Business Tools and Research

The Maricopa SBDC provides access to data and information generally unaffordable or unavailable to existing and aspiring small and medium-sized businesses. Through its affiliations and partnerships with institutions of higher education, our certified professionals utilize high-cost databases, business research resources, and tools, including those listed below, to assist businesses that are poised for growth and ready for our services. Together with our team of support and professional counselors, we put that information to work to help grow businesses.

Research

SBDCnet.org—The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse serving the Small BusinessDevelopment Center Network and America’s small business community.

ReferenceUSA — is a market research database with detailed information on over 14 million U.S. businesses, 262 million U.S. consumers and their lifestyles, and international companies. Map-based geography searches and neighborhood data make this a useful tool in researching target markets and the competition. FSBDCs are also able to use this tool to locate our target market businesses—SMEs.

Business Tools

GrowthWheel—The Maricopa SBDC has certified GrowthWheel® counselors. GrowthWheel® is a tool for decision-making in start-up and growth companies. It helps business advisors and entrepreneurs get focus, set agenda, make decisions, and take action.

ProfitMastery — offers clients access to the world’s leading business financial management system designed to help businesses improve profitability and cash flow, and to obtain financing.

ProfitCents — allows FSBDC consultants to benchmark their clients’ financial performance against more than 1,400 industry averages on 60 ratios and metrics and forecast financial decision-making and its results on business performance.