ReferenceUSA, the premier source of  business and residential information for the US and Canada,  covers US and Canadian businesses, and provide key executives, sales, volume, number of employees, parent and subsidiary relationships for over 10 million US and over 1 million Canadian companies.  

ReferenceUSA can be found on your Alameda County Library’s webpage , by moving your mouse over RESEARCH in the blue bar at the top of the page, moving down the drop-down menu, and clicking on “Business” guide as well as on the A-Z Resource List subject of Business.

 ReferenceUSA will be giving free online training sessions through mid-September for the public.   The training sessions available are: 

Topic:  ReferenceUSA Search Essentials

Day/Date: Fridays (through September 28)

Time:  11:00 AM Central (1 hour)

Designed for the patron new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA.  Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.  The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, would want to know in order to be successful in using the resource.  Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.

To register for any of the session dates, follow the link below: 

Topic:  Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Wednesdays (through September 28)

Time:  2:30 PM Central (1 Hour) 

Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy.  Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.  

To register for any of the session dates, follow the link below: 

Topic:  Start, Manage, Grow!  How Businesses can use ReferenceUSA

Day/Date:  Mondays (through September 26)

Time:  1:30 PM Central (1 hour) 

Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business.  Topics include: 

  • research prospects and prospective clients
  • locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
  • network with other businesses in your area or in your industry
  • develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities
  • understand community demographics
  • survey locations for expansion
  • conduct competitive analysis
  • locate subject manager experts and professional services
  • source new employees
  • find investors, venture capitalists and angels
  • plan delivery routes and service areas

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