Small Business Resources and Workshops

Featured Business Databases
Business & Industry Research
ReferenceUSA (can use remotely with an active Chester County Library System card)
Businesses use this database to help them define, refine, categorize, and distinguish their various customer markets.

  • Contains 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.

Business Perodicals
Business Source Main Edition is a full-text and bibliographic collection of scholarly business journals, general business magazines, and trade periodicals. It covers nearly all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics. (This database can used remotely with an active Chester County Library System card)

  • Contains the complete text of over 2,200 business magazines and journals, dating back through 1985. Search by keyword, phrase, publication, subject, and more.

  • Includes the Regional Business News Database. Regional publications include Smart Business Philadelphia and the Central Penn Business Journal.

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.

Entrepreneurship & ReferenceUSA: Research for Starting, Managing, and Growing Businesses
Tuesdays, July 10th, 17th, and 24th 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - WEBINAR
Attendees will learn how to use the library's ReferenceUSA database to complete the research you need to start a business. Topic covered will include researching your market, researching your competitors, and researching your potential customers. Learn how to put this valuable database to work for you! Please register online.

Please note: this is a live webinar that can be attended at the location of your choice. If you choose to view it using a library computer, please bring headphones and give yourself enough time to get logged on to a computer before the webinar begins.

Visit our Calendar of Events to view additional upcoming business programs


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.