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Cruise Industry Statistics

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

We’re glad to hear the passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph are back on land.  Cruising is big business.  Did you know that the cruise line industry generated more than $40 billion in total economic activity to the US economy in 2011, creating 350,000 jobs, and that 20 million global passengers went on a cruise in 2011?  Check out market researchissues, and statistical reports  from the Cruise Lines International Association.

For additional information on the cruise industry, the BPL has a number of resources to help you learn even more:


Quick Tip: Search FY2013 Real Estate Assessments

Posted on February 1st, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources
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Property owners:  Concerned your property  tax might be higher than it should be?

Renters:  Concerned your rent might increase for your next rental period?

Check the assessment for your apartment, building, or property. Each year an assessor calculates the value of a property.  That value, along with the tax rate, determines the amount of taxes owed. Renters, your landlord may raise the rent if the property’s assessment value has increased significantly.

Are you concerned that your property may be overvalued relative to your neighbors? If  you think your property was valued too high, you may file for an abatement.  Learn how to do it here.

To view the assessment for your Boston property click here and follow these instructions:

  • Enter at least a street name in the search form. Hit Enter.
  • Find your building or unit in the search results
  • Click view details

The valuation history will be on the right hand side of the page.

  • At the bottom of the page click View Quarterly Tax Bill and Payment Information for this parcel for FY2012 and FY2013.

This will show you the total amount you or your landlord owes.


NOTE: If you rent, your apartment may have its own assessment.  For example, if you live in a multifamily home your apartment could be classified as a condo instead.  Likewise a multi-unit building  building may be assessed as one property rather than as multiple units.

Many cities and towns have their assessment information online.  Here are other tax assessor databases from towns in the area:


Ladies: Get extra support for your Small Biz from the Project Eve Community

Posted on January 24th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library
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Hey Ladies,

Looking to network with other female entrepreneurs?  Look no further than Project Eve.



The Project Eve community prides itself on promoting female entrepreneurship through mentoring and communication rather than swinging around “sharp elbows.” The goal is to provide a a nurturing atmosphere, where ladies can get practical advice and access to resources for starting their own businesses.  The 1,000 members who call themselves Eves and have access to:

  • Mentors
  • Forums
  • Directories
  • Job listings
  • Events
  • Tailored groups
  • Guest bloggers

Other nifty stuff

Project Eve has a local Boston group too which has 20 members. With the number of women who come into Kirstein it should be so much higher! Check it out Ladies.

Remember Ladies, and Gentlemen too, if you need help with your business we host SCORE mentors every Friday from 10-1.  Call 617-859-2142 to make an appointment or ask one of the library staff.

We have a variety of other business programs too.  Our popular Getting Started in Business Program is coming up on Jan 29.

Cheers Dears!

Foreign Exchange Rates – Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

When looking for historical foreign exchange rates try using the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System website.  This site offers daily,  monthly, and yearly rates for various countries.

  • G.5A Annual -  yearly average rates of exchange 2012-2009
  • G.5 Monthly – monthly average rates of exchange back to 1996
  • H.10 – daily rates back to July 1996
  • H.10 individual Country Data – daily rates back to January 1971

FRED – Federal Reserve Economic Data

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

If  you are looking for economic data, FRED is a great place to start.  Put out by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis,  it’s an online database consisting of more than 61,000 economic data time series from 48 national, international, public, and private sources.

A sampling of the types of data available:

This resource also offers a set of data tools that will enable you to create your own graphs, access archival data, and download data with an Excel Add-in.