Business Support

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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

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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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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
JumpStart
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

Business Programs

Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

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

Location: Online Programs

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

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Wednesday Nov. 11
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Learn from Grow with Google expert Petia Abdur-Razzaag on how to use YouTube to create compelling content and promote your business.

Event Details for Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Mompreneur Book Group

Wednesday Nov. 18
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Online Programs

A mompreneur is a business owner who is balancing the role of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Discuss books targeted to home-based businesses. This book is available with hoopla or as an ebook.

Event Details for Mompreneur Book Group

Diving Deeper into Library Resources for Nonprofits

Thursday Nov. 19
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Grant specialist, Zachary Huber, will provide an overview of the grants database Foundation Directory Online in addition to other library resources for nonprofit organizations.

Event Details for Diving Deeper into Library Resources for Nonprofits

Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

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

Location: Online Programs

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

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.

Third-Party Provider: Dun and Bradstreet

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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

School information
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

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Lynda.com

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.

Third-Party Provider: Lynda.com

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Mergent Inc

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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.

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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.

This database is built to be used with Chrome Browser or FireFox Browser.

Third-Party Provider: Infogroup

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Gale

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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.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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Click here to access all of the Business and Investment databases.

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 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 business@toledolibrary.org with questions.

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