Business Support

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The economic effects of COVID-19 have been especially challenging for the region's small business community. The Library doesn't want this current situation to derail your plans and dreams. Whether you already have a business or you see an unmet need and want to start a business, the Library has the expertise and tools to help you:

  • Learn about the business you're interested in
  • Know your competition
  • Define your overall goals
  • Create a business plan

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We also have dozens of great business research tools and materials that you can access for free with your Library card. Need help getting started? Email our Business & Workforce Department or call 419.259.5244.

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Email Our Small Business and Nonprofit Department

Small Business and Nonprofit Assistance Sessions

We're bringing our small business and nonprofit know­-how to Library locations throughout Lucas County. Each month, you’ll find business and nonprofit specialist librarians at:

New schedule:

Mott: First Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kent: Second Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Locke: Second Tuesday | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Heatherdowns: Third Tuesday | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sanger: Fourth Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Receive assistance with business plans, industry and donor research, nonprofit grants, and more!

45-minute appointments are available. Schedule an appointment to get started.

Questions? Contact us!

External Business Resources

Business Programs

Business Research Tools

Business Book Summaries provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books. With these summaries, professionals and students can keep up with the latest information in the business world and learn more effectively. Summaries also available in Chinese, French, German and Spanish. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO


A complete resource for all aspects of business, including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and more with full text from over 2,200 journals. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO


Designed to help companies gain a deeper understanding of their market opportunities so they can make more informed decisions, stay ahead of the competition and close more deals by combining and analyzing data from a wide variety of sources. Third-Party Provider: Dun and Bradstreet


Access hundreds of books and publications within 21 different topics including the arts, biography, business, education, the environment, history, LGBTQ, medicine, multicultural studies and race and civil rights. Email, download, print or save pages. Also available at an iOS app or Google Play app. Third-Party Provider: Gale


Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also includes a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language. Third-Party Provider: Gale


Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new & existing businesses "do legal" without having to hire a lawyer.

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Offers more than 13,000 courses that include more than 100,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including design, business, office software and personal and professional goals. Third-Party Provider: LinkedIn Learning. Available as an iOS app or Google Play app.

First time app users will be asked to enter the "libraryname" at the end of the URL: OH0215


Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more. The database is searchable by advanced criteria and resources are able to be downloaded and printed. Third-Party Provider: Mergent Inc


Offers business intelligence, industry trends, market research, stats, leads, plus company contacts for over 30 different major industries and tips for job seekers. Third-Party Provider: Plunkett


Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion). 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. Third-Party Provider: Data Axle


Contains full-text articles from 75 journals, newspapers and newswires about businesses from across the U.S. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO


Get a step-by-step guide to creating and completing a business plan. Explore entrepreneurial interests and opportunities, learn about the nonprofit sector and how to grow and position your business for long-term success and more. Third-Party Provider: Gale


Watch videos and browse sources on a variety of business areas from accounting to marketing to operations. Get industry information by small business type and learn business basics. Third-Party Provider: EBSCO


Business Blogs

If you work with/support a nonprofit that has experienced financial difficulties during the pandemic, your Toledo Lucas County Public Library is here to assist.

Continue Reading: Assistance for Nonprofits

If you’re a business owner who’s struggling, we can help!

Continue Reading: Business Assistance During COVID-19

Doing Business With the Library

Vendors and sub-contractors may wish to monitor this page of the Library website for postings of projects, goods, and services opportunities.