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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

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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 419.259.5200.

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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 3 months.

The Work Space is currently in use and applications will be accepted again between August 17, 2020 - September 30, 2020. Please feel free to call David Topoleski, manager of the Business and Workforce Department, at (419) 259-5214 or email bwref@toledolibrary.org with questions.

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.

Third-Party Provider: FINRA

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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.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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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.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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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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Flipster
  

Features: eMagazines are available instantly, no waiting
Need help? Try our online chat or check out EBSCO's help section.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online covers information on all 189,000 U.S. Foundations. It's the smartest, fastest way to win more funding by providing the most exhaustive and up-to-date knowledge and insight on the social sector to fuel any fundraising mission.

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Fund Analyzer by FINRA

Features information and analysis on over 18,000 mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs). Estimates the value of the funds and allows users to compare up to three funds. Note: users must accept the terms of use to use the tool.

Third-Party Provider: FINRA

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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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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.

Third-Party Provider: Gale

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Investment Education

Provides the knowledge, skills and tools needed for financial success created by the FINRA Foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Third-Party Provider: FINRA

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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 Archives

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.

Third-Party Provider: Mergent Inc

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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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Morningstar

Find a stock or a fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.

Third-Party Provider: Morningstar

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Plunkett

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RBdigital Audiobooks and Magazines
     

Features: Exclusive recorded audiobooks and eMagazines
Need help? Try our online chat or check out RBdigital's help section.

Third-Party Provider: RBdigital

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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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Regional Business News

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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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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Value Line

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.

Third-Party Provider: Value Line

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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.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Grey House Publishing

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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

GRANT RESOURCES

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Grantspace
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.

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