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Small Business Resources

Maybe you want to follow your life's passion. Maybe you see a business need in your community. 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!

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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 at 419.259.5214 - They will be stationed at Heatherdowns during Main Library's renovation.

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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 Hoovers

Designed to help companies gain a deeper understanding of their market opportunities so they can make more informed decisions, stay ahead of the competition and close more deals by combining and analyzing data from a wide variety of sources.

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Flipster
  

Features: eMagazines are available instantly, no waiting
Need help? Try our online chat or check out EBSCO's help section.

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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 Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also includes a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Access hundreds of books and publications within 21 different topics including the arts, biography, business, education, the environment, history, LGBTQ, medicine, multicultural studies and race and civil rights. Email, download, print or save pages. App available.

School information
Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: art/music, business, college prep, English/language arts, health, science, history/government, social studies and technology

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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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Lynda.com (changes coming)

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 out and/or uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

Important Update: Lynda.com will merge into its parent company LinkedIn to become LinkedIn Learning. This change will require Lynda.com users to have and/or create a LinkedIn profile in order to gain access. Learn more about this change.

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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

Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more. The database is searchable by advanced criteria and resources are able to be downloaded and printed.

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Morningstar

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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RBdigital Audiobooks and Magazines
     

Features: Exclusive recorded audiobooks and eMagazines
Need help? Try our online chat or check out RBdigital's help section.

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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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Weiss Financial Ratings

Provides accurate, independent information for informing decisions about finances, including insurance, Medicare, banking and investment options. Find the safest bank or credit union, make side by side comparisons of insurance companies, and pick the best Medicare supplement insurance plan, and find helpful tools to manage personal finances.

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Business Programs

The Money Starts with Marketing

Monday Jul. 29
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Kent

Come out and learn how to develop a marketing plan that will take your business to the next level.

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Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Thursday Sep. 5
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Heatherdowns

Attorneys will provide an overview of intellectual property, explain the differences between patents, trademarks and copyright, and be available to answer your questions.

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Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Thursday Oct. 3
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Main Library

Attorneys will provide an overview of intellectual property, explain the differences between patents, trademarks and copyright, and be available to answer your questions.

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Small Business Resource Day

Tuesday Oct. 29
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Main Library

The Small Business Resource Days will also include several workshops designed to help small business owners enhance their financial skills.

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Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Thursday Nov. 7
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Main Library

Attorneys will provide an overview of intellectual property, explain the differences between patents, trademarks and copyright, and be available to answer your questions.

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Diving Deeper: Exploring the Foundation Directory

Thursday Nov. 14
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Main Library

Learn the specifics about searching for grants through the Foundation Directory Online database.

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External Business Resources

LOCAL 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:

Arts Commission
Assets Toledo
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:

State:
Ohio Secretary of State
Ohio Department of Taxation
Starting a Business in Ohio
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Ohio Development Services Agency

Federal:
Small Business Administration
IRS Business Page
Fed BizOpps

GRANT RESOURCES

General Information on Grants and Nonprofit Funding

Grantspace
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.