Small Business Owner

Starting and owning a small business is a huge undertaking. The library has a lot of great resources that can help you along the way. From information on writing a business plan to finding local help.

  • Small Business Reference Center logo
    This resource offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.
  • Business Plans Handbook, 2014
    Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans. Previous volumes are also available.
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
    Articles, interviews, business profiles, financing, marketing, advertising and legislative news of note aimed at the small business owner or those planning to start a new or additional business.
  • Innovation Masters
    Covers the best examples of successful businesses and/or business people that have incorporated or developed a new product, service or technology that help to reinvent or revolutionize their business and/or industry.
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IASourceLink is a free state resource providing small business information.

Checkout some of their resources!

  • IASourceLink website provides 24/7 online access to a vast array of small business information
  • Resource Navigator is an online directory of over 370 of the state’s best small business technical and financial assistance organizations
  • Business License Information Center provides information on the licenses and permits needed to start a business
  • Business Concierge offers personalized small business assistance and market research
  • Small business webinars are live, interactive events held monthly which cover a wide selection of small business topics presented by topic experts
  • Business event calendar is the state’s most robust calendar of small business workshops, conferences and networking opportunities

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