Business


General Business & Economics

60-Second Adventures in Economics (videos)
60-Second Adventures in Economics are a fast and fun way to acquaint yourself with a few of the fundamental ideas in economics. Also available at YouTube
The Basics of Economics
This guide provides an informative and engaging introduction to the study of economics for students, teachers, and the general public. (2004 ebook; SCC students, see librarian for password.)
The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
Part of the Library of Economics and Liberty site, sponsored by the Liberty Fund.
Cornell: Catherwood Library
The Martin P. Catherwood Library in Cornell University’s ILR School is the most comprehensive resource in North America on labor and employment.
Econbrower
A blog concerned with analysis of current economic conditions and policy.
The Economics Classroom
Video lessons and resources on Economics, with links to news and other information.(Formerly “Welker’s Wikinomics”)
Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition
A video instructional series on micro- and macroeconomics for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 28 half-hour video programs; 28 audio programs; coordinated text and guides; and Web site.
Economy.com
Economy.com® provides real-time coverage of the global economy, including in-depth analysis of more than 300 economic indicators events, topics and long term trends, plus forecasts by Mark Zandi and the Moody’s Analytics team.
EH.Net Encyclopedia
The EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History is designed to provide students and laymen with high quality reference articles in the field.
Entrepreneur.com
Articles and information for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
The Federal Reserve
“The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, was founded by Congress in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system.”
The Financial Diet (videos)
The Financial Diet talks about personal finance in a way that doesn’t make you want to curl up in a ball and cry. Everything you wanted to know about money + living better, even for the total beginner.
Freakonomics
By the authors of the best-selling book of the same title, this site includes an award-winning podcast, a regular blog, and further information.
The History of Credit and Debit
This exhibit is a retrospective on money and the development of credit. You will be taken on a 9,000-year journey to see how we arrived at our present-day financial times. (Dec. 2009)
History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day
This site contains a chronology, written by Glyn and Roy Davies, and a collection of essays written by Roy Davies on various themes using information based on the book on monetary history with the same title.
How To Make a Business Plan Today [Step-By-Step Guide]
These guidelines and templates will show you how to create a minified plan for your small business.
Introduction to Economic Analysis
Free online introductory college textbook.
Junior Achievement National Headquarters
This site explores the fields of free enterprise, business, and the workforce.
Kutztown SBDC: Free Online Learning Programs
This is one of the largest collection of free, on-demand entrepreneurial training resources available in the United States.
Motley Fool
Business news, investing information, stock quotes, and an extensive set of tutorials about personal finance and investing.
MSN: Money
Business news, investing, companies, markets, and more.
Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) dedicates its energy and resources to providing support to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation.
World Bank
Articles, publications, research data, news, and more, including resources on trade.

Advertising & Marketing

6 Warning Signs Of Digital Identity Theft You Shouldn’t Ignore
Identity theft is like cancer. If you catch it early enough then you can mitigate most of the damage, but if you ignore the warning signs until it’s too late then your life just might be ruined.
How to Safeguard Your Social Security Number
Do you have to provide your SSN because it’s requested, and if not, how do you know which situations are optional? … Someone illegally using your number can access personal information and apply for and use credit in your name, creating a financial mess that you’re left to sort out.
How to Keep Your Social Security Number Safe
Here’s how to prevent other people from accessing your Social Security online account.
FTC – Identify Theft
A one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft from the Federal Trade Commission.
Identity Theft and Fraud
Information from the Department of Justice, including what to do if you become a victim.
Identity Theft.gov
dentityTheft.gov can help you report and recover from identity theft.
Identity Theft Resource Center
ITRC is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and implementing a comprehensive program against identity theft — by supporting victims, broadening public awareness, disseminating information about this crime and decreasing the potential victim population.
OnGuard Online.gov
Provides practical tips … to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: OD Theft & Social Security Numbers
Fact sheets, guides, articles, and reports.

Consumer Information

Product Reviews
Consumer Reports ConsumerSearch.com ConsumerWorld Good Guide
Annual Credit Report.com
AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report. By law, you may request one credit report from them for free each year. (Note: Do not use freecreditrepot.com; it is a Scam.).

