Research an industry

Before start­ing a busi­ness, it is impor­tant to under­stand the indus­try you will be joining. 

To begin your research, you will need to know the Stan­dard Indus­tri­al Clas­si­fi­ca­tion (SIC) code or North Amer­i­can Indus­tri­al Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (NAICS) code for your goods and/​or ser­vices. These codes can be found at http://​www​.cen​sus​.gov/​e​o​s​/​w​w​w​/​n​aics/.

Once you have iden­ti­fied your indus­try, use the fol­low­ing resources to learn more. And don’t for­get to check the DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library cat­a­log to find addi­tion­al resources on your par­tic­u­lar area of interest.

Career Guide to Indus­tries by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In addi­tion to indus­try overviews, this site pro­vides infor­ma­tion on occu­pa­tions with­in an indus­try and describes the train­ing nec­es­sary for advancement.

Unit­ed States Bureau of the Census

Get sta­tis­tics on man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­struc­tion indus­tries here.