1. Select industry using IBISWorld, Mintel or NetAdvantage Industry Surveys
2. Use SWOT analyses in Business Source Premier to find strengths and weaknesses about a model company in your industry.
3. Find trends and competitive environment in IBISWorld, Mintel, NetAdvantage and Mergent Online (databases) & in Encyclopedia of American Industries (e-book/reference book).
4. Identify professional associations and mine their web sites for regulatory issues, legal matters, and (sometimes) marketing data.
5. Research government information and Economic Census data using NAICS codes
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