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Call for collaborators: UConn Archives building a collection relating to small businesses in Connecticut

UConn Archives & Special Collections is planning to collect original sources from active small businesses in Connecticut to serve as a resource for students and faculty and to make accessible via the Connecticut Digital Archive. These resources will serve as examples of how companies were formed, evolved and struggled through economic downturns and phenomena such as a global pandemic.

The collection is likely to include posters, fliers, newsletters, annual reports, marketing videos, advertising, social media as well as newspapers, state and regional magazines, commercials; price lists, menus, and other items that give a full picture of the products and services of the business. Items can be digital and physical formats.

At this preliminary stage, we are seeking to find collaborators from instructors in UConn who are keen to use this local small business collection in their teaching. If you or your team is keen on using this collection, we want to know about it! 

Please write to Laura Smith, our UConn Archivist (Archival Reference & Outreach; Business & Labor History & Railroad Collections) & me, your business librarian.

 Updates on Subscribed Resources 

Need the list of business databases available at UConn on hand? Bookmark ⭐

Future of Journal Subscriptions at UConn: you may recall seeing a committee opportunity announced by Provost Lejuez back in October to look into the journals’ skyrocketing costs. The Committee has begun to develop a strategic approach to how we can most effectively continue to maintain access to the full range of scholarly research. Stay updated and see who’s on the committee.

Are you or your students using RefWorks? The October release includes new accessibility resources that meet Level AA of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) and Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. Their 2021 roadmap includes an updated Google Docs add-on. For more details, see their November quarterly update webinar slides.

Audit Analytics published a report on the audit and non-audit fees paid and disclosed by accelerated and large accelerated filers over eighteen years (2002–2019). Complete this form to download the report.

Gartner has a “Cool Vendors in Food Retail” report. It describes five new vendors – Bringg, Hypersonix, Infarm, Spoon Guru, & Tastry – that are using AI and machine learning technologies to forecast demand more accurately and optimize delivery & logistical operations.

PrivCo has just launched a series of research reports. Download the Q4 2020 report on the future of the health and fitness industry.

 On the WWW 

Report from Bureau Van Dijk (A Moody Analytics Company) detailing North America M&A activity for October 2020. It focuses on deal activity by the target company. Download the data from Zephyr in Excel.

Report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Survey of Household Use of Banking and Financial Services (in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau). Read the executive summary & full report—download data & documentation.

The 2020 PSC (Partnership for Strong Communities) Housing Data Profiles are now available. They offer data on various housing metrics across Connecticut, such as housing stock, income, race, the age distribution of residents, housing characteristics, housing costs and affordability, housing production, and affordable units.

Spotify is testing out podcast-only subscription offers. The US premium podcast market is unproven, but it’s a different story in China, with an estimated $3.8B in market revenue.

Are you one of the 2.5M subscribers to Morning Brew, a daily email newsletter on business, tech, & finance? According to a WSJ article, Insider Inc. (which owns Business Insider & eMarketer) is looking to acquire a controlling stake. That’s a $75M valuation for a startup founded by two UMich Ross School of Business alumni. (In contrast, this newsletter has about 200 subscribers!)

 Data Sources As Seen Elsewhere 

VMLY&R claims its BrandAsset® Valuator (BAV) Database is the largest brand database in the world. They are happy to partner with academic researchers. Their data pull is estimated to cost you $2,000–4,000. Students can ask for a fee waiver; for example, they can provide Brand Equity data and Brand Imagery Data for one year at no cost! Be prepared to sign an NDA and a Scope of Work if your request is approved. The output is in Excel format. The entire process can take up to 2-3 months, so fill up the short request form early. Mentioned in Datta, Ailawadi, & van Heerde (2017), How Well Does Consumer-Based Brand Equity Align with Sales-Based Brand Equity and Marketing-Mix Response?, Journal of Marketing.

IRI Academic Data contains (a) 11 years of weekly store data (2001-2011) for chain grocery and drug stores in 47 markets; (b) store-week-UPC level for 30 large CPG categories in 47 markets; (c) panel data for two BehaviorScan markets (11 years, same categories); (d) TNS advertising data for two categories for some early years. They charge $1,000 and ship a 350GB USB drive containing the data to you. Mentioned in Bronnenberg, Kruger, & Mela (2008), Database Paper—The IRI Marketing Data Set, Marketing Science.

Yelp Open Dataset is a subset of their businesses, reviews, and user data for academic research. It was initially put together for the Yelp Dataset Challenge. You’ll find information about companies across ten metropolitan areas in Canada & the US in the dataset. Available as JSON files.


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