Business Accelerator Sourcing

EDWC’s Business Accelerator Tool utilizes GIS Planning’s SizeUp data engine to help you compare your business’s performance to that of other competitors while also gathering insightful customer, supplier and other market information. Business data used for EDWC’s Business Accelerator Tool comes from hundreds of data sources which are manually reviewed and maintained. These sources include:

  • IRS records
  • County courthouse filings
  • Yellow Pages & White Pages
  • Business publications
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Corporate annual reports

“The data is verified through over 25 million phone calls each year by third-party researchers and is constantly updated. This business data is similar to and includes the type of data use by the majority of Fortune 100 companies, the most used search engines, and even GPS-based auto navigation systems” per GIS Planning. (“Frequently Asked Questions,” 2014).

Demographic, labor force, consumer, education, innovation, occupation, transportation, environmental, incentive, and entrepreneurship data comes from a wide range of public and private data sources including, but not limited to:

  • U.S. Census
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Census Bureau estimates
  • Bureau of economic Analysis
  • Medicare statistics
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Federal Aviation Office
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • ZoomProspector.com
  • GIS Planning Inc.
  • Commercial data providers

Because much of the data provided by public sources is not updated frequently enough to make real-time business decisions (such as the US Census), data is projected to the present-year using proprietary methods. The methodology follows rigorous quantitative analysis standards which follow best practices in statistics, economics, demography, corporate site selection, and economic development. In addition, EDWC’s Business Accelerator tool uses GIS Planning’s proprietary methodology for analyzing information from all of the data sets.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data comes from a variety of sources. The base map data is provided through Google Maps and its data vendors. However, for business decision success, companies need a much higher level of geographic layers of data in order to foster better decision making and time-savings. EDWC’s Business Accelerator has access to this data through GIS Planning’s 14 years of client partnerships with state and local government economic development organizations across the United States. (“Frequently Asked Questions,” 2014).

Frequently Asked Questions – Where does the data come from?. (2014). SizeUp. Retrieved May 22, 2014 from http://www.sizeup.com/help/faq

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