Libraries Mean Business!

Free resources, research assistance and computer access make your library the ideal spot to launch a small business

Monday, May 02, 2011

If you’re thinking of starting a small business, or if you need to reposition your current business ahead of your competitors, turn to the research pros at Virginia Beach Public Library. The library provides free, credible resources that you can access from home or in person, plus friendly research experts to help you find the right information to help your business succeed.


In honor of National Small Business Week, May 16-20, VBPL provides the following research tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners to make informed business decisions:

  • Find business plans, legal forms and industry information in the small business resource collection at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library.
  • Conduct research at home using VBPL’s online business resources, including Reference USA, which allows you to identify marketing prospects and compile mailing lists. A library card is required.
  • Browse the library’s catalog to find books, audio books and DVDs about financing, managing and marketing your small business at
  • Take advantage of computers, Internet access and software programs offered at all Virginia Beach public libraries.
  • Ask your library staff for assistance. They’re available online via instant message, by text and email, and, of course, in person and by phone.

In addition to supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs, VBPL also provides access to workforce development training and job-search resources. For more information, stop by or call your local library, or visit