Business Support

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The economic effects of COVID-19 have been especially challenging for the region's small business community. The Library doesn't want this current situation to derail your plans and dreams. Whether you already have a business or you see an unmet need and want to start a business, the Library has the expertise and tools to help you:

  • Learn about the business you're interested in
  • Know your competition
  • Define your overall goals
  • Create a business plan

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We also have dozens of great business research tools and materials that you can access for free with your Library card. Need help getting started? Email our Business & Workforce Department or call 419.259.5244.

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Small Business and Nonprofit Assistance Sessions

Toledo Library’s Business and Workforce Department is bringing its small business and nonprofit know­-how to Library locations throughout Lucas County.

Each month, you’ll find business and nonprofit specialist librarians at:

Mott: First Tuesday
Oregon: First Tuesday
King Road: Second Tuesday
Maumee: Second Tuesday
Heatherdowns: Third Tuesday
Sanger: Fourth Tuesday

Receive assistance with business plans, industry and donor research, nonprofit grants, and more!

30-minute appointments are available from 1 to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment to get started.

Questions? Contact us!

External Business Resources

Business Programs

One Year Action Plan for Success

Wednesday Sep. 22
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

This 4 session program will take your business plan and create an operational and strategic plan that will be true to your mission and core values while activating your vision and goals.

Event Details for One Year Action Plan for Success

Business Boost

Thursday Sep. 23
at 11:30 a.m.

Location: Online Programs

Businesses need an edge over their competition and the owner who works smarter is often the one who gets ahead.

Event Details for Business Boost

First Steps: Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing

Wednesday Sep. 29
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Explore how to leverage grants to sustain your nonprofit, how to be a competitive grant seeker, and how to find grant opportunities.

Event Details for First Steps: Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing

One Year Action Plan for Success

Wednesday Sep. 29
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

This 4 session program will take your business plan and create an operational and strategic plan that will be true to your mission and core values while activating your vision and goals.

Event Details for One Year Action Plan for Success

GrantsLab: Finding Your Funder

Thursday Sep. 30
at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Get a bite-sized overview on how to find a funder who aligns with your nonprofit's mission.

Event Details for GrantsLab: Finding Your Funder

Business Basics

Tuesday Oct. 5
at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Mott

Thinking about starting, buying or expanding your new business? Business Basics is a seminar that will take the confusion out of your efforts and help you avoid costly mistakes or unnecessary steps.

Event Details for Business Basics

Business Research Tools

Business Book Summaries provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books. With these summaries, professionals and students can keep up with the latest information in the business world and learn more effectively. Summaries also available in Chinese, French, German and Spanish. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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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. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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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. Third-Party Provider: Dun and Bradstreet

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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. Also available at an iOS app or Google Play app. Third-Party Provider: Gale

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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. Third-Party Provider: Gale

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Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new & existing businesses "do legal" without having to hire a lawyer.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

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Offers more than 13,000 courses that include more than 100,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including design, business, office software and personal and professional goals. Third-Party Provider: LinkedIn Learning. Available as an iOS app or Google Play app.

First time app users will be asked to enter the "libraryname" at the end of the URL: OH0215

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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. Third-Party Provider: Mergent Inc

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Offers business intelligence, industry trends, market research, stats, leads, plus company contacts for over 30 different major industries and tips for job seekers. Third-Party Provider: Plunkett

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Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion). Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more. Third-Party Provider: Data Axle

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Contains full-text articles from 75 journals, newspapers and newswires about businesses from across the U.S. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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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. Third-Party Provider: Gale

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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. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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Business Blogs

If you work with/support a nonprofit that has experienced financial difficulties during the pandemic, your Toledo Lucas County Public Library is here to assist.

Continue Reading: Assistance for Nonprofits

If you’re a business owner who’s struggling, we can help!

Continue Reading: Business Assistance During COVID-19

Work Space

at Main Library

Looking to start or grow your small business? Need a space to create and work on your next project? Our Work Space offers individuals and organizations the opportunity to establish a home base for up to three months.

The Work Space is unavailable at this time. Please feel free to call David Topoleski, manager of the Business and Workforce Department, at (419) 259-5214 or email business@toledolibrary.org with questions.

Doing Business With the Library

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