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 25 million businesses and more than 262 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.

Census Data for Business Plans 
Thursday, May 18th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Burke Room
The U.S. Census Bureau provides a wealth of statistics that are essential resources to help small businesses succeed and grow, including information about county, state, and national business patterns and demographic data about businesses and business owners. Join us to learn how to use the demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau for business planning and to learn more about your industry. This seminar will include a live demonstration of how to use the Census Bureau's new Business Builder tool, which gives small business owners a way to easily navigate to and use key demographic and economic data to help guide their research into opening a new or expanding their existing business. Presented by Noemi Mendez, Data Dissemination Specialist from the U.S. Census Bureau. Please register online


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.