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Proxy Statement is a monthly email newsletter providing you timely updates on UConn library resources. I also pick out news & data sources that can allow you to make informed decisions about your teaching & research – just like the SEC document it is named after.

I've been writing one since I was a business librarian at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and again at New York University Shanghai. I've been told it's 'relevant', 'engaging', and 'a joy to read'. You can unsubscribe at any time – though nobody has. You’ll see this email once a month at the most.

Who am I? I'm your Business & Entrepreneurship Librarian at the UConn Library, and I started in March. My relocation to Connecticut has been delayed by the pandemic, so I am based in Singapore for the time being. Drop me an email or schedule a virtual meet-up with me.

 Updates on Subscribed Resources 

🆕 Academic Video Online has 900+ videos in business. The majority were released in the last 10 years and published by Bloomberg L.P. Use the filter to explore what interests you!

China now has the most number of companies represented in the latest Fortune's 2020 Global 500 list: 124, more than the 121 U.S. companies. Also, this means it has more companies on the list than Britain, France, Germany combined – 80 companies. The Global 500 is a ranking of the largest corporations worldwide. Access the Aug/Sep issue via Business Source Complete.

You might have read the news that Google is supporting Black business owners by allowing this business label to be added to their listings. PrivCo has also introduced new keywords in their Advanced Search: 

  • Minority-led – 1,100+ results
  • Women-led – 10,000+ results 
  • LGBTQ-led – 250+ results
  • Family-owned – 600+ results
  • B Corporation – 290+ results

graphic of keywords, they read minority-led, women-led, LGBTQ-led, family-owned, and b corporation

It’s a work-in-progress: there are about 99 results from Connecticut. 

Remember: PrivCo captures US private companies that have at least $1m in revenue or funding, so it is not an exhaustive list.

PrivCo also teamed up with Inc. to create a list of the 1,000 biggest and brightest American companies that have stayed private. Three companies from Connecticut make the list:

  • Butterfly Network, operates in the health care products industry (Guilford)
  • Rhone Apparel, produces and sells men's activewear (Stamford)
  • Thames Valley Alternative Relief, operates as a retailer of marijuana (Uncasville)

The COVID-19 coverage – many of our market research databases have a dedicated section or category on the pandemic:

 On the WWW 

The China Footprint is a digital project by MacroPolo, an in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute in Chicago. It tracks Chinese consumption and investment on American soil over the past ten years. Their data sources & methodology is worth a closer look.

BankFind Suite allows you to search the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s extensive data records. Locate current and former FDIC-insured banking institutions by name, FDIC certificate number, website and/or by location. Find annual historical bank data, and a complete look at bank failures and assistance transactions of FDIC-insured institutions from 1934 to the present.

A database of 8,595 CT businesses that received PPP loans over $15,000 from the federal government, how much they received, and jobs retained, via Hartford Courant. Download loan data of 52,000+ CT businesses with PPP loans under $150,000 from U.S. Small Business Administration.

 Data Sources As Seen Elsewhere 

WIPO Global Brand Database has 42m+ records on trademark applications from 55 national and international collections. Mentioned in Slutzky, P. (2020). The hidden costs of being public: Evidence from multinational firms operating in an emerging market. Journal of Financial Economics.

Using restatements classified by Audit Analytics as resulting from fraud or an SEC investigation to be intentional misrepresentations. Mentioned in Samuels, D., Taylor, D. J., & Verrecchia, R. E. (2020). The economics of misreporting and the role of public scrutiny. Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Burning Glass Technologies has made their aggregated job postings data publicly available, to enable research on how COVID-19 has impacted six job markets (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Download the full data file (zip) and read me (txt). Their Labor Insights data has been cited in The Review of Financial Studies.


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