small business and nonprofit support brochures
We’re bringing our small business and nonprofit know­-how to Library locations throughout Lucas County. Each month, you’ll find business and nonprofit specialist librarians at:
New schedule:
  • Mott: First Tuesday | 9 a.​m.​ to 12:30 p.​m.​
  • Holland: Second Tuesday | 9 a.​m.​ to 12:30 p.​m.​
  • Sylvania: Second Tuesday | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Heatherdowns: Third Tuesday | 1 p.​m.​ to 5 p.​m.​
  • Sanger: Fourth Tuesday | 9 a.​m.​ to 5 p.​m.​
Receive assistance with business plans, industry and donor research, nonprofit grants, and more!
45-minute appointments are available. Schedule an appointment to get started.
Let our staff help you find funding, start a nonprofit, research prospective donors, and develop a strategic or fundraising plan.

Need help getting started? Email our Small Business and Nonprofit Department or call 419.214.6131 to set up an appointment. You can also sign up for our monthly Nonprofit Support newsletter.

Grant funding resources

Local organizations

Nonprofit management resources

Personalized grants search for nonprofit organizations

Simply complete this FORM and your results will be emailed back to you.


Starting a nonprofit resources

Our staff can help whether you already have a business or you see an unmet need and want to start a business. We have the expertise and tools to help you: learn about the business you’re interested in; know your competition; define your overall goals, and create a business plan.

Need help getting started? Email our Small Business and Nonprofit Department or call 419.259.5244 to set up an appointment. You can also sign up for our quarterly Business newsletter.

Business Associations and Local Chambers of Commerce

Local resources

State and federal resources

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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.


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.



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

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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.


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.

School information
Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: art/music, business, college prep, English/language arts, health, science, history/government, social studies and technology

App Store | Google Play


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.



GuideStar is a philanthropic research database designed to fill in the knowledge gaps you need to find the best charities to which to donate in the area you most care about. GuideStar compiles directories and reports on nonprofits that are available to the public, to make the donation process easier for potential donors.

Available only inside Library Locations.


Investment Education

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


Legal GPS

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


LinkedIn Learning (formerly

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.

Using the LinkedIn Learning app: iOs or Android
First time app: users will be asked to enter the “libraryname” at the end of the URL: OH0215


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.


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.


Morningstar Investment Service

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

Limit of 5 simultaneous users. Please log out after your session is done.


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.

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Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)

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.

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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.

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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.

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Free videos and article tutorials on how to use popular websites like Netflix, Amazon and Gmail as well as various social networks. Tutorials are geared towards baby boomer, senior learners and inexperienced internet users.

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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.

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Vocational & Career Collection ™

Designed for vocational and technical libraries, this database provides full text articles from more than 400 trade and industry related periodicals.

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Wall Street Journal Online

Simply enter your library card and pin to access WSJ!

An account must be created and then you can start using immediately.
Your access will be available for the next 3 days
After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.

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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.

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