WE'RE HERE TO HELP
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
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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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:
One-Year Action Plan for Success
Wednesday Jun. 23
Location: Online Programs
at 6:00 p.m.
This four-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: Find Your Funder
Wednesday Jun. 30
Location: Online Programs
at 12:00 p.m.
Grants Specialist, Zachary Huber will give a bite-sized overview on how to find a funder who aligns with your nonprofit's mission.Event Details for GrantsLab: Find Your Funder
Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney
Thursday Jul. 1
Location: Online Programs
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
Business Research Tools
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
Gale eBooks (formerly 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. iOS app Google Play app
Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: art/music, business, college prep, English/language arts, health, science, history/government, social studies and technology
Third-Party Provider: Gale
LinkedIn Learning (formally Lynda.com)
LinkedIn Learning offers unlimited access to a library of over 100,000 high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials as part of over 13,000 courses taught by recognized industry experts in seven languages.
Third-party Provider: LinkedIn Learning
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
MRI Simmons Insights
MRI-Simmons Insights is a consumer intelligence and discovery platform that provides marketers with faster access to actionable consumer insights.
Powered by Smart Search, the most comprehensive consumer intelligence search engine, the new platform allows marketers to mine through thousands of consumer behaviors in seconds, helping clients accelerate the development of brand consumer messaging, cross-channel marketing, and media planning tactics.
Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)
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
Small Business Builder
Learn more about Ohio's 529 plan and start saving for college!Continue Reading: Creating a College Savings Fund (And Accessing Reliable Investment Information)
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
Click here to access all of the Business and Investment databases.
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 until spring 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please feel free to call David Topoleski, manager of the Business and Workforce Department, at (419) 259-5214 or email email@example.com with questions.