• By Jody Lohman
  • Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Are you thinking of starting a business and don’t know where to begin? Maybe you’d like to research a specific business idea or find data to support your business plan or presentation. Check out the library’s Online Resources page and choose the Business and Investing category. You will find free access to ebooks and research databases anytime and anywhere in the world. All you need is your library card and four-digit PIN.

Refer to ProQuest Ebook Central for an overview of how to start a specific business, write a business plan, conduct market research, finance a business, bring a product to market, or other startup topic. This collection provides immediate access to thousands of general interest and scholarly ebooks. ProQuest Ebook Central is a great place to start your research.

Use ReferenceUSA for industry research and market analysis. With over 57 million U.S. businesses included in this fully searchable database, research competition, identify prospective customers and find sources of supply. You will find that ReferenceUSA is a requirement for all of your business research.

Dig deeper with ProQuest Central. Access to full text articles from thousands of reliable periodicals, including trade journals and industry reports, gives you the ability to conduct in-depth research into industry trends, company information, market research, product ideas and management techniques. ProQuest Central is your go-to research tool for authoritative resources.

SimplyAnalytics makes easy work of finding data to support your research, as well as enhancing the visual aspect of your publication or presentation. Generate data maps, bar charts and statistical tables from demographic, census, psychographic and business data sets. SimplyAnalytics gives your business plan, report or presentation that extra sparkle by adding data visualization components.

To access these resources, visit the library’s Online Resources page and choose the Business and Investing category. If you would like to learn more about these resources, call the librarian at 336-703-3023.

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