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1st Stop Business Connection

Free business start-up information, including information kit and forms.

Business Reference Library

Business Reference Library

Reference library of eBooks on business plans, marketing, diversity, telecommuting, and the Who’s Buying series.

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier

Company and industry profiles, market research and full text articles.

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Create new business connections and access a variety of resources to help your business.

Columbus SCORE

Free business advice and workshops from experienced local mentors.

Columbus Small Biz Hub

Offers links to resources for small businesses in Columbus, including events, networking, funding and more.

Columbus Small Business Development Center

Provides free one-on-on advising and no or low cost business training for all industries.

DemographicsNow – Business & People

DemographicsNow – Business & People

Research consumer, demographic and marketing segmentation data, as well as residential and business records.

DemographicsNow is a marketing insight tool for users seeking detailed demographic data. It connects users with information on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers. The resource utilizes Census data, consumer expenditures, retail spending, and specialized segmentation groups to create easy-to-use reports and maps.

Encyclopedia of Associations

Encyclopedia of Associations

Directory of associations, societies and nonprofit membership organizations in the US.

Find information on over 120,000 associations, societies and other nonprofit membership organizations at the national, regional, state and local level. Encyclopedia of Associations provides detailed information about organizations in the categories of legal, business, trade, educational, sports, fan clubs and many more.

LivePlan

LivePlan

Create a business plan with resources and guidance to assist the process.

LivePlan is a subscription business planning resource available to library customers, for a six-week time period. During this time, you will have access to all of the resources needed to create your business plan. At the end of the 6-week period, you can download your business plan for future reference.

At times, there may be a waiting list for access to LivePlan. In this case, the librarian will let you know when it will be available.

Before starting a business plan, it is recommended that customers develop a solid business concept, be able to describe their target customer(s) and do some basic industry research. If you need support to complete this research, please contact our business librarian at business@columbuslibrary.org.

To get started with LivePlan, please click Access Now button to provide the information in the Contact the Business Librarian form.

Mergent Archives

Mergent Archives

Historical business documents from Moody’s and Mergent manuals as far back as 1909.

Mergent Archives features a vast, indexed collection of more than a century’s worth of global corporate and industry related documents. This collection contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries.

Mergent Intellect

Mergent Intellect

Complete company and industry profiles for thousands of U.S. and international businesses.

Mergent Intellect features a deep collection of worldwide business information that enables users to generate insightful business intelligence. Mergent offers the 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.

Mergent Key Business Ratios

Mergent Key Business Ratios

Dun & Bradstreet industry norms and business ratios for financial projections and analysis.

Mergent Key Business Ratios provides immediate online access to competitive benchmarking data. This powerful tool lets researchers examine industry benchmarks compiled from D&B®’s database of public and private companies, featuring 14 key business ratios (users choose a one-year or three-year set of ratios) for public and private companies in 800 lines of business.

North American Industry Classification System

Standard used by federal agencies to collect, analyze and publish statistics about U.S. businesses.

Ohio Secretary of State – Business Services Division

Research business name availability or search company filings.

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)

Directory information for 11 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. households.

Reference Solutions helps users search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.

Small Business Administration

Provides resources and loan information to help you launch and grow your small business.

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center

Offers full text small business periodicals, eBooks, and industry and market research reports.

Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

The Columbus Region

Provides industry and demographic information for businesses specific to the Columbus area.

ThomasNet.com

Directory of American manufacturing companies and their products.

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