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  • Welcome to the BusinessUSA Developer Resources Page

    Overview

    In this section of the site, BusinessUSA gives software developers access to authoritative information on US programs, events, services and more via standard APIs.

    The data accessible here is targeted at helping small businesses become informed of the various different resources that are offered to help them grow and expand. We encourage you to explore our data and integrate them into your application and mash-ups to help US small business owners gain access to the resources they need.

    Additionally, you can learn more about BusinessUSA's APIs, the external data sources we use from other government agencies, as well as what else is possible with our resources.

    Program API

    About this API
    The Programs API provides data on the different programs that users can access through BusinessUSA. The programs shown on BusinessUSA serve entrepreneurs, veterans, minorities, and numerous other types of users.
    Resource URL
    http://business.usa.gov/api/program/[ReturnType]?page=[PageNumber]
    Return Types: CSV, XML
    Program API Return Values
    • Field Description
    • title Name of the given program
    • eligibility Program eligibility
    • learn_more_url A link to an external site that contains more information about this program
    • organization The organization this program is associated with
    • poc_name The name of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_organization The Organization the Point of Contact is associated with
    • poc_email The E-Mail address of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_phone_no Phone number to the associated Point of Contact

    Events API

    About this API
    The Events API provides data on the events that users can view on BusinessUSA. These events cover a wide variety of different subjects related to starting and managing a business.
    Resource URL
    http://business.usa.gov/api/event/[ReturnType]?page=[PageNumber]
    Return Types: CSV, XML
    Events API Return Values
    • Field Description
    • title Name of the given event
    • event_start_date The start date and time for this event
    • event_end_date The end date and time
    • detail_description Description for this event
    • link_to_register_url A link to the site in which one must go to in order to register for this event
    • address_line_1 Street address for this event
    • address_line_2 Additional address information
    • city The city in which this event resides within
    • state The state this event resides within
    • zip_code The ZipCode this event resides within
    • organization Associated organization to this event
    • poc_name The name of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_email The E-Mail address of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_phone_no Phone number to the associated Point of Contact
    • learn_more_url A link to an external website in which one can obtain more information about this event

    Services API

    About this API
    The Services API provides data on the services that users can access on BusinessUSA. These services can be utilized by prospective or current owners and can prove integral to running successful business.
    Resource URL
    http://business.usa.gov/api/service/[ReturnType]?page=[PageNumber]
    Return Types: CSV, XML
    Services API Return Values
    • Field Description
    • title Name of the given service
    • detail_description Description for this service
    • eligibility Services Eligibility
    • organization Organization associated with the respective service
    • poc_name The name of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_organization Organization of the Point of Contact
    • poc_phone_no Phone number of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_email The Email Address of the associated Point of Contact
    • learn_more_url A link to an external website in which one can obtain more information about this service.

    Success Stories API

    About this API
    The Success Stories API provides a listing of all the success stories featured on BusinessUSA. The Success Stories detail personal stories of business owners and their achievements using the many resources BusinessUSA users can connect to.
    Resource URL
    http://business.usa.gov/api/ss/[ReturnType]?page=[PageNumber]
    Return Types: CSV, XML
    Success Stories API Return Values
    • Field Description
    • title Name of the given success story
    • detailed_text The contents of this success story
    • publish_date The date in which this success story was published
    • topic The associated topic to this success story
    • learn_more_url A link to an external site in which a user can learn more about this success story

    Articles API

    About this API
    The Articles API provides data for all the articles available for users on BusinessUSA. The articles featured cover a wide variety of topics and news in the business world.
    Resource URL
    http://business.usa.gov/api/article/[ReturnType]?page=[PageNumber]
    Return Types: CSV, XML
    Articles API Return Values
    • Field Description
    • title Name of the given articles
    • learn_more_url A link to an external website in which one can obtain more information about this article.
    • publish_date Date that the respective article was published.
    • detailed_text Text within the respective article
    • topic Subject matter of the respective article.

    Data API

    About this API
    The Data API provides information on all the different data assets users can access on BusinessUSA. The data featured on BusinessUSA can be a critical resource for business owners to become well versed in their respective industry.
    Resource URL
    http://business.usa.gov/api/data/[ReturnType]?page=[PageNumber]
    Return Types: CSV, XML
    Data API Return Values
    • Field Description
    • title Name of the given data item
    • detail_description Information on the respective data
    • eligibility Data Eligibility
    • organization Organization owner of the data
    • poc_email The Email Address of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_name The name of the associated Point of Contact
    • poc_organization Organization of the Point of Contact
    • poc_phone_no Telephone number of the Point of Contact
    • learn_more_url A link to an external website in which one can obtain more information about this article.

    Tools API

    About this API
    The Tools API provides information on all the tools featured on BusinessUSA. The Tools that are accessible through BusinessUSA can assist business owners in their understanding of demographics, markets, and more.
    Resource URL
    http://business.usa.gov/api/tools/[ReturnType]?page=[PageNumber]
    Return Types: CSV, XML
    Tools API Return Values
    • Field Description
    • title Name of the given tool
    • organization Organization who owns the respective tool.
    • learn_more_url A link to an external website in which one can obtain more information about the respective tool.
    • detailed_text Text describing the respective tool.

    About our APIs

    In partnership with various government agencies, BusinessUSA's APIs provide data intended for public use and dissemination. The data that can be downloaded using our APIs can be incredibly useful for developers looking to obtain data about specific topics, organizations, etc. and incorporating that data into other forums for business owners. Developers who work with, or are, small business owners will find this data particularly useful as it originates from authoritative, federal government sources.

    The APIs also conform to President Obama's Open Data Policy that advances the management of Government information as an asset. The policy directs agencies to "Collect or create information in a way that supports downstream information processing and dissemination activities," which has four requirements:

    1. Use machine-readable and open formats
    2. Use data standards
    3. Ensure information stewardship through the use of open licenses
    4. Use common core and extensible metadata

    About our External Data Sources

    BusinessUSA pulls its content from external data sources that a wide range of government agencies maintain, in order to provide the most current and relevant information for our users. Navigating the business landscape in the information age can prove difficult when considering how much content is out there, as well as where to find it. BusinessUSA provides a centralized location for this content, and gives users the ability to seek out resources that fit their business needs.

    In accordance with that purpose, where we obtain our content from is as important as the content itself. The government agencies we cultivate our content from are trusted experts in their related fields and the resources they provide are essential to the different aspects of owning a business. BusinessUSA pulls content from the following agencies
    • FBO.gov
    • Grants.gov
    • Challenges.gov
    • OSTI.gov
    • SBIR.gov
    • WhiteHouse.gov
    • Trade.gov
    • SBA.gov
    • Export.gov
    • Commerce.gov
    • CareerOneStop.org
    • FEMA.gov
    • CDC.gov
    • CFDA.gov
    • USCIS.gov
    • Regulations.gov
    For a more in depth review of these data sources, please visit the detailed External Data Sources page - Learn More

    What's Possible

    BusinessUSA APIs generally have a large number of fields that can be sorted and filtered in any number of ways, allowing for maximum customizability and allowing API users to drill down to the results they need. Considering the amount of data that is available on BusinessUSA, being able to access the data we have in this manner can help users unearth data pertaining to a certain type of event, find programs/services for a certain eligibility, or gather all data that relates to a specific topic you have in mind.

    For a more in-depth developer resource, please visit our Github repository. There you will find the architectural code for BusinessUSA as part of our open source initiative. We encourage users to view our code and be active in giving us feedback, to help us improve in order to better serve you.