Education, Businesses, Retail sales, Consumer expenditures.
Demographics Now includes the Dun & Bradstreet business database.
The only resource you need to search for the foundations most likely to give you grants.
Foundation Directory Online is a thorough database, comprising more than 140,000 grantmakers, that is updated weekly so you can count on the accuracy of results.
Multiple filters and an assessment tool help you quickly identify your best potential funding sources. You will also find grantmaker profiles, insights into previously awarded grants, maps and charts, lists of key decision makers and leaders, and a 990-PF tax form search.
Foundation Directory Online is only available on site at certain locations:
Hundreds of instructor-led online courses.
Gale Courses offer a wide range of highly interactive courses taught entirely online by college instructors and experts in the field, ensuring a high-quality, high-impact educational experience.
Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
Industry research reports and risk ratings on every U.S. industry.
IBISWorld employs a team of dedicated expert analysts to research economic, demographic and government data to provide valuable insight into America’s 700+ industries, so you can make better business decisions, faster.
Each report consists of 30 to 40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.
Whether your company requires a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts; whether you need a clearer picture of a supply chain, or whether you need to keep abreast of competitor activity in your industry, IBISWorld’s comprehensive reports will keep you informed.
IBISWorld is only available on site at the Downtown Library.
Everyone is welcome to use IBISWorld at the Downtown Library. You do not need a library card. Just bring your computer (or use one of ours).
On-demand technology, creative, and business training taught by industry experts.
With nearly 4,000 online courses all taught by industry experts, lynda.com offers on-demand training to help members achieve their personal and professional goals.
Every lynda.com course includes free video tutorials and is designed for users to set their own pace. Lessons and tutorials can be watched from your preferred browser on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Course categories include developer, design, web, photography, business, education, 3D+ animation, video, and audio. Instructor and practice files are provided with each course to aid in the learning process.
Lynda.com provides tools for anyone—from entry to executive level—to advance in their career. Whether you’re an accomplished graphic designer interested in starting your own firm or a new teacher looking to master classroom technologies, you’ll find countless resources on lynda.com.
Online courseware for Microsoft technology training.
Courses cover a variety of Microsoft products and skill levels – ranging from beginner users to advanced technical courses that qualify for Microsoft Certification testing.
Provided freely by Microsoft and the Washington State Library.
Full-text access to nearly 10,000 publications including the Wall Street Journal going back to 1984 and the Spokesman Review going back to 1991.
Great for local research! Proquest provides full-text access to the Spokesman Review going back to 1991.
Full-text access to thousands of other newspapers and other publications is available as well.
Market research, competitive analysis, and sales lead list generation.
ReferenceUSA is the leading provider in business and consumer research! Offering a full-service platform, ReferenceUSA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people.
Reference USA database selections and real-time access to more than 20 Million Businesses, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners and Movers, make research easy and fast!
The Statistics Portal for Market Data, Market Research and Market Studies.
Statista is one of the world's largest statistics portals, bringing together statistics and market reports on over 80,000 topics arranged by business sector.
Statista is only available on site at library locations (SCLD or SPL).
Everyone is welcome to use Statista. You do not need a library card. Just bring your computer (or use one of ours).
Washington State and federal legal forms covering many important business use cases.
The Washington State Legal Forms Library offers access to hundreds of legal forms in several document formats, such as MS Word and Adobe PDF.
Some examples of the forms available include:
EWU Libraries offer several resources not available through Spokane Public Library or Spokane County Library District.
Full-text articles from over 100 scholarly business and economics journals, from the first issue up to 3-5 years ago.
Indexes articles on economics issues from over 750 journals and magazines, as well as dissertations, books, and working papers.
Summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Offers 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets), both searchable and browsable.
U.S. and international company financial information, market research, industry reports, & SEC filings.
Offers industry sector analysis and research, industry trends and industry statistics for market research, vertical industry marketing data, or industry trends analysis.
Comprehensive database for communication and mass media issues, covering over 800 journals, of which around 350 are available in full text. Selected core titles are indexed back to the first issue.
Find data for over 800,000 privately-held companies. Data includes company financials, detailed business descriptions, funding histories, acquisitions, competitors, IPO activity, and bankruptcy/restructuring info.
Full text market research reports on all business sectors. Also includes marketing reports on current trends (e-commerce, green, social media, etc.) and by demographic groups. Reports include detailed analysis and data and are segmented to make it easier to jump to the section you care about. Can download sections as PDFs, MS Word, Excel, or use the Export function to download as RTF files.
NOTE: On the initial screen, you must agree to abide by their Conditions of Use before proceeding to the reports.
Offers business and financial information on global, publicly listed companies.Included are SEC financial statements.
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