“We’re starting a van conversion business. It’s amazing the capabilities Mark Pond has at the library. He shows how anyone can use big data and the library’s resources to their advantage in creating a business plan. Now we have our first client.” – Matt Mitchell, Entrepreneur
START OR GROW A BUSINESS
If you want to start a business, Spokane Public Library is the one-stop-shop to get connected with all things entrepreneurial around the Spokane region. Spokane Public Library has one of the best business reference collections of any public library in the nation. Get the info you need to launch or grow your business: demographics, industry trends, market research, and more.
Spokane residents can access real-time financial news, analytics, communications, charts, liquidity and functionalities that you need to put financial and market research knowledge into action. Fun fact: We’re one of the only the public libraries in the country to offer this service.
Located at Central Library. Open the same hours as the Library.
Give your business or start-up the cutting edge with free business development support from Spokane Public Library. Mark Pond, Business Librarian, is the RUSA Business Librarian of the Year for 2021, and he can help make your business a success.
The Business Lab at Spokane Public Library should be your first step when starting a new business. Hear from local entrepreneurs on how the Business Lab has helped them launch their successful ventures.
Full-text journals for business, including marketing, management, accounting, and economics, as well as detailed information on public and private companies.
FOUNDATION DIRECTORY PROFESSIONAL
A searchable directory of grantmakers, grants, and grant recipients by subjects and locations that can help nonprofits and government organizations find potential funding sources. Note: Only available on computers at Central Library.
Searchable demographics and consumer and business statistics, with directory information and easy business startup reports.
Quickly access articles from a database of scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals. Best for academic research.
Research global companies and industries with in-depth analysis through current news, statistical data, and comprehensive reports.
Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages.
700+ detailed market and industry reports for the United States including SWOT analyses, financial ratios, and more. Note: Only available on computers at Central Library.
Find job search and workplace skills improvement; reading, writing, math, and basic science skill building; career certification and license exam prep; high school equivalency, college, and grad school entrance test prep.
Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new and existing businesses “do legal” without having to hire a lawyer.
Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started for free with your library card.
LivePlan simplifies business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and performance tracking for small businesses and startups. Just fill in the answers presented and LivePlan does the heavy lifting for you.
Research and analyze companies, deals, funds, investors and service providers across the entire private investment lifecycle.
Access to financial benchmarking figures including standards for balance sheet and income statement line items, as well as numerous industry average ratios.
Statistics and market reports on over 80,000 topics arranged by business market sector. Note: Only available on computers at Central Library.
Value Line’s comprehensive research center not only evaluates U.S. stocks, this expanded version also features mutual funds, options, and weekly investment and economic reports.
Official Washington State and federal business, personal, real estate, and general legal forms.