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Business Resources

This Week at the Library (March 16 to 21)

david-condonThis week we’re excited to welcome Mayor Condon to the South Hill Library (so excited, we are actually staying open later than usual. He will present at 6 on Wednesday) He will discuss the State of the City, and we hope a lot of folks will attend, ask questions and let city leaders know what’s important in Spokane.

We also have some great things planned for kids this week. First, we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a fun drop-in program (which, like it sounds, means you can drop in any time during open library hours to participate) Rainbow Bead Necklaces. We’ll have the supplies for kiddos to make this cute, easy craft.

Kids will also want to stop by the South Hill or Hillyard Library on Thursday for a Pete the Cat Party at 4, and our Tween Craft Club will meet on Friday at the East Side Library for Little Bits Build at 4.

If you didn’t see it as a kid (or if you did, you’ll definitely want to share it with your kids), Goonies will be playing at the Downtown Library on Saturday at 2. The Shadle branch will have Celebrate theGoonies Chinese New Year at 3, also on Saturday.

Maybe not as fun as Goonies (or maybe it is, depending on your definition of fun), our Business Librarian Mark Pond will present Connected Learning: Introduction to Business Intelligence in One Hour at the Hillyard Library at 1:30 on Wednesday. Businesses typically pay big bucks to access information that Mark can help you generate with (free!) library business software. So if you own a business or are considering opening one, this would be a great program to attend.

In addition to these programs, the library always has story times, and we are currently offering tax preparation. To see if you qualify, check this out. Our calendar is here to find out more information about any programs listed above.

~ Kathi (Library Communications)
Posted Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:35:06

We live in the Information Age.  Let's start acting like it.


The library connects the Spokane business community with the same resources that would otherwise be within the reach of only wealthy individuals or large corporations.  Let's use that power to our collective advantage. 


Of the range of business questions the library receives, the queries tend to fall into the following broad categories:

  • What are the demographics for my market?  Who are my customers and where are they located? 
    • DemographicsNow: Detailed consumer, business and demographic information down to the Census block level.  Includes the Dun & Bradstreet business database as well as Simmons consumer expenditure data.  Download reports to PDF, Word, or Excel.
    • ReferenceUSA: Search by company name, executive title, line of business, estimated sales, number of employees, etc., with geographic filtering ranging from national to street level.  Also search for consumers by spending pattern. Download reports to Excel. 

  • Who are my competitors?
    • ReferenceUSA: Search by company name, executive title, line of business, estimated sales, number of employees, etc., with geographic filtering ranging from national to street level. Download reports to Excel.

  • What are the industry trends for my business?  
    • IBISWorld  (Only accessible in the Downtown Library)
      Comprehensive, astute and easy to digest, IBISWorld’s industry research reports offer the very latest content on every U.S. industry. Each report consists of 30 to 40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.
    • Business Source Complete
      Business Source Complete exceeds all other databases available in terms of its premium content of peer-reviewed, business related journals. Included as part of the comprehensive coverage offered by Business Source Complete are indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.
    • Proquest
      While covering thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers, the value of Proquest really shines when doing local research.  The reason for this is that Proquest provides full-text access to the Spokesman Review going back to1991.  It also provides full-text coverage of the Spokane Journal of Business from 1991.

  • What local agencies provide business classes, coaching, networking opportunities or other assistance?

  • What funding sources are available for new, local businesses?

All of the above business resources -- and more -- can also be found on


To connect with Mark Pond, our Business Reference Librarian, you can find him on LinkedIn, Facebook, and on Twitter.

If you don’t find what you were hoping to find on these pages either call the Downtown Library Reference Desk at 444-5336 or email the library staff.  Alternately, if you do find the information you were looking for, we'd like to hear about that as well.

Best wishes to you and the Spokane business community!

City of Spokane


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