Hidden Business Startup Resources At Your Library


Library-business-resources-300x300Did you know the library offers resources for starting and building a business?  The library is full of hidden gems!  Discover these wonderful gems on Hot Topics – Small Business, Starting and Building

Are you a small business owner or would be owner looking for business support?


gvrl shelfThe 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.

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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.

gvrl table of contentsYou can Download and Keep Content

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.

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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!

Are you looking for a job? Are you a business owner? or Are you looking to start a business?


historical data2Data Springs Eternal! The Library is hosting ReferenceUSA trainer Nancy Spidle  at the following locations:

Monday May 5th
10:30 a.m. Centennial Hills Library
1:30 p.m. Mesquite Library

Tuesday May 6th
10:30 a.m. Rainbow Library
3:00 p.m. West Charleston Library

These workshops are intended to give anyone wanting to use ReferenceUSA a deeper understanding of how to be effective and efficient when using the resource.
The newest module to be introduced is ReferenceUSA’s Historical US Businesses data.  This module delivers incomparable access to anyone wanting to have a historical reference for their city, an industry or even an individual business.  This powerful insight will be beneficial in recognizing trends and opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs and community planners.

While intended for the general public, librarians are always welcome!  (in case you were wondering, these are free!) Why not join us?