Use the following resources for finding information on your industry, competitors, and competing products. You'll need this kind of information for describing your new business venture, as well as for writing your marketing plan.
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U.S. Census Bureau Economic Census
Use the "Industry/Local Business Statistics" tab and go to "Industry Snapshots" which provide detailed industry info, along with figures on employee salaries and number of establishments, all based on census data. Watch a video on how to do this here.
U.S. Census Bureau County Business Patterns
This division of the Census Bureau will help you determine number of establishments and some approximate salaries for the county in which you plan to locate your business.