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 and Manage Your Business' Payroll
Tuesday, October 17th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Chester County Library Burke Room
Learn the behind the scenes requirements for the correct method of setting up you business payroll. Our discussions will include ways to schedule your payday, the calculating of payroll taxes, filing your tax forms, and managing the four most common mistakes: numerical errors, missing deadlines, "dreaded" penalties, and not maintaining accurate employee documentation files. Presented by Ann Angelucci of Chester & Delaware County SCORE. Please register online.
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.