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The 12 Cyber-Scams of Christmas
This Christmas looks like being a bumper one for online shopping but not everyone is filled with the festive spirit and some have already set online traps they hope you will fall into. Good advice for the whole shopping year. (BBC, Dec. 2013)
The Best Time to Buy Guide
A guide to the most economical time to shop for and buy over 40 types of items, from clothes to cars.
Better Business Bureau
Guidance for consumers and business, product reports, how to file complaints, and statistics.  Information on everything from work at home schemes to complaint reports on businesses in your area.
Catalog Choice
Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your [paper] mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Publishes guides and recall information for a wide variety of products.
ConsumerWorld
Bargains, consumer resources, price comparison, product reviews and more; a wealth of information for the savvy consumer.
Feed the Pig
Saving is easy in theory: just spend less than you earn and put what’s left into a separate account. What’s not so easy is keeping track of your daily spending habits. Calculators and helpful advice on tracking and controlling your spending and saving.
FTC: Consumer Information
From the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a collection of documents in text and pdf format about a variety of consumer issues including advertising, e-commerce, identity theft, senior issues, and telemarketing among others.
GetHuman
Don’t wait on hold! Companies have more phone numbers, emails, and contact options than ever. GetHuman tracks the best ones.
GoodGuide
GoodGuide provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home.
HealthyStuff.org
Test results for more than 5,000 products showing which possibly hazardous chemicals are present in everyday items such as clothes and toys.
The ‘Lectric Law Library: Consumer Rights & Protection
Consumer rights, scams to beware, and related information.
National Consumer Law Center
Information on consumer, with a special section of advice for consumers themselves.
New York State Division of Consumer Protection
Information and resources for New York State consumers.
OnGuard Online.gov
Provides practical tips … to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
Online Shopping Tips
Just as shoppers should take measures to protect themselves in brick-and-mortar stores … online shoppers also need to take sensible precautions. This guide offers advice on how to make your online shopping experiences enjoyable and safe.
Publications.USA.gov
A collection of documents about a variety of topics, including cars, children, food, health, housing, recalls, scams, travel, and more. (Formerly known as the Federal Citizen Information Center)
Recalls.gov
Follow the tabs to obtain the latest recall information, to report a dangerous product, or to learn important safety tips.
SafeShopping.org
This informational site, created by the American Bar Association, will help you order safely when shopping online.
USA.gov: Consumer Guides and Protection
USA.gov: Consumer Protection
Resources from the federal government on consumer safety, loans, identity theft, fraud, and much more.
What It Costs
Whether you want to know the price range of practical activities — such as removing a tree stump from your yard, having your teeth whitened or joining a gym – or are interested in our more unusual articles – such as the cost of climbing the Seven Summits… this site will tell you.

Identity Theft

6 Warning Signs Of Digital Identity Theft You Shouldn’t Ignore
Identity theft is like cancer. If you catch it early enough then you can mitigate most of the damage, but if you ignore the warning signs until it’s too late then your life just might be ruined.
How to Safeguard Your Social Security Number
Do you have to provide your SSN because it’s requested, and if not, how do you know which situations are optional? … Someone illegally using your number can access personal information and apply for and use credit in your name, creating a financial mess that you’re left to sort out.
How to Keep Your Social Security Number Safe
Here’s how to prevent other people from accessing your Social Security online account.
FTC – Identify Theft
A one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft from the Federal Trade Commission.
Identity Theft and Fraud
Information from the Department of Justice, including what to do if you become a victim.
Identity Theft.gov
dentityTheft.gov can help you report and recover from identity theft.
Identity Theft Resource Center
ITRC is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and implementing a comprehensive program against identity theft — by supporting victims, broadening public awareness, disseminating information about this crime and decreasing the potential victim population.
OnGuard Online.gov
Provides practical tips … to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: OD Theft & Social Security Numbers
Fact sheets, guides, articles, and reports.

Personal Finance

Benefits.gov
The official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.
CNN – Money Essentials
Information on how to set priorities, budgeting, banking, investing, saving for retirement, purchase of costly items such as home and car, and much more.
Financial Football
Ready to give your brain a workout? … Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills. Teams compete by answering finance questions to earn yardage and score touchdowns.
FTC: Consumer Information: Money & Credit
Money matters. And using tried and true strategies for dealing with money — or the lack of it — can make a big difference to your present and your future. Whether you are saving, spending, or borrowing money, this is information you can’t afford to overlook.
FTC: YouAreHere
In our virtual mall, you can play games, design ads, chat with customers and store owners, and much more. You’ll learn key consumer concepts, such as how advertising affects you, how you benefit when businesses compete, how (and why) to protect your information, and how to spot scams.
Freakonomics
By the authors of the best-selling book of the same title, this site includes an award-winning podcast, a regular blog, and further information.
ItAllAddsUp
Interactive games and simulations teach about financial management, credit and investing.
Managing Your Money
Articles from WikiHow on various aspects of personal finance, budgeting, managing debt, savings, and related topics.
Motley Fool – Personal Finance
Articles and information on how to make more, save more, spend smarter, and keep more of what you earn. Topics include: Saving & Spending, Credit & Debt, Home & Real Estate, Death & Taxes, IRAs, and Mint Personal Finance.
MSN: Money: Personal Finance
Articles on investing, taxes, banking, financial planning, and more.
MyMoney.gov
The Federal Government’s website dedicated to helping Americans understand more about their money – how to save it, invest it, and manage it to meet your personal goals.
NerdWallet
Our straightforward tools and honest advice help guide you out of debt, calculate your mortgage, make sure you’re on track to retire and so much more.
Next Gen Personal Finance
Next Gen Personal Finance offers a free online curriculum of 65+ complete lessons and 200+ standalone activities you can access from anywhere.
Practical Money Skills
With sections for teachers, parents, students, and consumers, and topics ranging from budgeting to credit cards to shopping to identity theft, this site has something for everyone.
Saving for Retirement in Plain English (video)
This video is designed to teach the benefits of using a retirement account for financing a comfortable retirement. From the Common Craft show.
Smart About Money
From the National Endowment for Financial Education, practical articles, worksheets, tips and valuable resources from across the Web to help you understand and manage your money.
Understanding Taxes
Although based on 2014 tax law, this site from the IRS is a good introduction to how taxes work, with sections for both teachers and students.
Yahoo! Finance: Personal Finance
Articles, tools, and how-to guides. Topics include: Banking & Budgeting, Career & Work, College & Education, Family & Home, Insurance, Loans, Real Estate, Retirement, and Taxes.

