business services

“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, StartUp Spokane + Spokane Public Library are 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.

BLOOMBERG TERMINAL

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 only the second public library in the country to offer this service.

Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday – Sunday

1-ON-1 SUPPORT

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.

IT'S BUSINESS TIME

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.

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RESEARCH TOOLS

ATOZDATABASES

Search this database to create sales leads, mailing lists, market research, background searches, and more.

BUSINESS SOURCE COMPLETE

Full-text journals for business, including marketing, management, accounting, and economics, as well as detailed information on public and private companies.

FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE

A searchable online directory of foundations and the grants they provided to nonprofit organizations. Note: Only available from computers in Shadle Park Library.

GALE BUSINESS: DEMOGRAPHICS NOW

Searchable demographics and consumer and business statistics, with directory information and easy business startup reports.

GALE PRESENTS: UDEMY

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages.

IBISWORLD

Detailed market and industry research reports for the U.S.

LEGAL GPS

Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new and existing businesses “do legal” without having to hire a lawyer.

LEARNING EXPRESS

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. 

LINKEDIN LEARNING

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

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.

MORNINGSTAR

Investment information on companies, funds, and markets, along with newsletters, articles, and other educational information fund.

PRONUNCIATOR LANGUAGE LEARNING

Pronunciator includes on-demand, self-paced language learning in over 80 languages.

PITCHBOOK

Research and analyze companies, deals, funds, investors and service providers across the entire private investment lifecycle.

RMA UNIVERSITY

Access to financial benchmarking figures including standards for balance sheet and income statement line items, as well as numerous industry average ratios.

STATISTA

Statistics and market reports on over 80,000 topics arranged by business market sector. Note: Only available from computers in the library.

WASHINGTON STATE LEGAL FORMS

Official Washington State and federal business, personal, real estate, and general legal forms.

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