Welcome to this tutorial on Bizminer!

This tutorial will show you:

  • How to access Bizminer
  • What kind of information is available
  • How to use the basic search features included in our subscription

To get started, from the Libraries A-Z List of Databases, select “Bizminer.”

Note: If you experience issues with this guide closing when you click on the database, try opening the guide in a separate window.

What kind of information is available?

Bizminer contains detailed industry analysis through its local and national marketing plan research profiles, financial analysis profiles, local business summaries, and state market index profiles.

Database Interface

The Bizminer interface is extremely simple and easy to use with a navigation menu on the far left of the screen, quick access buttons in the middle, and data update information and access to help articles across the top of the page.

Industry Financial Profile Search

  • Click “Start Researching” under the “Industry Financial Profile” section to set up the search.
  • Click on the “Select Industry” button to search for a specific industry or browse the list of available industries.

Example:

  • Search “athletic” and choose “Sporting & Athletic Goods Manufacturing.”

Above the search settings, you’ll see a summary of the results based on the selections made so far.

  • Click on “US” under “Market Area” and select “Indiana.”
  • Then choose “Small” under “Sales Class.”

You can also choose whether to view corporations and partnerships or sole proprietorships and look at 3 year or 5 year profiles.

For this example, we’ll leave these on the default selections.

Now that we’ve made our search selections, we can click “Access Now” to access the financial profile.

Results

The first page we see provides helpful information for new users about the data such as details about the Bizminer company, their methodology, quality control, glossary of terms, and data source information.

Using the menu on the left, we can access general information about the industry, look at financials such as income statement and balance sheet data, access financial ratios for cash flow and profitability, and view valuation data.

This data can be downloaded using the “Download PDF” or “Download CSV” buttons in the upper right corner.

Industry Market Profile Search

Return to the homepage by clicking on the Bizminer logo in the upper left corner.

  • Click on “Start Researching” under the “Industry Market Profile” section.
  • Search for “athletic” under “Industry” and choose “Sporting & Athletic Goods Manufacturing.”
  • Select “Indiana” under “Market Area” or narrow the market further by selecting a specify a metro area, county, or zip code.

Next, click on the “Access Now” button to look at the information for the 27 operations our search returned.

Please note that the data may take a few minutes to load.

Results

Once again, you can review the about information, and then use the menu on the left to navigate through the different areas of this report.

For example, you can view competitors, market info, annual sales, and demographics among several others.

As before, download information can be found in the upper right corner of the screen.

Company Profile Search

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to navigate to the Company Profile search page.

With this simple search, you can search for a company name and select a state.

Search “sporting goods” under Company Name and choose “Indiana” under State.

This should give you a list of sporting goods companies in the state.

Results

To see details for a specific company, select the “Access Now” button next to that company.

You can use the star icon to favorite individual companies and then view just your list of favorites by clicking on the “Favorite Companies” link in the upper right corner.

Once you’ve opened the profile for a specific company you can view contact information and various other company details.

From the menu on the left, you can access Bizminer insights which includes industry financial insights, company value insights, as well as industry market insights.

And again, download options can be found in the upper right corner of the screen.

What have you learned?

Now you know how to access Bizminer, what kind of information is available, and how to use the basic search features included in our subscription.

Thank you for using this tutorial!

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact parrlib@purdue.edu.