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Business (General)

Research guide for general business topics

What is Business?

Generally, business often includes in various ways the production, supply, and demand of goods and services for consumption. Examples of businesses might be banking institutions, retail stores, manufacturing plants, real estate companies, restaurants, universities, and more. Basically, any enterprise that conducts regular transactions and exchanges where goods, services, and funds are involved may be classified as a business.

Some businesses are privately owned or publically traded. Activities in these businesses are motivated by increasing profits for the owners and/or stakeholders. Others businesess are non-profit, driven instead by meeting certain social goals or supporting agendas that are less concerned with generating personal or company wealth and more focused on a larger objective.

The administrative and management side of business deals with organizing, overseeing, and directing a company towards meeting its needs and objectives. Business administrators and managers must be able to produce success by effectively working with their employees, stakeholders, vendors, customers, and other interested parties.

Business administrators and managers act as leaders of a company and/or departments within a company. They must manage and allocate available limited resources in the most effective manner possible. They must anticipate and plan for local, national, and international economic change. They must be knowledgeable in organizational, informational, systemic workflows.

You can read more about occupations related to business in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Handbook for Business and Financial Occupations.

General Business Websites

Professional Organizations

Here are professional organizations and associations that may be of interest to you, organized by subject area.

Many of them provide free resources, but membership is often required to use all of their services.

Consider joining professional organizations now or in the future, as membership opens opportunities for conferences, networking, and professional development.

Search tip!

If you're using Google to find websites, try including one of the following domains in your search to ensure the most high-quality results.

  • (websites for government)
  • (websites for U.S. institutions of higher education)


A search for government websites only involving the term "stock market" looks like this:

A search for institutions of higher education websites only involving the terms "adam smith" and "invisible hand" looks like this:

In either case, you simply follow your search terms with the word "site," a colon, a period, and the domain you want.

You can also try and, but sometimes those sites can still be questionable.

Keep in mind that international higher education sites (for example, those from Canada, the U.K., Australia, etc.) do not use the .edu domain. Instead, try looking for the .ac (academic institutions) domain.

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