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:
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.