Small Business

Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL) provides free access to a wide variety of resources, services, programs and facilities useful to entrepreneurs, small business owners and investors.

Small Business Assistance

Information Services Librarians are always available to assist you with your business research.

Visit the Information Services desk on the third floor of Central library or call 336-703-3020.

Make a one-on-one appointment to discuss your business research in-depth, by calling 336-703-3023.

Attend a Business Info To Go (BITG) session to gain skills in business research. BITG is a hands-on workshop on the second Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m. in the Computer Learning Center on the first floor of Central Library.

A special collection of books on starting and operating a small business is located on the third floor of Central Library. Use the Library Catalog to search books by author, title, subject or keyword.

Small Business Online Resources

Access authoritative electronic resources essential to business research from anywhere in the world with your valid library card and PIN through the FCPL Online Resource page. Select the Business and Investing category.

Download Contacts for Entrepreneurs for a listing of local, state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide services and assistance to small businesses and startups.

Explore these powerful online databases to research competitors, customers, marketing strategies, product development, industry trends, sources of supply and more.

Magazines from MasterFile Elite: General interest magazines, journals, and newspapers covering a wide range of subjects including business and Consumer Reports.

Morningstar Investment Research Center: Research and independent opinions on mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds (ETF).

NC Legal Forms (Gale): Fillable and downloadable N.C. and U.S. legal forms, including a wide variety of forms and documents relating to small businesses such as business contracts, bills of sale, accounting forms, and business start-up documents.

Proquest Central: Full text articles from thousands of reliable professional journals, general interest magazines, newspapers, news wires, market reports and industry reports. Identify trends in your industry, know what your customers needs are, and stay ahead of the curve in this changing business world.

ProQuest Ebook Central: Immediate access to thousands of general interest and scholarly ebooks, ranging from broad overviews to in-depth explorations of business topics.

Reference USA: Searchable database with over 57 million businesses nationwide to research new business opportunities and conduct market research. Create customized lists for identifying sales prospects, researching competition and finding sources of supply.

SimplyAnalytics Web-based mapping application to create professional-quality maps and reports using demographic, business and marketing data.

Value Line Investment Survey: Over 1,700 stocks and 99 industries are analyzed in this investment newsletter.

Wall Street Journal: Full text articles from the Wall Street Journal from 1984 to the present used to research national and international business.

Winston-Salem Journal Newspaper: Full text articles from the Winston-Salem Journal (Nov. 1997 - present) for researching local businesses and industry trends.

Information Services Department

Located on the third floor of Central Library, the Information Services Department is a great place to spend time researching, working, meeting and networking. You will find a quiet working environment, abundant tables equipped with charging technology, reservable meeting rooms, public computers with printing, and wireless access for your devices. You may even want to spend time on the open air terrace.

Free Meeting Rooms:

FCPL offers an assortment of free meeting spaces in our facilities. Reservations can be made online after agreeing to our Meeting Room Policy.

Small Business Newsletter

Sign up for the FCPL Business and Industry Nextreads e-newsletter at Nextreads E-newsletter and find new titles in the library catalog and local events related to business.