Small Business Resources

The Jacksonville Public Library believes that each resident of Duval County has the right to live in an economically sound community. To that end, the Library's Small Business Resources provides free print materials, e-resources, and programs to the residents of Jacksonville to help start and grow small businesses, to find jobs, and to manage their personal finances to achieve economic success.

Business Insights: Essentials

Research national and international companies and industries with in-depth analysis through current news, statistical data, and comprehensive reports.

Search and browse over 420,000 companies for financial information, SWOT analyses, histories and more. Explore industries with reports and case stories, and build an understanding of national and international markets from publications including The Economist and The New York Times.

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Business Plans Handbook Series

Learn how to structure and write a business plan, with examples from actual plans in retail, service, and manufacturing industries.

The Business Plans Handbook Series provides a collection of business plans from companies like lawn care services, house cleaning, food trucks, pet boarding, coffee shops, party planning, and more. A business plan template is also provided to help users develop and structure their own plan.

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Candid Foundation Directory

(Available only at the Main, Beaches, Highlands, Mandarin, Pablo Creek, Regency, South Mandarin, Southeast, Webb, and West libraries.)

Find grants, build better prospect lists, and connect with funders with the most extensive, up-to-date fundraising research tool for organizations and individuals.

The Candid Foundation Directory provides information on more than 200,000 grantmakers from the United States and around the world, with nearly 100,000 new grants and RFPs added weekly. Discover new prospects, leverage your grantmaker results, and connect with potential funders.

DemographicsNow Library Edition

Ideal for consumer and market insight, find highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers.

The DemographicsNow tools and mapping capabilities help users research competitors, analyze market size, build and direct marketing lists, profile current and potential customers, and much more. Generate both standard and custom reports to help make informed and accurate decisions.

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Gale Directory Library

The Gale Directory Library hosts a variety of directory products that particular libraries can choose from. Use it to search, sort and export information from both current directory editions as well as prior editions that are maintained as searchable backfiles. Multiple directories can be cross-searched or users can mine individual directories for the particular kinds of data they contain, such as financial information for companies, circulation figures for publications, and much more.

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Insurance and Liability Collection

Insurance and Liability Collection provides access to academic journals and trade publications covering the insurance industry and topics such as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more. The database offers content of interest to individual property owners and multinational corporations alike.

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LinkedIn Learning

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Learn relevant, professional skills on LinkedIn Learning. All you need is your library card and PIN to enjoy unlimited FREE access to 16,000+ on-demand courses in 7 languages – all taught by passionate, expert instructors with real-world experience. Start learning today, at your own pace and on your schedule! New courses are added each week!

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Keep up to date with technology and gain multimedia, design, web development, and social media skills. And build career-boosting business know-how! Explore hundreds of topics in management, leadership, and marketing.

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For customers using the LinkedIn Learning mobile app please note that the Library ID (case sensitive) is: jaxpubliclibrary.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in the United States and in major international markets. It is a trusted source for insightful information on stocks, mutual funds, variable annuities, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (ETF), separate accounts, hedge funds, and 529 college savings plans.

Login with your Jacksonville Public Library card and access Morningstar Premium reports for free.  Use these resources for financial planning and investment advice in addition to portfolio analysis.  Plan for retirement (retirement cost calculator), college expenses (college cost calculator), or other future pursuits with Morningstar research.

Courtesy of the Jacksonville Public Library and the Morningstar Investment Research Center

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Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.


You can find information on:  U.S. Businesses, U.S. Jobs and Internships, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. New Movers and Homeowners, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Consumers and Lifestyles.

Small Business Collection

Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.  Users will find hundreds of full-text subject appropriate periodicals.

Search this database to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

Small Business Collection

Small Business and Side Hustles

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

Small Business HR: How to Find, Manage and Keep Staff

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Is Your Small Business Dream Owning a Jax Food Truck?

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

Finding Work-Life Balance as a Small Business Owner

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

Harnessing the Power of Diversity in Small Business

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

Level Up Your Small Business Marketing with Life Lit Classes

Small Business and Side Hustles - a Library U newsletter

The Ins and Outs of Operating a Small Business Franchise


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