Resources to help launch a new business enterprise.

Introduction to Guide

This guide is intended to help you begin your research paper and/or project and direct you to a variety of resources from the Thompson Library related to business and management:

  • Reference books (print and online) that may be useful starting points for research.
  • Books --over 14 million books available through UM library system.
  • Article Databases (scholarly journals) covering your topic (over 75,000 journals)
  • Databases covering Company Information, Financials and Statistics
  • Industry Information and Statistics
  • Search tips for the library catalog and article databases

If you're having a problem and need help, don't hesitate to ask! You can contact a librarian with your questions:

As always, should you have suggests for improvements or resources you would like to see included within this Guide, please contact the librarian listed here.

Check with your instructor to see if they have a specific Course Guide created in conjunction with the Library to put the required resources for your course in one, organized site for you.

Instructors wishing to investigate having a Course Guide for any course taught through UM-Flint, please contact your liaison librarian to discuss the possibilities and potential of creating a new Guide fo your course.


This guide has been specifically created for the entrepreneur, whether just starting a new business or tweaking a current enterprise.

Resources include books available from Thompson Library (both print and digital formats), as well as journal articles, statistical information, information about existing companies and helpful information regarding legal and tax considerations as well as marketing and international aspects -- all which may be available in any of our many subscription service databases (see:  A-Z List of Databases).

Additionally, links have been included to outside resources (publicly available sites) where they may offer further insight or assistance on a question of business startup or operation.

As always, suggestions for improving this guide are always appreciated.


Some Useful Links