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 Investments

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

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Features: eMagazines are available instantly, no waiting

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Fund Analyzer by FINRA

Features information and analysis on over 18,000 mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs). Estimates the value of the funds and allows users to compare up to three funds. Note: users must accept the terms of use to use the tool.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

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 needed for financial success created by the FINRA Foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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Offers more than 3,000 courses that include more than 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including design, business, office software and personal and professional goals. Certificates of completion can be printed our and/or uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. iOS | Android

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Mergent Archives

Features a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents. Contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries and offers a reliable and easy to navigate system designed to meet users' historical research needs. 

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Mergent Intellect

Search available jobs with more than 20 million employers throughout North America, research industry reports, look up census and consumer data, and find useful help and how-to guides.

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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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NuWAV Legal Forms

Browse, access and/or create legal documents for power of attorney, wills, immigration, divorce, healthcare planning, adoption, bankruptcy, public information, leases, and more.

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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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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 U.S. and Canada as well as international companies in OneSource. It also includes job postings, U.S. and Canadian White Pages, healthcare providers and information on homeowners and lifestyles.

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Regional Business News

Contains full-text articles from 75 journals, newspapers and newswires about businesses from across the U.S.

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Small Business Builder

Get a step-by-step guide to creating and completing a business plan. Explore entrepreneurial interests and opportunities, learn about the nonprofit sector and how to grow and position your business for long-term success and more.

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Small Business Reference Center

Watch videos and browse sources on a variety of business areas from accounting to marketing to operations. Get industry information by small business type and learn business basics.

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Value Line

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.

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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

Being Linked-In Rocks!

Monday Jul. 16
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Holland

Your business can use this power to show employee appreciation, attract new talent, and gain clients. Pauline W. Glaza, owner of Enhanced Publications, has been helping individuals and firms optimize their LinkedIn presence for 7+ years. Bring your lunch and join us to learn how a LinkedIn Company Page can help you educate potential customers on your products/services, promote career...

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Small Business Resource Day

Tuesday Jul. 24
at 3:30 p.m.

Location: Main Library

The Small Business Resource Days feature a Small Business Resource Center, including representatives from financial institutions and community partners available to meet one-on-one with current and aspiring entrepreneurs, introducing and explaining the various programs and services available to help them achieve their small business.

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Business Boost

Tuesday Jul. 31
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: King Road

The Library has electronic databases that 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.