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Web sites worth knowing about The Public Record Research Library, a free site from BRB Publications, will help researchers find the right vendor for public record searching needs. Vendors found on the site include search firms, online gateways, and companies maintaining databases of public records. The site contains 28 information categories, searchable by state; direct links to vendors' Web sites; complete coverage of delivery methods-online access, CD-ROMs, database sales-and separate search indices for pre-employment and tenant screening companies. In addition, the site indicates which vendors accept "casual" requests, and whether the vendor is a gateway or has a proprietary database. Full profiles and product descriptions are provided. The Small Business Knowledge Base, as it is called, is a resource for owners and managers of small businesses and would-be entrepreneurs. Packed with hundreds of guides and worksheets, users can find all the guidelines and tools needed to start, operate, and succeed in a small business. The site covers ten areas of small business management, including starting a business, sales and marketing, personal skills, business on the Internet, and more. Two popular features at the site are the Entrepreneur Quiz, that can help a visitor assess his or her entrepreneurial skills, and the Top 100 Inspiring Anecdotes and Stories-a collection of anecdotes and wit. The site also features a search engine that allows visitors to search the site's extensive database of guides and documents. National Decision Systems' site, which includes 11 online reports, has added online mapping capabilities. The maps are based on the lowest level of geography available-the census block group-containing about 350 households each. Users first select the trade area they wish to analyze, then choose the parameters, ranging from current-year population, current-year household, median household income, population growth (1990 to current year) to daytime population. Online reports include demographic, business, shopping center, segmentation, and restaurant information. Maps can be printed in color or black-and-white or viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, and cost $69 for three specified radii.

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