Resources for Entrepreneurs

Recommended for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Academy

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 ace@bcpl.net.

Upcoming Events

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

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

The library has free WiFi and public computers, printers, copiers and scanners, and Chromebooks available for checkout.

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.

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