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Research + Development

Research and development (R&D) refers to the investigative activities a business conducts to improve existing products and procedures or to lead to the development of new products and procedures. Use this page to find some resources to help/improve your existing products and/or procedures of your small business.

Detroit Public Library – Parkman Branch

The Detroit Public Library at Parkman Branch has business librarians on staff to assist in small business research and development, as well as an easily accessible computer lab.

They also provide business databases on their website with the following resources:


  • Business Insights: Global
    • Offers global company and industry intelligence: detailed company and industry profiles, company histories,  scholarly journals, and research coverage of global economies.
  • BusinessDecision
    • BusinessDecision is a powerful web-based software service available through the library. It enables you to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with customized
  • DemographicsNow: Business & People
    • Search for an individual, a friend, a relative or create a market research list from over 206 million people and 135 million households. Search for an individual company or create a mailing list of multiple companies from over 17 million active businesses. Access a demographic report on any geography – or compare multiple geographies – for information including income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses and more.
  • Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
    •  A comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering on-line access to S&P Capital IQ independent research, data and commentary on stocks, bonds, funds, and industries.
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