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In-House Reference Resources

Value Line
Provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles, and offers a family of no-load mutual funds. Value Line is also available online through the MARVEL! databases.

Standard & Poor’s 75 year old weekly financial newsletter.

Mutual fund quotes, research reports and tools for making better investing and 401k decisions.

No-Load Fund Investor
This monthly newsletter, contains model portfolios and extensive current data on 996 leading no-load funds.


Corporate Information
Search by country, state, or industry to find profiles, analysis, financial performance, and links to similar sites on companies around the world. Site requires free registration.

Edgar Database of corporate information
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission provides company information including SEC filings.

Business information on 12 million public and private companies worldwide, including company profiles, in-depth financials, contact names, competitors

International ISO 9000 Database
An  online directory of companies that meet the quality standards of ISO 9000 certification. Site requires registration for free access

Online Annual Report Service
View free annual reports online or request a hard copy.

Thomas Register
Search for manufacturers and industrial product information. Free site requires registration.


Better Business Bureau
Find information on checking out a company, charitable giving, consumer alerts, and tips on filing a complaint.

Consumer Loan Calculator
Calculate a loan with the variables of loan amount, interest rate and loan period in months.

Consumer Protection
The Federal Trade Commission provides tips on credit issues, avoiding scams, telemarketing and unsolicited mail.

Consumer World
A commercial site with consumer news and resources, links to various product sites and a comparison price checker.

This commercial site indexes and summarizes product reviews and provides information on the top rated models and brands.

Federal Consumer Information Center
A clearinghouse of information from the federal government including publications such as the popular Consumer Information Catalog

Mortgage and Financial Calculators
These interactive calculators can help determine compound interest returns, loans, retirement payouts and more

Mortgage Information Service
This award-winning commercial site provides a wealth of information on mortgages including calculators, a mortgage glossary, interest rate trends, a real estate directory and more.

National Do Not Call Registry
Most telemarketers cannot call your telephone number if it is in the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register your home and mobile phone numbers for free. Your registration will be effective for five years.

Planet Feedback
A commercial site where consumers can voice their complaint, compliment, question or suggestion to a company.

Product Reviews from Good Housekeeping
Browse the archive to comparison shop for a variety of products in the savvy consumer section of their site.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
This government site alerts consumers about important recalls and product safety hazards.


Consumer Price Indexes
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides tabulated data, CPI fact sheets, and FAQs on how CPI relates to cost-of-living and inflation and an inflation calculator.

FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis provides historical U.S. economic and financial data for consumers, students, and economists.

Historical Exchange Rates
A resource site with multilingual worldwide currency exchange rates searchable by specific dates.

Developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, the North American Industrial Classification System replaces SIC codes as a means to classify business activity across North America.

Foundations & Grants

The Foundation Center
This site provides education about writing grant proposals, identifies funding trends, tracks the top 100 foundations and provides a “finding funders” database and more.

Grant Proposals
A commercial site that provides annotated links to resources for help with grant proposals.

Internet Nonprofit Center
A site for and about nonprofit organizations that provides FAQs and links to publications and web resources.

Maine Philanthropy Center
The Maine Philanthropy Center is a nonprofit organization established in 1995 by a group of local grantmakers to promote effective philanthropy in Maine.

International Business

Global Edge
Find international business resources from this Michigan State University site.

International Business Customs & Etiquette
Search by country on this commercial site to find business customs and behavioral protocols.


Find a charting of stocks, mutual funds and market indices.

Historical Stock Quotes
Yahoo’s historical quotes searchable by ticker symbol.
This financial site has stock reports from Investor’s Business Daily.
This investment research firm offers analysis of stocks, mutual funds and other types of investments for individual investors and financial advisors. Free service requires registration.

Motley Fool’s Web Site
Popularized in the print media under the company name Motley Fool, these same authors offer online market news and advice on personal finance for the individual investo

Roth IRAs
Find technical and planning information for practitioners and consumers including news, laws and links to other Roth IRA informational sites.

Ticker Symbol Lookup
Yahoo’s searchable page for ticker symbols

Value Line: (from Marvel business pages)
Web subscriber privileges for this site are available, courtesy of MARVEL databases.

Yahoo Finance
This site has current market activity, stock research, and personal finance resources.

Small Business: General sites

Business Owner’s Toolkit
This excellent commercial site has a small business guide with guidelines for startup companies, business tools such as forms, templates and model business documents, email advice and other practical tips for the small business owner.

Federal Business Opportunities
Fedbizopps is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet.
Find federal information easily on this United States Department of Commerce site.

National Association for the Self-Employed
Advocacy, reference resources, news and support for the self-employed.

Business Owners Idea Café
A fun approach with advice and information as well as “Cyberschmooz” discussion groups.

Findlaw Small Business Tool Kit
Many checklists, business plans, forms and other documents to download, as well as links to resources.

SCORE: Service Corps of Retired Executives
Links to thousands of government and small business sites, email advice and online workshops

U.S. Small Business Administration
Many helpful links as well as advice on finance and development including free online courses.

U.S. Business Advisor
Access to guides and government forms that small businesses need to comply with regulations or apply for loans and other federal assistance.

Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center
Directed at women but helpful to all entrepreneurs.

U.S. Census
The place to find detailed statistical profiles of communities and the entire country.

Small Business: Journals

Inc. Magazine

Small Business: Maine sites

Midcoast Council of Governments
Local information and links to helpful resources.

Business Answers
This service of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is a centralized information source for business anwers.

State of Maine Business Resources
A rich site providing many links and helpful content for Maine businesses.

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
This state office assists existing businesses and seeks to attract new businesses. The “Tools for Small Businesses” button links to a resources library.

Maine Small Business Development Center
Dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. Helpful content and links to other agencies.

Maine Business Works
Up-to-date information and resources to start a new business or improve an existing small business. Site includes training opportunities.


Copyright Clearance Center
Get permission to reproduce copyrighted content from the largest licenser of text reproduction rights in the world.

Crash Course in Copyright University of Texas online resource.

Copyright Quickguide from Columbia University. Copyright law fills volumes, but here are a few points that will help frame the issues

Google Patent Search
Search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you.

National Congress of Inventor Organizations
This nonprofit organization for inventors provides articles, resources,and related links.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Find information for a variety of visitors from kids to inventors to patent attorneys.

United States Copyright Office
This site by the Library of Congress includes legislation, how to conduct a copyright search, and find copyright forms and fact sheets.


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