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Entrepreneurship Class Research Guide

This guide is for students in MJ Klemme's entrepreneurship class.

Entrepreneurship Information Resources

This guide is designed to link you to information sources that will be helpful with your entrepreneurship project.

  • Market and Industry Information
  • Demographic Information
  • Local and National News
  • Local, State, and National Organizations

Quick Facts from the U.S. Census

"QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more."

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"The goal of StatsAmerica is to provide actionable data for economic developers to use in site requests, developing metrics, grant writing and strategic planning.

StatsAmerica is a service of the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. We obtain thousands of data items from hundreds of data sets from dozens of federal and state sources, along with some commercial or private source data.  While StatsAmerica adds value to these data through easy access and functionality, we acknowledge the direct agency source of the data on every table, profile or map."

CIA World Factbook

For those working on international topics, this site provides country profiles and demographic information.

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Iowa Economic Development Authority

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Linn County Planning and Development Annual Reports

These reports includes building permit data.

Linn County Public Health Information

Documents and reports at this link have information about births and deaths in Linn County.

Books on Business

On the first floor of the library (reference book section) we have two important books from RMA. ***Note: These books are for use in the library only.  You can make photocopies if needed.***

- Annual Statement Studies: Financial Ratio Benchmarks (call number 338 R595)

- Annual Statement Studies: Industry Default Probabilities and Cash Flow Measures (call number 338 R595i).


Search for books in our online catalog from the main library page.  After searching for a topic, keyword, book, title, author, etc., use limiters to narrow the results to Kirkwood Libraries and print books.

To browse the print books we have on business, entrepreneurship, etc., take a look around the following call numbers located on the second floor of the library: 303, 331, and 658.  Note: These books can be checked out.




ReferenceUSA is a great source for generating lists of businesses in specific geographic areas, specific industries, etc. It is available from many public libraries in the area including:

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Iowa City Public Library

Coralville Public Library

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA


If you need disability-related accommodations in order to use the Library, our website, or our resources, please contact the library at or 319-398-5697.