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 49 million businesses and more than 280 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 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.
How to Start & Operate a Small Business
Wednesday, December 20th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Chester County Library Struble Room
You have come to the right place if you are in the early stages of thinking about starting a small business. If you are thinking about “becoming your own boss,” this is a chance to get an overview of the things you need to know and the skills you need to have. Subjects include organization, management, location, marketing, cash flow, and sources of funding. The workshop allows you to practice networking with other entrepreneurs. Existing business owners can use this workshop as a “checkup” on their operations.
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.