Stocks & Investing

Stock Exchanges:
NASDAQNYSELondonEuronextTokyo

About: Stocks and Stock Investments
From About.com, links to all sorts of information about stocks and investing.
Annual Report Gallery
Our Free Service allows users to review an annual report in an easy and convenient manner.
BigCharts
Enter a company’s stock symbol to see news, stock quotes, or a variety of current and historical charts covering periods from 1 day to 1 decade.
Bloomberg.com
Stocks, business news, quotes, investment advice.
CNNMoney.com: Markets and Stocks
Stock news, quote lookup, indexes and lists.
Dow Jones Indexes
Information on Dow Jones averages and indexes.
Fortune 500 Daily & Breaking Business News
In addition to its famous ‘Fortune500’ company list, this site provides a CEO list and an industry list with basic financial information for each company, business news, columnists, and investment advice.
Gale: Business and Company ASAP
Gale: Business and Company Resource Center
The first of these business databases offer news and articles; the second has information and reports on companies and industries as well as more news and articles. (SCC students; check with librarian for password.)
How the Stock Market Works
This website was created to help you understand how stock trading works. Hopefully you will be able to begin trading for the first time or simply have a better understanding of what happens behind the scenes.
Investment FAQ
A collection of Frequently Asked Questions and answers about investments and personal finance, including stocks, bonds, options, discount brokers, information sources, retirement plans, life insurance, etc.
InvestorGuide.com
News, stock quotes, investing and personal finance information, and a large number of links to related sites.
Investopedia
Dictionary, articles, simulator, research, free tools, a guide to investments, and more.
MorningStar.com’s Investing Classroom
Our courses cover everything you need to know, from the basics to advanced techniques. And our courses are conveniently short. You can complete each course in about 10 minutes.
Motley Fool
Business news, investing information, stock quotes, and an extensive set of tutorials about personal finance and investing.
MSN Money: Investing
Stock quotes, portfolio manager, financial news, articles, and more.
NYSE Glossary
Lists and defines financial and stock market terms.
NY Times Online Business section
Business news and market information, including stock quotes. Requires (free) registration.
Reuters
News, quotes, portfolio tracker.
Stock Market Games
WorldWide Quotes
Offers a range of free financial services and some fee-based ones.
Yahoo! Finance
Stock quotes, business news, more.

US Economy

Budget of the United States Government
From the Government Printing Office, both current and historical budgets and explanatory documents.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
BLS: Economy at a Glance
Indices, statistics, demographics, and links relating to labor and the economy.
The Concord Coalition
The Concord Coalition is a respected non-partisan sources of information on the risks and consequences of a growing federal debt and unsustainable fiscal policies.
Congressional Budget Office
Independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency is strictly nonpartisan and conducts objective, impartial analysis…
Federal Reserve
The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, provides the nation with a safe, flexible, and stable monetary and financial system. Site includes news, policy, regulations, information for consumers, and more.
FedSpending.org
A free, searchable database of federal government spending. … open and accessible tool for citizens to find out where federal money goes and who gets it is long overdue.
Inequality.org
Your portal into the world of inequality online — and ongoing efforts to leave our planet a more equal place.
Living Wage Calculator
A tool to estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.
New York Times: The United States Economy
An overview with links to many Times articles on the economy and finance.
New York Times Topics: Income Inequality
Links to archived and recent articles pertaining to income inequality, with graphics and multimedia.
Pew Research Center: Income Inequality
Collected articles on the issue of income inequality going back to 2006, with links to related topics.
The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality is committed to providing research, policy analysis, and training on issues of poverty and inequality.
The State of Working America
An ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty that allow for a clear, unbiased understanding of the economy’s effect on the living standards of working American.
U.S. Monetary Policy: An Introduction
This site provides an introduction to U.S. monetary policy as it is currently conducted by answering a series of questions… From the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
U.S. Treasury: Education
Articles, fact sheets, news, and links to other U.S. government sites.
A Visual History of the Federal Reserve System, 1914-2009
A history of the Federal Reserve in .pdf format.
White House: The President’s Budget
A look at the current (proposed) budget, viewable either as a single document or as multiple short ones by topic.
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