This week I helped someone develop a business plan. How awesome is that! This is why I love my job! Many folks don’t think of the library as a resource in this capacity, but I say, if you are starting a business, start at the Library! At your fingertips, you have access to tools offered through the library that will save you money and help you develop and grow your business.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite resources for small businesses.

Entrepreneurship (available through Digital Maine Library) is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs. Experience an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages—plan, fund, start, and manage—to fit your research needs at any point in your business’s development.

Some key features include:

Business PlansGale Business: Entrepreneurship features the entire Business Plans Handbook series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs. New plans are added monthly.

eBooks — Browse a collection of 80 small business-focused eBooks from Gale, John Wiley & Sons, and other publishing partners, including Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, Encyclopedia of Management, and Small Business Management — A Framework for Success.

Magazines — View articles from over 300 journals and magazines like Better Asset Management, Black Enterprise, Consumer Comments, Direct Marketing, Financial Management, Family Business Review, and The Tax Adviser.

Audio — Listen in-product or download podcasts, radio shows, and more.

Videos — Access thousands of videos from CriticalMention, Inc. and Press, Inc., with other providers added over time.

News — Find content from over 120 local newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Investor’s Business Daily.

Glossary — Over 2,200 key business-specific terms are defined for quick reference, replacing the generic dictionary link.

Websites — Vetted, fully indexed, topically relevant, and annotated website listings provide helpful links to outside resources and articles related to current campaigns.