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Online Library Resources

  • Business Source Complete  
    Full-text, peer-reviewed business journals covering all areas of business. Includes reports, studies, books, SWOT analyses, videos, and more.
  • Intellect via Mergent  
    Find industry profiles and reports, and search U.S. and international company listings. Search by industry, size, location, and other criteria to create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, and raise funds.
  • NC LIVE Business Portal  
    It's a library at your fingertips!
  • Small Business Reference Center  
    This website is the Swiss Army knife for small business! A wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

Start & Run a Business


Books and Newspapers

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Spark and Hustle: launch and grow your small business now - Tory Johnson
Call Number: 658.1 JOHNS
Offers strategies for women to start and maintain their own businesses, explaining how to develop a business plan, find startup funds, and use social media to help increase profits.

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The Small Business Start-Up Guide - Thompson, Matthew
Call Number: 658.11 THOMP
The Small Business Start-Up Guide is a fact-filled account of the dos and don’ts of starting a small business in the twenty-first century. The pertinent information is presented without the clutter of gregarious psychological booster material. A complete overview of everything you need to know to start successfully, it will save you time, effort, and money.

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How to Write a Business Plan - Mike McKeever
Call Number: 658.152 MCKEE
If you're thinking of starting a business or raising money to expand an existing one, you need a plan. Running a successful business requires a great deal of forethought, so write a business plan and secure your venture's future. How to Write a Business Plan will show you how to write the right plan for your business and design a loan package necessary to finance your business and make it work.

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The marketing plan : how to prepare and implement it - William M. Luther
Call Number: 658.802 LUTHE
Now fully updated, the Fourth Edition of Luther's classic text will help businesses navigate the perilous new landscape of Web 2.0 business strategies, and guide them to develop a working marketing plan.

Websites: Starting and Running a Business

Individual counseling, classes and more, for new and experienced business owners.

Websites: Research Your Idea

Websites: Write Your Business Plan

  • Samples from different industries
    Actual business plans written by entrepreneurs in North America who are seeking financing.
  • SCORE templates
    Includes profit and loss projections, cash flow projections, breakeven analysis, financial statements, and more templates.
    Starts with business plans and carries you through to running a small business.



Federal Resources:

  • U.S. Census Bureau demographics Data from the Census of Population and Housing, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census. Use Factfinder for statistics about population, housing, industry, and business.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration A treasure chest of information, tutorials, publications, forms, and links.

NC Resources:


-Starting & Running a Business

-Research Your Idea



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