Business and Grants

Find books, materials and resources that can help you grow your business or secure grant funding.

Starting a Business

Follow 10 simple steps on how to start a small business. We are here to guide you along the way.

10 Simple Steps

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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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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D&B Business Browser

Consolidated company profiles to provide you with a deeper understanding of a company’s business focus, history, competition, strengths, weaknesses, executives and news coverage. 

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Digital Learn

If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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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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Over 25 million free-to-read magazines and product catalogs from around the world. Some magazines are available in other languages including Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. iOS | Android

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Learning Express Library

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep and more.

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 Archives

Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents. The database contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries. Mergent Archives uses a reliable and easy to navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs. 

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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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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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Formats: eMagazines

Features: No checkout time limit, no limit to checkouts, no waiting, previous issues available

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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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Looking for local help beyond our services and resources? Here are some local organizations who provide support services and networking opportunities for small businesses:  

Arts Commission
Assets Toledo
Center for Innovative Food Technology
Minority Business Assistance Center

Northwest Ohio SCORE

NextTech Toledo
Toledo Small Business Development Center
Women’s Entrepreneurial Network  


Thinking bigger? If you’re ready to move your business beyond its local reach, check out these state and federal business resources:  

Ohio Secretary of State
Ohio Department of Taxation

Starting a Business in Ohio
Entrepreneurship and Small Business  

Small Business Administration
IRS Business Page
Fed BizOpps
International Trade Administration

FOL Book Sale

Tuesday May. 22
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Location: West Toledo

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Wednesday May. 23
All Day

Location: West Toledo

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Business Boost

Wednesday May. 23
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

The Library has electronic databases than an owner can use to build targeted lists of prospective customers and that can help businesses learn how their competitive peers are performing. Using American Business/Reference USA/One Source either at the Library or from your office or home, business owners can get valuable information quickly. You are welcome to bring along your mobile device...

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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.