The Library can help support small business owners or those looking to be come one, especially at the ideation stage as they investigate options and resources for developing a business plan, identify funding sources and research other start-up activities.
Let’s say you want to start a business that offers cleaning services. A basic search in GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) of “cleaning services” delivers excellent results. The first, second, fourth, and fifth results shown below are actually from the Business Plans Handbook, a Gale series. Because of GVRL’s strong search capability and detailed indexing down to the individual entry level, you will uncovered sample business plans.
Results from “cleaning services” search.
Clicking the second result, “Residential Cleaning Service,” will send you to the content associated with the entry. Perhaps even more important, any user interested in starting a small business can also navigate through the title’s entire table of contents and uncover more helpful content.
Click the Table of Contents to reveal a drop-down menu and quickly navigate to a business plan template also available in this volume.
Furthermore, any content that you download will not disappear—so no matter how long it takes you to work on your business plan, you can continue to reference their downloaded content, on- or offline.
Search, Browse, or Read Cover-to-Cover
Because you can search and browse in GVRL, it’s easy to discover additional relevant content. For example, suppose you realize—as a result of reading the administration and management portion of the business plan template—that it’s necessary to increase your management skills. Locating information about that topic is easy!
Click the subject Business in GVRL and browse management-related titles.
Click a title to isolate a search. For example, a user can search the book How to be an even better Manager. Or click Browse Book to read the title cover-to-cover.
Want more? Watch our Insider Librarian walk through Business Research in GVRL!