Along with the basics of starting a business and examples of business plans, this database profiles data on many of the most common industries in which entrepreneurs are engaged. This information can be used to support various aspects of the business plan.
This is another large business database, with strength in global business. Along with magazine and journal articles, this database contains the full-text of the Wall Street Journal, along with the Alaska trade publications Alaska Business Monthly and the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
This site, sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau, is a goldmine of statistics and other data on people, housing, and business and industry. Easy-to-use search forms help you zero in on the data you need.
Alaska's Statewide Library Electronic Doorway includes many links to useful business and economic data (e.g., Alaska Economic Trends) that can be used to support the demograhic portion of a local business plan.
Data on businesses, health care providers, and consumers. Company information is searchable by SIC/NAICS codes or key words, and sortable by size of company, company income, geographic location, etc. This is a great resource for marketing studies.