Not for Business Majors Only: Business Resources for Everyday Life

Do you avoid business databases and reference books because you think they are packed full of financial ratios, P&L statements, or tax laws that will make your head spin?  If so, you may be missing out on some interesting and useful information.

Although the word business originally meant simply the “quality or state of being busy,”[1] over time it has acquired a monetary connotation, and is now generally considered “the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money,”[2] but not necessarily for profit.  Thus, business encompasses almost everything we purchase, use, view, and participate in every day, and business resources cover everything from your morning coffee (Folger’s is the best-selling brand according to Business Rankings Annual, found on Table 15 in Ekstrom) to local banks, hospitals, and schools (see Louisville Business First Big Book of Lists 2012) to television shows (NCIS edged out Sunday Night Football for the most viewers during the 2012-2013 season according to Market Share Reporter, also on Table 15 in Ekstrom).

Looking for an auto repair shop near UofL?  Use the custom search option in ReferenceUSA’s U.S. Businesses Database.  Select “General Automotive Repair Shops” from the Major Industry Group list under Business Type, and “Radius Search” under Geography.  Enter UofL’s address or zip code with the desired distance to get names, phone numbers and addresses of the closest repair places.


Starting a job search?  Learn more about various industries and potential employers by using links on the Industry Profiles & Overviews and Company Profiles & Directories pages of UofL’s business research guide. Then use the company news links to stay up to date for your interviews.


Want to know which large charities are the most efficient in terms of converting your donations to charitable services?  Check out “Charity All-Stars” and “50 Largest U.S. Charities, by the Numbers” in Forbes, which is available through Business Source Premier.

Shopping for a new phone? Read the latest Consumer Reports reviews, also available via Business Source Premier.

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For more information about these and other business resources, visit UofL’s business research guide or contact me at

[1] “business, n.”. OED Online. September 2013. Oxford University Press. 7 November 2013 <;.
[2] “business.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. <;.

One Comment on “Not for Business Majors Only: Business Resources for Everyday Life”

  1. genie says:

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