BizMiner

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This tutorial will present several basic features of BizMiner to assist you in locating company information and generating relevant reports.

BizMiner is a comprehensive business database that contains many resources to assist you in your analysis and financial reporting.

 Let's get started and have some fun!!!

 

Use the arrows below to navigate through this tutorial.

BizMiner Introduction

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On the right side of the screen you should see the BizMiner search interface.  (You can always access this database through Blackboard or from the UA Libraries homepage.)

Take a look at the homepage and the top blue menu bar. It offers six headings and five pull down menus:

  • Home
  • Industry Search
  • Our Products 
  • Subscriptions 
  • Resources 
  • About BizMiner

Helpful Hint

When using a database for the first time wander about the pull down menus.  For example take a look at BizMiner's Our Products  and Resources.  Lots of helpful information available once you know where to find it.

BizMiner Introduction

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BizMiner would be a helpful database if you were looking for what type of information? Select the best answer.

Searching with NAICS Codes

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Your Drill Down Challenge:

Identify software publishers in the Phoenix metro area. 

  • ClickIndustry reports
  • Search the NAICS Code 511210.
  • Click the first blue Show Industry Reports button
 
 

Searching with NAICS Codes

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Under Industry Financial Profiles select the following:

  •  (5 yr. report)
  •  Area: Phoenix-Mesa, AZ from the drop-down menu
  •  Sales class: $1m - 2.49m

Click Access Now

Searching with NAICS Codes

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Review the report by selecting HTML. This will open in a new tab or window. Switch back to this tab to continue the tutorial.

(Tip: To print a report, select PDF).

Note the Contents subheadings that divides your report into different areas.  

Scan the report, make sure to look all the way to the bottom.

How many firms were analyzed in 2012?

 

Searching with NAICS Codes

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Where did BizMiner obtain most of their data for this report? (You may need to scroll down to the About the Data section to answer this question.)

Searching by Key Words

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Another way to search for information is by using keywords.

  • Return to the BizMiner Industry Reports Search Tools by clicking the back arrow on your browser twice.
  • This time search the keyword, software.
  • Locate this report: Software Publishers - [511210] Sector: Information
  • Click Show Industry Reports

Searching by Key Words

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Under the Industry Financial Profiles, select the following:

  • (5 yr report)
  • Area: San Francisco, CA
  • Sales Class: $1m - $2.49m

Click Access Now

Searching by Key Words

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Review the report by selecting HTML.

Review your report and answer the below questions.

What year were most San Francisco, CA software publishing firms analyzed? (hint: look to your right towards the top of your report)


After 2011 are average annual sales increasing or decreasing in this industry?

Industry Financial Ratios - Start-ups and Micro Reporting

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Return to the Software Publishers [5112] page by clicking the back arrow on your browser once.

This time you are interested in Micro Firm Profit-Loss Reports (5yr. report).

  • In the Select a version drop-down menu, select  start ups (133 firms) end-year avg. 1.6 mil.
  • Click Access Now. 

Review the report by selecting HTML.

Industry Financial Ratios - Start-ups and Micro Reporting

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Review the Contents subheadings and notice that this report includes slightly different content areas than your previous report.

In the Income-Expense statement - dollar-based section of the sheet, what was the Inventory (% Revenue) for the firms in 2011?

Competitive Market Analyzer

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The competitive market analyzer reports will give you an idea about the competition in a specific geographic location.  

In the left side menu, enter the NAICS code 334118 and click Go

Industry search

Competitive Market Analyzer

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You will see links for four reports. Click the first Show Industry Reports button:

Industry reports

  • Under Competitive Market Analyzer area, click Select a Market Area

 

Competitive Market Analyzer

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  • Select Arizona as the Metro Market, then click Next
  • Set the sales class to 241 firms.
  • Click the next button
  • Now select the Small Businesses option
  • Click Access Now

Now review the report by selecting HTML.

Competitive Market Analyzer

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In the Industry Market Size and Market Share (Projections) section of the report, what was the annual sales?

In the Competitive Summary section of the report, what was the cessation rate in this market compared to the national average for this industry?

 

 

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