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Small Business & Entrepreneurs

Build Your Business with Research

The Small Business & Entrepreneur Collection, available at the Library’s Farmington Hills location, provides the resources and guides needed for business success. FCL Cardholders can check out titles spanning a variety of business topics including:

  • Starting a Business
  • Limited Liability
  • Corporations
  • Patent
  • Copyright & Trademarks
  • Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Business Plans
  • Accounting
  • Social Media
  • Marketing

To locate titles in the Small Business/Entrepreneur Collection, visit polpac.farmlib.org. Need help finding the right information? We offer research assistance, free classes and networking opportunities. Stop by one of our locations or give us a call.

Peer Reviewed & Robust Information

Our online resources below offer FCL cardholders the latest market research, insights from current business thinkers, step-by-step planning guides, and instructor-led courses. Expand each category to explore our resources.

AtoZ Databases

provides detailed information on U.S. businesses and their executives and new businesses. Users will find data on over 200 million residents and new movers/homeowners.

Business Book Summaries

provides concise, comprehensive summaries of the best business books. Professionals and students can use these to keep up with the latest information in the business world.

Gale Business: Demographics Now

connects users with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data on U.S. businesses and consumers—making it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

offers the latest insights on entrepreneurship and small business topics for business students and researchers. Content comes from business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies, and company profiles.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing, and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

Reference Solutions (previously Reference USA)

provides extensive corporate and residential contact information. Search by name, location, product, phone number, and more.

Gale Courses

allows users to access hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation, etc. Expert instructors develop courses, many currently employed at universities around the country, with continuous enrollment dates starting every four weeks.

Udemy

offers access to thousands of self-paced, on-demand video courses for the most
in-demand skills across business, technology, design, and personal interest. Courses are added weekly, offering timely in-demand skills and trending competencies, allowing professionals to drive innovation and success in their field. According to consultants at Udemy, 80% of all Fortune 500 companies trust Udemy for employee upskilling.

Legal Forms

Michigan Gale welcomes you to the most extensive free forms site available to library patrons. Thousands of legal forms are available, with more forms added daily.

*Public users should consult an attorney in your state for serious legal matters.

Legal Information Reference Center

offers everyday users the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering various legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are available through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. Warning: Public users should consult an attorney in your state for serious legal matters.

Legal Source

includes coverage of the most respected scholarly law journals, including current issues, studies, thoughts, and trends in the legal world.

Crain’s Detroit Business

Crain’s Detroit Business has been helping readers succeed in business since 1985 as the top Source of news, analysis, and information on business in Southeast Michigan for decision-makers in the private and public sectors.

Regional Business News

provides full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines, and other resources from trusted news sources.

Community Resources

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Schoolcraft College Business Development Center
Business Development Center
Eastern Michigan University
Small Business Development Center
Economic & Community Development
City of Farmington Hills Business & Economic Development
Business & Economic Development