Business, Finance & Fundraising
If you are starting a business, applying for a grant or planning to invest in the stock market, we have free resources to help you. We have general business research tools as well as resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs. We also have online tools you can use to plan your investments, find funding for your non-profit or look for a job. If you want more help with your business, see our Business page.
Use our free tools to manage your business, career or finances
- ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry Search here for the full text of industry and trade magazines, journals and newsletters.
- Associations Unlimited Curious about an association? Find financial, membership and marketing information for more than 465,000 business and nonprofit associations.
- Business Insights: Global Detailed information about companies, industries and economies worldwide, plus interactive rankings, statistics and tools to help students and researchers analyze information to gain deeper insights.
- Business Plans Handbook Interested in starting your own business? This collection of actual business plans written by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries offers real-world examples to show you the way.
- DemographicsNow Provides detailed U.S. demographic information and statistics to help with business research, market analysis and more.
- Foundation Directory Online For fundraisers and grant writers, this interactive resource of more than 100,000 grant providers is available only at the Central Library.
- Foundation Grants to Individuals Online Designed for individual grant seekers, including artists, students, writers and researchers. Both online and print resources from the Fundraising Resource Center are available only at the Central Library.
- GrantStation This up-to-date, searchable database of private foundations and religious funders also includes state and federal grant information, plus helpful tips for grant seekers.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center Get up-to-date information about stocks, funds and other investment options, plus calculators and tools to help you manage your portfolio.
- Puget Sound Business Journal and Book of Lists Get online access to the Puget Sound Business Journal for local business news. The Book of Lists offers rankings and information about Seattle-area businesses. This resource is available only in Library locations.
- ReferenceUSA Looking for someone? Search this database of more than 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses and more than 267 million U.S. residents. Download up to 250 records at a time.
- Resumé Builder Create a winning resumé with this easy, step-by-step resumé wizard.
- RMA eStatement Studies Look at benchmark financial statements and ratios for businesses. These studies provide detailed financial data to help entrepreneurs and startups create strategic plans and compare them to real-world measures.
- Safari Books Online Improve your computer and business skills. Access more than 2,000 digital books about computing, databases, programming, web design and more.
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Get online access to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce for local information on business, construction, real estate, engineering, architecture, and more.
- Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage Look here for financial information, including stock, bond and mutual fund reports as well as coverage of industries and companies. Please note: Industry Surveys content is available from Library computers only. TIP: Click on the "Enlarge view/Printer friendly" link near the top of each page to view the full text.
- Standard Rate and Data Service (SRDS) Interested in advertising, publishing or the media? Use this tool to find detailed sales and contact information for a variety of media companies. Search by industry and geography.
- Value Line Get investment ratings, research, statistics and forecasts for thousands of stocks and mutual funds.
- WOIS/The Career Information System Looking for a job in Washington state? Find current salaries, training requirements and educational programs for a wide variety of occupations, plus tools to help you choose a career. You can use WOIS on any Library computer, or call 206-386-4636 for a remote access key.