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Apparel, Merchandising and Design (AMD) Research Guide

This is a program-specific guide for Apparel, Merchandising and Design

Trade & Industry Statistics

Starting a Business

"Melissa Hall’s The Emerging Designer was created to showcase emerging talent, provide access to marketing know-how, and promote career development and networking opportunities. The site includes announcements of open calls, job openings, reviews of educational opportunities, articles on marketing and social media skills, and news from around the fashion industries. "

"This consulting company helps designers set up shop. Their services or white papers aren’t free, but their blog, Two Seasons, is rich with advice and case studies on marketing, branding, buying and selling, e-commerce, manufacturing and more."

About These Resources

Many of these resources are available through subscription via ISU libraries. But there are also some that are not subscription-based. A number of them can serve purposes beyond the narrow categorization under which they have been placed here. Since there are significant overlaps among some of them, you should use them liberally.

Company Information

Market Analysis

Longitudinal Employer Dynamics - Data Tools

Census Bureau's Data Center for local employment information. Reports can be made for states and counties. Components parts of LED are listed below:

Select and find out about NAICS-based or SIC-based Quarterly Workforce Indicators by state, geographic grouping, industry, year and quarter, sex, age group, and ownership. Also includes net job gains and losses from 2007Q4 onward.

An online mapping and reporting application showing where workers are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups.

2017 NAICS Manual

Industry Search

Government Sites

From here you can pull demographic data for any county or city in Iowa.

This site provides access to population, housing, business and government statistics in Iowa.

STAT-USA ceased operation in 2010, but links to the information in STAT-USA can be found in this guide.

Contains data on industry profiles and industry forecasts, among other resources.

SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the nation. It was also aimed at helping Americans start, build and grow their businesses.

Provides access to daily releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Census Bureau.

Can be used to find Securities & Exchange Commission filings of various companies.

Is a U.S. government-wide program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce.