Help for Your Business

Owning and operating a business is always a 24/7 job and the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 has made that job exponentially harder. Here are some tools to help your business succeed:

Local Resources

Helpful Online Resources for Businesses  

From professional development courses to demographic and directory data, our databases provide free essential information to help your business succeed. See the complete list of online resources we offer.

  • A to Z World Business: Information about business culture and practices in 100 countries. Up-to-date information on importing, exporting, and logistics.  
  • Business Insights: Global: Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share and financial reports. Thousands of company histories, case studies, scholarly journals and business news.  
  • Gale Business Entrepreneurship: Hundreds of sample business plans, journals, and multimedia content. All aspects of starting and operating a small business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. 
  • Gale Business Plan Builder: A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.  
  • Gale Business: DemographicsNowProduce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports, maps that “visualize” trends, and customized customer reports.  
  • Gale Courses: Gale Courses deliver hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development and technology skills. 
  • Gale Legal Forms: Authentic, professional legal documents. Useful for filing patents and trademarks, developing leases, creating bills of sale, delegating power of attorney, and more. Ideal for supporting legal tasks for personal or business use. 
  • Reference USA: Directory of data about U.S. businesses and residences. 
  • Udemy: Thousands of online video courses in business, tech, and personal development across 75+ categories to achieve personal and professional goals. 

Your Digital Library: Access at Home 

Don’t forget about our downloadable collection! You can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies and more for free with your library card. 

Business Advisors and Virtual Programs

We partner with many local organizations to provide you with the resources to answer your questions. While we cannot currently provide in-person programs, two of our partners provide one-on-one virtual advising and programs:

If you have questions, need some guidance, or want some tips and tricks on any database for business, please contact our Business Services Specialist Lesley Cyrier at cyrier@addisonlibrary.org