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Collection spotlight

The Small Business Administration lists 10 Steps to Start Your Business. The Library can help you work through the first five.

Step 1

Conduct Market Research

Analyzing Market Size and Demographics

Use Gale Business: DemographicsNow (tutorial here) to analyze the demographics, attitudes, and spending habits of consumers in any geography in the US so that you can make the right choices for your business or nonprofit.


Step 2

Write Your Business Plan

Follow a Guided Path

Take a step-by-step approach to completing your business plan, and position your business or nonprofit for success with Gale Business: Plan Builder.


Step 3

Find Funding

Financing Your Business

The financial aspect of running a business or nonprofit is an important component of a company’s operations. Find articles, sample business plans, news, links to relevant websites, important resources and more in Gale Business: Entrepreneurship.


Step 4

Pick Your Location

Choosing a Business Location

Use data from a variety of reports and maps within Gale Business: DemographicsNow (tutorial here) to help make an informed choice about where to locate a new or expanded business or nonprofit.


Step 5

Choose a legal structure

Navigate the legal issues that surround starting a business

Save 60 hours a year on average and over $15,000 in potential attorneys’ fees with Legal GPS.



Need More Help?

Make an appointment with Brad Smith, Information Resource Manager, Business & Nonprofit Services at the Spencer Road Branch Library.



6-week start-up : a step-by-step program for starting your business, making money, and achieving your goals by Rhonda Abrams
How to write a business plan : win backing and support for your ideas and ventures (6th ed) by Brian Finch
Target funding : a proven system to get the money & resources you need to start or grow your business
by Kedma Ough
Startup, scaleup, screwup : 42 tools to accelerate lean & agile business growth by Jurgen Appelo.
Legal forms for starting & running a small business
by Attorney Fred S. Steingold.