Are you a business mogul in the making? No doubt you’re burning the midnight oil as you inch ever closer to your degree in business or finance. You’re familiar with all the reading that has to be done but what about the analysis? You’re going to be expected to choose from hundreds of possible research paper topics on many areas such as the deficit, monetary policy, and the European debt crisis. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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What topics do you want to write on? You’ll find them all here. How about:
- Money and banking
- International trade
- Corporate finance
What about finding what you need? After all, you’re on a tight schedule and you can’t spend all night combing through thousands of items. No problem, you’re going to love the powerful search function that will save you time as it helps you zero in on that perfect book or article.
Small business, big resource
The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are located both online and locally where you live. SBDCNet is an information clearinghouse of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The purpose of the site is to provide business research assistance to the SBDC advisors and their small business clients.
The site’s Bootstrapping 101 Blog has plenty of easy-to-read posts such as this one from Bob Reiss titled, “Business Incubators Can Be a Start-Up’s Best Friend.” In the post, Reiss applies a friendly approach to explain how business incubation jumpstarts the development of a new company by providing advice, consulting, and technical assistance.
“Incubators are physical plants that primarily house the offices of start-up companies. They will rent you flexible leases, which can allow you to expand or shrink your space quickly. Rents vary by incubator, but most often are lower than the market rates at the outset,” Reiss explained.
For insightful commentary on the state of the economy you will want to check out the Naked Capitalism blog where you can find information and opinion parsed into digestible chunks for your enjoyment and education. You’ll be able to look over the shoulder of contributors like Lynn Parramore, co-founder of Recessionwire and founding editor of New Deal 2.0.
In an April 5, 2012 post titled, “Capitalism’s Dirty Secret: Corporations Don’t Create Jobs, They Destroy Them,” Parramore explains how American corporations are not living up to their reputation as job creators.
“The U.S. Department of Commerce found that from 2000 to 2009, U.S. transnational corporations, which employ about 20 percent of all American workers, cut their domestic employment by 2.9 million even as they boosted their overseas workforce by 2.4 million. The result was an enormous loss of jobs nationally, as well as a net loss globally,” Parramore said.
- The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) [www.bea.gov]: Statistical information on the U.S. economy.
- The Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution: Produces information and reports on current and emerging tax policy issues. One of the latest entries is a report titled, “How Big is the Federal Government?”
- The U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) [www.cbo.gov]: Produces independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process.
- Publications USA: The Federal Citizen Information Center offers important consumer information and publications to help you make important life decisions.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics [www.bls.gov]: The principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
- Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE): A nonprofit association, supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and staffed by volunteers, delivers services online and at events held locally across the U.S.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA helps small businesses find the resources they need to start and grow. Programs and services are available both online and at local offices.
There are quite a few websites dedicated to providing business and finance information, and happily, many of them are produced by the U.S. government, which means that they’re free to use. Soon you’ll have all the information and interpretation you’ll need in order to create a stellar research project.