Today from the SBA press office, they announced the availability of a new web tool that can help business owners with research and provide analytical data that can be used by the business to better compete and grow within their industry. This free new tool is called SizeUp, and provides business owners with an easy way to compare their business against other businesses within the same industry. The tool provides information in several ways: 1) it provides Benchmarking data so you can compare your operations to that of your competitors. 2) Competition Mapping allows you to use your zip code to identify your local competition. 3) Best places to advertise your business based on revenues of other similar businesses. Depending on how far you go with this tool, you may be required to sign-in to access all of it’s features. You can access this tool at www.sba.gov/tools/sizeup It is important to note that this service is being provided by SBA under a licensing agreement with GIS Planning, Inc. In that event it is no longer available through SBA, you may need to visit GIS Planning website.