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Estimate your projected financials
BizMiner This link opens in a new window
Here you can find financial reports by industry - including average costs of labor, rent, taxes, advertising, and insurance. Several levels are available: you may want to choose "micro-firms" and then "startups."
Hoover's (Now D&B Hoovers) This link opens in a new window
retrieve and compare financial data for 87 million companies worldwide (full financials only available for public companies.)
First Research Industry Profiles This link opens in a new window
Industry reports that includes benchmark financials and often valuation multiples for many types of small businesses. Make sure to update (on left) to most recent.
Other cost sources
salaries for different jobs by location
commercial real estate rates and availability in various cities
Means Building Construction Cost Data
Book on the 4th floor of Hunt Library in the Arts Reference section - outlines the cost of construction for all kinds of structures, with indexes for different cities - TH435 .B84 69TH 2011