Business Resources

Most entrepreneurs put together a business plan which communicates your roadmap to viability to investors, employees, and partners.  We offer sample plans as well as resources to find your market data that will help you make decisions and back up your plan details with market data.  Most can be used from home with your Seattle Public Library card and PIN number.

To help you get more familiar with different business concepts our business librarians have created lists of resources on specific topics like planning and funding your business.  We also have collections of podcasts, business magazines, and more. 

Connect with Experts

Business Assistance Organizations
List of technical and financial assistance organizations that are often helpful with mentoring, workshops and community lenders.

Business Resource Open House
Come to an open house at a library location and connect face-to-face with a range of organizations that will help you grow your business.  You’ll find financial help, mentoring, and advice on next steps.

Energize your Business
This workshop series offers advice on money strategy, tools for managing your business finances, and tips and discussion on how to deal with the reality of money stress.  It also offers valuable networking so that you can connect with peers. 

Build your Business Skills

Whatever the project, we all need to continue to hone our skills.  We can help you with a number of ways to master the particular skills you need to keep you at the top of your game.

Safari Books Online
Instant access more than 2,000 digital books on business, computing, databases, programming, web design and more. The collection is keyword searchable and loads in your browser.

Your Next Skill
Know what you need to learn, but not sure where to start?  Let our librarians help with a list of resources to help you get that next skill.  Tell us what you want to learn. Do you want to create a website or develop your accounting skills? Whatever the topic, librarians are standing by to help you.

Lynda.com
Hundreds of free, online classes on topics such as management, marketing, web design, and software.

Workshops

Beyond Google: Free Market Research at Your Library
This workshop walks you through how to research a market with library tools. You’ll find out how to easily navigate databases available through your Library to help you make informed decisions in your business planning, marketing, site location and market analysis.

Contracting
Look for upcoming programs to connect you with experts that will help you get your business ready for contracting with government entities. 

Export
Interested in selling your products and services internationally?  Look for upcoming programs that will connect you with organizations that will help you successfully branch out to international markets. 

Labor Standards
Seattle’s labor laws are changing. Look for upcoming workshops on how you can stay up-to-date on the latest details. 

Recordings
We know it is tricky to break away from your business, so we have recorded some of our previous business workshops and podcasted them here.