Small Business Resources and Workshops

Featured Business Databases

Search millions of private and public businesses for information on competition, business demographics, and target markets. ReferenceUSA video tutorialslive webinars, and training guides are available to help you better understand how to use the search features and produce a strategy at home, on the go, or at the Library.
Access ReferenceUSA from anywhere using your Chester County Library System card.

Gale Business Insights: Essentials
Offers in-depth coverage of businesses, including company profiles, industry profiles, products and brands, financial reports, company rankings, histories, and full-text periodical articles. Business Insights: Essentials offers robust online tools for analytics.
Access Gale Business Insights from anywhere using your Chester County Library System card.

Business Plans Handbook
Search the first 35 volumes of this series for examples of real-life, successful business plans. After logging in to the database, go to the Business collection listed on the left and then click on Business Plans Handbook.
Access Business Plans Handbook from anywhere using your Chester County Library System card.

Business Programs

The Chester County Library provides programs on business topics with emphasis on helping small businesses succeed in a dynamic economic environment.

Virtual: How to Start & Operate a Small Business
Wednesday, December 16, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Zoom
You have come to the right place if you are in the early stages of thinking about starting a small business, or even if you have started up your business and realized you missed a few things. If you are thinking about “becoming your own boss,” this is a chance to get an overview of the things you need to know.

Registration is required. Please register online. 

Visit our Calendar of Events to view additional upcoming business programs.

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For additional databases and business resources like books and a curated list of websites, click here.