Small Business Resource Center

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The Small Business Resource Center holds an extensive collection of print and digital materials and serves as a collaborative space for brainstorming and networking.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence –  please contact Elizabeth Joseph at 203-351-8224 or ejoseph@fergusonlibrary.org

In addition to the small business collection, the library hosts classes on topics related to small business and networking.

CITY OF STAMFORD Business Information for COVID-19

The Stamford Office of Economic Development put together this resource information page for local businesses to better understand the programs that are currently available at the city, state, and federal levels. This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

CT.gov: Business

A one-stop-shop where entrepreneurs can easily find information and create a checklist with everything required to start up or manage a business in Connecticut. Click here to access.

Small Business Hub

The Small Business Hub research guide from the Library of Congress is designed to highlight where to start, no matter what stage of business you’re in. Each topical page features a few recommended books, free websites, and subscription databases. Additionally, we’ve included links to our in-depth research guides and strategies for solving your business information needs.

Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

Business Reference Experts Select Annual List of Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

The annual Best of the Best Business Reference Websites list is hereby announced.
The list made its first debut in 2009 in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal, and recognizes three websites highly relevant to information professionals involved in providing business reference services.
The theme for 2017 winners is corporate social responsibility:

Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. Their website includes financials and industry reports focused on enabling business leadership in balancing sustainability risks and initiatives. Notable among their resources is the SEC Sustainability Disclosure Search Tool which allows users to screen SEC filings by sustainability issue or topic, company name, and industry group among other filters.

Free/Fee Based: Free

Global Compact is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals. The UNGC Library contains materials issued by the UN Global Compact and key partners to support implementation of the Ten Principles and other relevant issues.

Free/Fee Based: Free

The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their Sustainable Development topic section features research and data to support initiatives in that area in a global context.

Free/Fee Based: Free

Resources for Small Businesses

ABI/Inform

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Comprises ABI/INFORM Global, Trade & Industry, and Dateline databases, with thousands of full-text articles on business and trade.

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Access Business News

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Access Business News - Fully searchable current and archived content from over 350 business journals, news weeklies, and other periodicals covering local to national interests.

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Best's Library Center

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Best's Library Center - Find insurance companies and access in-depth analysis and commentary on insurance companies rated by AM Best. (Only available on-site at the Ferguson Library.)

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Census Bureau

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Census Bureau - Comprehensive data from the U.S. Census, providing information on the nation's people and economy including the Decennial Census of Population and Housing and the American Community Survey.

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Data Axle Reference Solutions

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Data Axle Reference Solutions - Premier source of nationwide directories for 24 million business and 89 million residences, 2.5 million job listings, detailed information on 255 thousand physicians and dentists, plus market research and neighborhood research.

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EDGAR

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The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system provides access to domestic and foreign company filings from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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