Forsyth County Public Library

Small Business

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

Small Business Assistance

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

  • Visit in-person or call 336-703-3020
  • Make a one-on-one appointment to discuss your business research in-depth.
  • Attend a workshop to discover free library resources useful for business research.
  • Access a special collection of books on starting an operating a small business.

Online Resources for Small Businesses

Access databases essential to business research from anywhere in the world with your valid library card.

  • 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 powerful research dataases to research competitors, customers, marketing strategies, product development, industry trends, sources of supply and more.

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.

  • Quiet working environment
  • Abundant tables equipped with charging technology
  • Reservable meeting rooms
  • Public computers with printing
  • Wireless access for your devices
  • Open air terrace for breaks

Sign up for our small business newsletter!

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

Research Databases for Small Business

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

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  • Research and independent opinions on mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds (ETF).
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  • 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 documnets.
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  • 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
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  • Immediate access to thousands of general interest and scholarly ebooks, ranging from broad overviews to in-depth explorations of business topics.
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  • 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.
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  • Over 1,700 stocks and 99 industries are analyzed in this investment newsletter.
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  • Full text articles from the Wall Street Journal from 1984 to the present used to research nationa and international business.
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  • Full text articles from the Winston-Salem Journal (Nov. 1997 - present) for researching local businesses and industry trends.

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Contact Us

336-703-BOOK (2665)
Email: Contact Us
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Closings
Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day
Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Friday, March 29 - Good Friday
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, September 2 - Labor Day
Monday, November 11 - Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving
Friday, November 29 - Thanksgiving
Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas holiday begins
Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas
Thursday, December 26 - Christmas