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Resources for Community Entrepreneurs

Collection of free and subscription resources available to Pennsylvania residents.

Finding Industry Reports, News & Data

Industry reports, available in databases, print resources, and websites, contain valuable analysis of an industry's operating conditions, driving forces, competitive landscapes, and more.


Search tips:

  • Identify your industry. In order to perform more efficient research, you'll want a clearly defined industry to start with.
  • Try related terms for keyword searches, like "apparel" vs. "clothing." Databases may have different terms for the same or similar industry.
  • Try multiple databases. Each covers different industries, with some overlap.
  • Industry code designations, like NAICS or SIC codes, can be helpful in searching databases. Use the census website to find your industry code.
  • Use trade or professional associations as they often produce and publish helpful reports and data.

Government Databases

Commercial Databases and Resources

Pitt-owned resources are only available in-person at the Hillman Library or Homewood CEC or by appointment via the Business Research Clinic for non-Pitt entrepreneurs. Users can obtain a guest pass at the Hillman Library Ground Floor Services for walk-in access to business resources. For more information, please contact

Industry Reports

Industry News

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Industry Reports

Industry News