Find Information for Small Business

The State Library of Western Australia provides access to print and electronic resources which can assist you in starting and running your small business.  Planning, benchmarking, statistical, market research and management information can be obtained from a variety of sources.

The following resources give you a good place to start your research.

  • Business Start-Up  and Benchmarking Guides
    These guides comprehensively cover the basics of establishing or benchmarking over 100 small businesses.  Samples of businesses considered by these guides include: arts and crafts, baking and patisserie, car detailing, carpet cleaning, desktop publishing and lawn-mowing.  Types of areas covered in each guide include: identifying your customers, market research, price strategies, record keeping and taxation, and writing a business plan.

  • Australian Taxation Office Small Business Benchmarks
    These benchmarks provide a snapshot of how businesses in an industry are performing on average. Wide coverage includes: building and construction, education training and recreation and support services, food services, healthcare and personal services, manufacturing, professional scientific and technical services, retail, transport postal and warehousing and various others.

  • CCH Business Benchmarks Classic for Accountants
    Provides financial profiles of Australian small businesses and professional practices.  Covers an extensive range of sectors.

  • WASB2 Western Australian Small Business Benchmarks
    Developed by Curtin University, WASB2 is a new online benchmarking tool which will help small businesses to confidentially compare their performance with other similar businesses.

Keyword search our catalogue or try some of these subject search terms from the list below:

  • Benchmarking (Management)
  • Business Planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Franchises
  • Home Based Businesses
  • Marketing Research
  • Small Business
  • Success in Business

Magazines and Newspapers


Our Guide to Standards provides information on standards publications held in the State Library.

Electronic Resources

There are a number of Electronic Resources available for business research in the State Library. Search results from these resources may be printed; downloaded to a thumb drive or CD-ROM;  or emailed your own computer (subject to the licence agreements and software functionality of individual databases). 

Our eresources for State Library members service provides access to resources that can help you with business research.  All you need is your State Library membership card number and you can begin accessing a world of information from your home computer. 

The IBISWorld database offers a collection of industry market research, industry risk ratings and company research. This source of Australian business information provides independent and accurate research on over 500 industries and Australia's top 2000 companies.
Access: available at the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) and with SLWA membership from your own computer.

Internet sources

  •  Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)  - The ABS website includes all current Census data and other ABS publications avaiable over the net at no charge.  The National Information and Referral Service will help you find published data on the website or advise if the ABS can provide it for a fee.  Print and microform editions of selected ABS publications are available at the State Library as part of the ABS's Library Extention Programme.
  • AusIndustry Government agency supporting business development and innovation.
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission  Information for small businesses including industry codes of conduct
  • Australian Tax Office  "For Business" gateway. Includes small business benchmarks. 
  • business gateway to government information and services. Includes information on grants available to small business.
  • Business Growth Centre formerly the Small Business Training Institute. Offers advice and training to all small business owners and managers. 
  • Catapult An ABC site looking to inspire young Australians to take their innovation and turn it into a business.
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia An independent, non-profit organisation representing Western Australian business.
  • Department of Commerce  The Western Australian government department that provides advice and information on consumer and employment matters.
  • Department of Industry and Resources  The Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources is the lead economic development agency in Western Australia. The Department facilitates business in Western Australia by providing services to the mineral and petroleum sector, investment services, business and trade services and state development strategies.
  • Innovation Gateway Western Australia Gateway providing infrastructure and services to support emerging innovative enterprises.
  • Office of State Revenue  Information on State taxes including Land Tax, Payroll Tax and Duties (formerly Stamp Duty)
  • Small Business Development Corporation  Small business information and training agency.  A range of services are offered to assist small business.
  • Small Business Centres (formerly BECs) Small Business Centres are located in city and country areas of Western Australia to assist you to expand your existing business or explore new business ideas.  A management committee with representatives from business, private sector organisations and local government, support a full time manager who will work with you to achieve your goals.
  • Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand  (SEAANZ) The objective of the Association is to advance the development and understanding of small enterprise. 
  • Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) Western Australian local governments are good sources of information on local business topics.  WALGA is the peak organisation for local government in Western Australia. Its web site links to local government and regional organisations.


  • Telstra & Australian Governments' Small Business Awards Australia's premier small business awards, providing a showcase for outstanding small businesses in four size categories and with an overall winner drawn from finalists in each category.
  • Telstra Business Women's Awards These awards bring outstanding small businesses owned or operated by women entrepreneurs to the attention of the wider business community, creating further business opportunities and confidence in those who enter.  Winners provide other emerging small businesses with examples of excellence to use as role models as they work to establish their own place in the competitive small business sector.
  • Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards The Australia Post Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards were established in 2003 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of regional small businesses. These awards showcase small business operators who demonstrate that success has no boundaries.


  • Business Planner WA Business News offers a guide to forthcoming business events with a searchable calendar.
  • Online Events The official Internet calendar of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australia.  Free access to the next 30 days listings. Full access requires a paid subscription.


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