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What are key resources for Industry Overviews?

Your first step in researching an industry should be finding the Industry Classification code. See below for the three standard classifcations for industries in the United States.

Open Access Resources

Subscription-Based Databases

Trade Associations

Trade associations are important sources of information for industry research, because they collect industry statistics, maintain directories, publish white papers and research reports, organize conferences, and trade shows. Industry experts may be identified through these organizations.

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