Research Guides

Building Lists of Businesses
Learn how to use our online resources to build lists of businesses for sales and marketing purposes.

Business Budgeting and Valuation
Discover how to create a budget for a new business and how to value an existing business if you are preparing to go public or for a merger or sale of your company.

Demographic and Market Research
How to use the Gale DemographicsNow database perform demographic research.

Business Planning Resources
An informative guide on how to leverage business planning resources.

Finding Funding
Whether you are looking for grants or private investors, we provide resources to help you find funding for your business.

Researching an Industry
A “how to” guide on using IBISWorld and EBSCO databases to research specific industries.

Researching a Company
This guide highlights frequently used sources for company research at the Hill Center.

Job Search Strategies
This guide highlights recommended sources for job searches.

Guide to New Product Development


We are in the process of renovating the James J. Hill Center to make the space more accessible to individuals with wheelchairs or limited mobility. This construction includes major renovation of our interior elevator. Due to this renovation, elevator access to the building and second floor for persons with accessibility constraints will be limited. A manual mobility Liftkar operated by a trained JJ Hill staff person will be available so that individuals in wheelchairs have access to our space. To schedule assistance before your visit, or if you have questions, please contact 651.265.5500. Unfortunately we are unable to transport electric scooters. Elevator construction will begin October 31, 2016 until completion in April, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience during this construction. Thank you for your understanding.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.