Business & Investing

Helena Permits and Applications
Access the information and forms you need for City of Helena applications and permits such as business license.

Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Find employment and labor market statistics, economic information, and the consumer price index.

Canadian Businesses
With information on over 1.5 million businesses, the Canadian database provides everything a patron needs to know about businesses throughout Canada. Search criteria include: business name, employee size, sales volume, SIC Code, executive name/title, location, and much more.

FREDMontana
Financial Resource Education Database in Montana provides reliable, comprehensive financial education resources on topics including financial planning, credit repair, retirement, and more.

Montana Economy at a Glance
View current and archived magazine issues plus podcasts from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Access Morningstar Investment Research Center from outside the library (library account required)
Morningstar provides investment research, including stock and fund analysis, reports, and tools, as well as company, investing, and financial news.

Small Business Administration
A U.S. government website that provides information on starting a business, finding and managing loans and grants, contracting, and more.

Thomas Register
Find manufacturers, distributors, and service providers from actuators to zirconium and everything in between. This site Includes 67,000 searchable categories, downloadable CAD drawings, and breaking industrial news and information.

U.S. Business Database
We offer the most detailed and accurate business data available in the industry. Every day, new businesses open, existing businesses change locations and eventually some businesses close down—because of this, the database must be continually maintained to keep the information up-to-date. We also phone-verify every record annually, making more than 24 million calls a year.

U.S. Consumer Lifestyles
The U.S. Consumers database is the industry’s premier source for consumer information. With 75 contributing sources and a full rebuild every month, the U.S. Consumer database sets the standard for unparalleled quality, while its comprehensive demographic and lifestyle attributes allows for creative solution building for any type of marketing or research.

U.S. Historical Businesses
The Historical Business database allows patrons to research business data dating back to 2003. It features easy-to-use searches, exportable charts and graphs, and heat maps to visualize industry trends. Our proprietary mapping capabilities allow for longitude/latitude of each record as well as map-based searches to locate hard-to-find businesses. Patrons can view how businesses and industries change over time; providing supporting data for business plans, research papers, job searches, and development opportunities, just to name a few.

U.S. Jobs/Internships
ReferenceUSA has partnered with Indeed.com to bring over 2.5 million jobs to the U.S. Jobs and Internships database. Patrons can find jobs all over the country and search by: job title, company name, business type, job type, multiple geography options, and more. In addition to the database, we offer comprehensive job tools such as resume writing tips, cover letter examples, interview tips, continuing education materials, searching tips, salary estimates, and much more.

U.S. New Businesses
Thousands of businesses come into existence every week. Our researchers diligently work to identify and make these new businesses available as quickly as possible. You can search and, in some cases, contact them before their doors are even open.

U.S. New Movers/Homeowners
This file offers a wide variety of selects and virtually unlimited data combinations. The file is updated weekly for access to the freshest information. This file is compiled from marketing sources and deeds of warranty and trusts filed with county recorder offices. You can select new movers in conjunction with age, income, marital status, mail order buyers, mail responsive, or any other available demographics.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Search patents and trademarks, research patent law, and access patent and trademark forms.