Databases | Business Sites | Consumer & Automotive | Consumer Protection | Product Evaluations

 

Databases

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Access Business News contains over 600 business sources from a local, national, and international perspective. Set up an alert to be notified of new articles on a particular topic.

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AtoZdatabases has been replaced by ReferenceUSA, which is a telephone directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Call (630) 887-8760 x240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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Business Insights: Essentials contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook contains consumer ratings on businesses and services for the Chicago Metro area. Search for plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Now available from home! Note: registration is required.

Consumer Reports contains expert product reviews and ratings of cars, appliances, electronics, and more.

Demographics Now contains census data plus demographics info to analyze population and marketing trends. Find data by town or create a custom region. 

Financial Ratings Series is a premier resource which provides independent ratings of life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. It also rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. From Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

ReferenceUSA is a telephone directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Also explore consumer and lifestyle data. Great for creating marketing lists or searching for a new job.

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S&P NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering online access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, Company Profiles, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports, and more.

Small Business Resource Center is a place to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.

 

Business Sites

Export.gov
Export assistance for U.S. businesses.

Grants.gov
Find federal grants to assist your business.

Illinois Secretary of State | Services for Business
Search for downloadable Illinois small business forms and do a preliminary search on corporate name availability.

Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage
Provides assistance to individuals starting a business and to existing businesses.

Small Business Administration Illinois Office
Business guidance from the SBA's Illinois office.

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business
Find a local contact for free business advice from The Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Search for manufacturers and distributors of U.S. products.

 

Consumer & Automotive

Autobytel
Buy or sell a car online. Includes new and used car prices, automobile reviews, new car research, buying advice, car dealers, auto loans, car rankings and more.

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide
Become an informed buyer of a new or used car here.

GetHuman
Connect to a live customer service agent faster with these direct phone numbers and shortcuts for thousands of companies worldwide.

IntelliChoice
Search for new or used cars.

Kelly Blue Book
New and used car values plus motorcycle prices and new car previews.

NADA Used Vehicle Values and Appraisal Guides
Provides price information for new cars, used car prices back to 1987, RV prices back to 1989, and classic cars back to 1926.

Parts.com
Shop for automotive parts online.

 

Consumer Protection

AnnualCreditReport.com
This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Better Business Bureau
Lists business, consumer, and charity alerts. You may also file a complaint online.

CardRatings.com
Sponsored by the U.S. Citizens for Fair Credit Card Terms, this site fights credit card debt by offering consumer ratings of credit cards.

CharityNavigator
Evaluate over 5,000 charities their financial health to aid conumers in their charitable giving. Also find out when CUB will be in your area by viewing their events calendar.

Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the Illinois General Assembly to fight utility rate hikes and promote tougher consumer protection laws.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: FAQs
Get the answers to your financial questions on topics ranging from mortgages and student loans to bank accounts and credit scores.

Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Protection
Consumer protection information on credit and loans, identity theft, telemarketing and the Do Not Call registry. File a complaint.

Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division
Offers assistance with consumer fraud and unfair business practices. Provides a downloadable complaint form as well as consumer protection information and alerts.

Illinois Commerce Commission
Resolves consumer complaints with utilities and other entities. Also licenses household movers.

Internet Crime Complaint Center
If you've been a victim of an Internet crime, report your complaint online and learn more about cybercrime activities.

USA.gov - Consumer Protection
Your everyday guide to prevent identity theft, understand credit, and smart shopping. Get information on filing a complaint regarding banks, credit card companies, student loans, and more.

 

Product Evaluation Sites

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings
Includes top-rated energy-efficient appliances.

Consumer Search
Provides evaluations from many different sources of a variety of products.

Epinions
Opinions from consumers on products and services.