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!
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.
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.
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.
Fund Analyzer by FINRA
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.
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.
Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: art/music, business, college prep, English/language arts, health, science, history/government, social studies and technology
Provides the knowledge, skills and tools needed for financial success created by the FINRA Foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
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
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 Plunkett Research Online Now
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 Vocational & Career Collection(tm) Now
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.
Small Business Resource Day
Wednesday May. 22
at 3:00 p.m.
The Small Business Resource Days will also include several workshops designed to help small business owners enhance their financial skills.Event Details for Small Business Resource Day
Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney
Thursday Jun. 6
at 7:00 p.m.
Attorneys will provide an overview of intellectual property, explain the differences between patents, trademarks and copyright and be available to answer your questions.Event Details for Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney
Tuesday Jun. 25
Location: King Road
at 6:00 p.m.
Businesses need an edge over their competition and the owner who works smarter is often the one who gets ahead. Learn how the Library can help your business get ahead.Event Details for Business Boost
External 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.