Resources for Entrepreneurs
Recommended for Entrepreneurs
Do you have a great idea for a small business but don’t know how to launch it? Already started a business but unsure about taking it to the next level? Interested in being your own boss? Join the Entrepreneur Academy, where you’ll learn marketing research and business strategies, financial recordkeeping and taxes, and how to develop your business plan.
Presented in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and CASH Campaign of Maryland, during this multi-part series you’ll be able to take advantage of legal, financial, insurance and accounting advisors, networking, and extensive library and business resources. This program was created in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Learn about upcoming sessions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small business counseling, networking nights and other programs for the small business community are often held at branches. Check our online events calendar for complete details.
My Librarian for Small Business
COVID-19 Update: We will be accepting appointment requests once the library has reopened.
Get one-on-one business assistance with My Librarian, a free 60-minute in-person session with a librarian at any of our 19 branches.
Additional Library Services
We have conference and small group study rooms available at most branches (reserved or walk-in use), table space for co-working, and designated quiet work zones at most branches.
Specialized online resources with authoritative business and financial information can be accessed from home or work with your library card. Our top picks for entrepreneurs and business:
- ReferenceUSA: For market research, competitive analysis and sales lead-list generation. Search listings of U.S. and Canadian businesses by location, including contact information, employee size, sales volume or business type. The consumer database includes demographics and lifestyle attributes.
- Legal Forms Library: Includes Maryland business, personal, real estate and general legal forms.
- Lynda.com: Unlimited training on a wide variety of topics including business skills and software, web design and development, music and audio, photography, video editing and animation.
- Cisco Networking Academy: Self-paced online curriculum with assessments, case studies, games and simulations for entrepreneurs.
- Standard and Poor’s NetAdvantage: Presents investment information on stocks, bonds and mutual funds, plus company profiles, industry surveys and financial forecasts.
- Value Line: Source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market and the economy.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration offers sections on planning, launching, managing and growing your small business.
- The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network provides sound advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state.
- The Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development provides information on starting and growing your business in Baltimore County, as well as certifications and contracts, getting funded and finding the right location.
- The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, member-supported organization whose mission is to promote, grow and sustain a diverse and healthy business community that will enrich the quality of life and enhance prosperity in the Baltimore region.