The SBDC maintains multiple subscriptions to industry-leading databases and research tools available to assist client businesses. Whether it is running a competitive market report or financial model, the SBDC can be your trusted research partner.

Contact your local SBDC to find out how your business can benefit from the following databases and tools.

Industrius CFO - Industrius CFO provides financial profiles and performance information from over one million privately-held companies in 2,500 industries. This information allows business owners to assess their company and compare it to the competition. Reports can be prepared for benchmarking, underwriting to evaluate loan risk, single and multi-statement liquidity/profitability/growth statements projections, valuation, and square footage analyses.

SBDCNet - The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse exists to serve the Small Business development Center Network and America’s small business community. SBDCNet produces a broad range of financial, market, and demographic research reports customized to any client’s industry and geographic location.  Their website also features a repository of general research by industry sector and business statistics by year available on-demand.


BizMiner is used for basic industry and market research, particularly for establishing business benchmarks. It contains basic data on industry financial ratios, balance sheet and profit & loss statement. It also contains US, State, Metro, and down to county level market statistics and sales-per-square-foot data for limited companies. It is not suited for company research, detailed company information or in-depth analytical reports. Most of the reports consist of datasets and charts. Although some reports are narrative, they essentially restate the data in a more digestible way. Bizminer is commonly used for industry and market research in student’s entrepreneurship, accounting, finance and marketing programs.


GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and online platform used by business advisors, incubators, and entrepreneurship educators to help businesses make decisions and take action.

It helps startup and growth companies build their businesses through a simple action oriented process — one that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work.

For the business advisor, the absolute flexibility of the toolbox means that it can be fully adapted to existing advisory tools and client needs, and it can even be used by clients themselves, thereby saving time for the advisor.