Business and Grants
Library Resources for Small Business
Maybe you want to follow your life's passion. Maybe you see a business need in your community. Your Library is here to help! Our expert staff is ready to meet with you one-on-one to help you:
- Learn about the business you're interested in
- Know your competition
- Define your overall goals
- Create a business plan and more!
We also have dozens of great business databases and materials below that you can access for FREE with your Library card. Need help getting started? Email our Business Department team or give them a call - They will be stationed at Heatherdowns during Main Library's renovation.
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.
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.
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.
Features: eMagazines are available instantly, no waiting
Fund Analyzer by FINRA
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.
Provides the knowledge, skills and tools needed for financial success created by the FINRA Foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
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.
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.
Find a stock or a fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.
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.
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.Access Now
Features: No checkout time limit, no limit to checkouts, no waiting, previous issues available
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.
Regional Business News
Contains full-text articles from 75 journals, newspapers and newswires about businesses from across the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.Access Now
Saturday Sep. 29
Location: King Road
at 2:00 p.m.
With more than 450 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. It's time to get comfortable with it!Event Details
Learning with Lynda
Tuesday Nov. 6
Location: King Road
at 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to access more than 3,000 free courses on a variety of topics covering design, business, office software and personal and professional goals.Event Details
Wednesday Nov. 14
at 1:30 p.m.
Businesses need an edge over their competition and the owner who works smarter is often the one who gets ahead.Event Details
External Business Resources
LOCAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Looking for local help beyond our services and resources? Here are some local organizations who provide support services and networking opportunities for small businesses:
Center for Innovative Food Technology
Minority Business Assistance Center
Northwest Ohio SCORE
Toledo Small Business Development Center
Women of Toledo
Women’s Entrepreneurial Network
STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES
Thinking bigger? If you’re ready to move your business beyond its local reach, check out these state and federal business resources:
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.