Business & Workforce
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 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 419.259.5200.
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 3 months.
There is also limited opportunity to use the Work Space outside of normal Library hours with approval.
Business Research Tools
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 Book Summaries
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find a stock or a fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.
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.
This database is built to be used with Chrome Browser or FireFox Browser.
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.
Mompreneur Book Club
Tuesday Jan. 21
at 10:00 a.m.
A mompreneur is a female business owner who is balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur. Discuss books targeted to home based businesses. Bring your ideas, thoughts and even your kids!Event Details for Mompreneur Book Club
Getting Ready for Grants
Wednesday Jan. 22
at 10:00 a.m.
In this workshop we will examine what grants are and how they work.Event Details for Getting Ready for Grants
Marketing Your Company with LinkedIn’s Marketer’s Guide
Wednesday Jan. 22
Location: Main Library
at 11:30 a.m.
The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn is a tool to get started building your company’s reach on LinkedIn. Organic and paid marketing strategies will be covered.Event Details for Marketing Your Company with LinkedIn’s Marketer’s Guide
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 Grant Information
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.