Federal sites score with business magazine

Federal sites score with business magazine

The Census Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission led a list of seven federal Web sites included in Entrepreneur Magazine's '100 Best Web Sites for Small Business.' The list appears in the April issue of the magazine and online at www.entrepreneur.com/Home/HM_Static/1,1845,dbapp_bestsites_index,00.html.

Among the features on the Census Bureau's site is its detailed American Fact Finder search.

SEC's site offers free perusal of its EDGAR database, along with a tutorial on how to search it.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics site provides economic data by region, state or metropolitan area.

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The magazine ranked sites on a scale of zero to 10 and included both domestic and foreign sites. Census (www.census.gov) and SEC (www.sec.gov) both scored 5.0, the highest scores among government sites.

The magazine called Census' site 'a treasure chest of demographic and statistical info on the nation,' and lauded SEC for allowing free searches of its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system.

Also listed were the sites of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats.bls.gov), Small Business Administration (www.sbaonline.sba.gov), , IRS (www.irs.gov) and Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov), and the FirstGov portal (www.firstgov.gov).

'Kevin McCaney

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