Research those good ideas and make sure they'll work!
Industry surveys break down current trends, profitability, costs, competition and consumer preferences in an industry. Sometimes called market research.
First Research - A great one stop location for industry surveys and analysis.
IBIS World - Lots of industry surveys - check it out!
Marketline Advantage - Features detailed, comprehensive industry research reports
ABI Inform (click data and reports tab at top)
hint: Competitive Strategy - Michael Porter's crucial book will teach you how to understand the state of your industry and your competition. The building blocks for your plan. An earlier edition is here.
Business Source – from the main page, scroll down and choose SWOT analyses on the right side and search your company
Marketline Advantage - Type in your company name, get results and then select SWOT on the right side of the screen.
ABI Inform (keyword search your company and the word SWOT)
Looking for a summary of a company's business strategy? The 10-K annual report form is one possible source (available on the company's internet site, through the SEC's Edgar database
This material usually comes in their business description, which is Part 1 of a standard 10-K format and early in the doc. You may also do a CTRL-F word find for keywords.
Sure, you know how to find raw financial numbers but what if you need help figuring out what they actually mean?
There are a lot of helpful books for that.
They are located on the fifth floor:
Browse the HG4028.B area here (includes e-books)
Also helpful: Corporations - valuation
There are also a lot of books on recognizing fraud, such as the wonderfully named Financial Shenigans (e book included in link)
Bonus: You can keyword search for books that address specific issues to an industry, such as how to analyze oil companies.