Forget about on-line sales for a moment. There's a wealth of business information on the Internet's World Wide Web. Here are three of our favorite data-packed Web sites, and their addresses:
The Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA) has by far the best business-resource site we've seen. IOMA's page connects to hundreds of other business sites, including Dun & Bradstreet's Information Services, the U.S. Census Bureau, publications such as Inside Labor Relations, and industry-specific resources.
SBAOnline lists resources by region, and users can call up lists of local offices, approved microlenders, and calendars of events by clicking on a map.
Lexis-Nexis Small Business Advisor provides a pricey but easy way to search for information by key word. It contains reprints from business publications, which users pay about $2 an article to download.