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Archive for September, 2010

Research Clinic: Literature Searches

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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Clinic: Industry Research

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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Company Research Clinic

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

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New Database: BizMiner

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

We have a welcome back present for all our returning students: the BizMiner database. This new tool will allow you to look at average financial statements for an industry, and even monthly cash flow statements for start-ups. For example:

  • • Nationwide the restaurant industry’s gross margin is 59% of revenue, but net profit is only 5.5%
  • • The asset turnover ratio is 1.4 and the quick ratio is 0.5
  • • Provo-Orem area restaurants record sales of about $30,000 per employee
  • • And what is the failure rate for restaurants in the Provo-Orem area?  37%

BizMiner is a great source for industry research and a wonderful tool for fleshing out your business plan.