Small Business Resources and Workshops

Featured Business Databases

Statista is a database that provides business, marketing, demographic, and economic data. Find statistical information, company dossiers, topical reports, and high-quality infographics. With an international focus, this resource offers statistics on a wide variety of industries and topics such as communications, education, health care, and hospitality. As the database mixes freely available knowledge with proprietary industry facts (from industry reports and other sources), it creates a powerful tool for researchers. All statistics are exportable for re-publication purposes and include citation data.
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Businesses use this database to help them define, refine, categorize, and distinguish their various customer markets using information on over 50 million businesses and more than 292 million consumers. Business listings include such data as company names, phone numbers, complete addresses, key executive names, SIC Codes, employee size, sales volume, geo-codes for mapping, franchise and brand information, news, and credit rating scores.
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Gale Business Insights: Essentials
Find full-text articles and statistical data about companies and industries for business owners, marketing professionals, investors, and students. Access over 11,000 journals and more than 8,900 in full-text. Instantly analyze and compare financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools. Find thousands of detailed financial reports, more than 2,500 custom business glossary terms, 1,000 SWOT reports, over 17,400 company histories, over 460,000 detailed company profiles, and much more.
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Business Programs and Workshops

The Chester County Library provides programs and hands-on workshops on business topics with emphasis on helping small businesses succeed in a dynamic economic environment.

All in-person public programs are suspended until further notice. 
Please visit our Event Calendars for our virtual programs.

Understanding Cash Flow – A Business Survival Guide
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Burke Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Sales and earnings are not enough to survive, just ask W.T Grant who had consistent earnings growth, yet went bankrupt. Ask Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme would have gone on had it not been for the lack of new cash inflows. In fact the number two cause of business failures is not knowing the difference between earnings and cash! Additionally, understanding the value of time in the cash equation is critical to business survival. This session will help you better understand the differences between cash and earnings as well as provide some suggestions as how to maximize cash. Please register online

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Learn - In partnership with Chester County SCORE, the library provides fundamental and essential courses on how to start and operate a small business and the neccessary steps of planning a business. These courses are not only informative but also supportive as experienced and well connected experts from a host of industries guide small businesses and entrepreneurs through the process of laying the foundation for growth and success.

Grow - In an effort to sustain the fundamental lessons of business planning and to help small businesses thrive in their respective markets, the library provides tailored business programs on topics such as marketing, sales, strategic planning, cyber security, social media, return on investment (ROI), consumer markets, government contracts, bookkeeping, and networking.

Succeed - With more than 30 business programs provided each year, the library seeks to help small businesses build lasting and beneficial relationships with key resources, organizations, and communities to facilitate growth and prosperity in Chester County.