Business and Grants

The Library offers small business and grants information in both an individual and group setting.

Starting a Business

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Business Plan Outline

Developing a business plan is the first step to starting your own small business.

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Library Resources

Get help with legal documents, employee training, and uncovering your customer demographics.

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Small Business Administration
Covers all aspects of small business including planning, financing, startup, management, and training.

IRS Business Page
Quick and comprehensive information for small businesses, including online EIN application and “Subscribe” link for IRS e-newsletter.

Fed BizOpps
Access point for contracting with the federal government.

International Trade Administration
Information about the import/export environment.

Ohio Secretary of State

Includes search for business names, applications for Ohio trademarks, and applications for forming corporations in Ohio.   
Ohio Department of Taxation

Ohio tax forms, laws and rulings, and online business filing.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business
The Entrepreneurship and Business Assistance Centers provide resources for starting or maintaining a small business in Ohio.
Ohio Development Services Agency Research
Data and analysis on the economic, industrial, demographic, and program trends of the state of Ohio.

General Information on Grants and Nonprofit Funding

A user-friendly website full of information about grant research, writing, sample documents like proposals and cover letters, and information about subject areas in grants, such as the arts, education, human services, and more.
Center for Nonprofit Resources
Classes, events, and local grant and nonprofit information.


Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
Listing of over 100,000 private foundations and corporations that give grants to nonprofits. This is available only at Main Library, Business Technology Department.
Foundation Center's Request for Proposals
Lists of requests for proposals from foundations and other organizations, broken down by subject areas.  You can also subscribe (for free) to have RFPs emailed directly to you.
Center for Nonprofit Resources 
Classes, events, and local grants and nonprofit information.

Website listing all the grants of the federal government, mostly for government agencies and nonprofits. Tips and Resources for Federal Grants
Find a listing of the 26 federal agencies and their resources. Click on the agency link to be directed to their resources.

Ohio Government Agencies
List of Ohio state agencies that have a website.  Some agencies list grant opportunities.


Listing of grants available from foundations for individuals for scholarships, research, the arts, etc. are available in the BTS Department at the Toledo Lucas County Public Main Library.
No Free Money
Listing of financial assistance available to individuals.
Free Money Ate My Brain
Blog entries on financial help for individuals.
Grants for Individuals, compiled by Michigan State University Libraries
This compilation focuses primarily on funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students, rather than funding for nonprofit organizations.
This federal website outlines what individuals may be eligible for from the federal government.
For help in finding grant opportunities email Linda Koss ( or call 419.259.5209

Business and Careers

Broker Check by FINRA

Broker Check can tell you if a broker or brokerage firm is registered, what has been disclosed to regulators, the broker's experience, and what a broker or brokerage firm is able to do.

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Business Source Premier

A complete resource for all aspects of business, including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more with full-text from over 2,200 journals.

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Fund Analyzer by FINRA

The Fund Analyzer offers information and analysis on over 18,000 mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs). It estimates the value of the funds and allows you to compare up to three funds. Note: you must accept the terms of use to use the tool.

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Gale Legal Forms

Provides convenient, authoritative means for understanding common legal procedures through access to attorney forms on a variety of topics.

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Gale Virtual Reference

24/7 access to hundreds of books and topics including art, biography, business, history, literature, medicine, and religion. Email, download, print, or save pages. App available.


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Investment Education

Provides the knowledge, skills, and tools for financial success created by the FINRA Foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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Learning Express Library

Online practice for ACT, SAT, and GED tests as well as additional educational tools for learning technical software like the Adobe Suite.

Access Now is an online learning site of over 3,000 courses that include more than 130,000 videos. The courses cover a variety of topics covering design, business, office software, and personal and professional goals. Certificates of completion can be printed and uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. iOS | Android

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Mergent WebReports

Access more than 300,000 documents covering over 50,000 global companies including company annual reports, prospectuses, and industry reports including some from the early 1900s.

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Find a stock or a fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.

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Available as part of Reference USA, OneSource provides in-depth information on nearly 50 million companies around the globe, including detailed financial information. This database is an excellent tool for researching large companies, their parent companies, and foreign subsidiaries. Industry financial profiles are provided by the Risk Management Association (RMA).

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Plunkett Research Online

Offers business intelligence, industry trends, market research, stats, leads, plus company contacts for over 30 different major industries and tips for job seekers.

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Professional Development Collection

This highly specialized collection features more than 500 full text education journals as well as indexes and abstracts for 750 journals.

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Reference USA

Contains detailed information on millions of companies located in the US and Canada as well as international companies in OneSource. It also includes job postings, US and Canadian White Pages, healthcare providers, and information on homeowners and lifestyles.

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Regional Business News

Full-text articles from 75 journals, newspapers, and newswires about businesses from across the United States.

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Value Line

Value Line is the uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives users the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

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Vocational & Career Collection(tm)

Designed for vocational and technical libraries, this database provides full text articles from more than 400 trade and industry related periodicals.

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Weiss Financial Rating Series

Find the safest bank or credit union in the area, compare insurance companies, select the best-performing stocks and mutual funds. Research tools to help consumers avoid unnecessary financial risks.

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