July 29, 2013
Do you currently own or are you looking to start a new business in Marathon County? Visit the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) of the Marathon County Public Library. The SBRC is a service of the Marathon County Public Library that provides support and tools for growth to community businesses with industry information, educational opportunities and communication channels to local experts and business resources. The library offers both onsite and online resources.
The virtual portal of the Small Business Resource Center is located at www.mcpl.us/services/small-business. From this page you may utilize several business resources subscribed to by the library. This includes ReferenceUSA, a popular directory that may be used to locate businesses by keyword or industry within a defined geographic radius, find detailed company information (including: business profile, demographics, company news, stock data, historical data, UCC filings, competitors listing, etc.), and more.
Another excellent online tool for small businesses is the Learning Express Library. Users are able to take a variety of tutorials on skills ranging from Microsoft Office and Adobe CS to reading, writing and math. If you need to research business news, company profiles or conduct market research, try one of our database options: Business Source Premier or EBSCOhost. The SBRC page includes links to local non-profit business organizations, business forms, networking sites, ordinances & codes, and Business Start-Up/How-To Guides as well.
The library also carries an extensive collection of business related books onsite. Each MCPL branch carries its own selection of business materials. Check out our library catalog at http://vcat.wvls.org to start browsing.
All you need to start using the online library resources or check out books is a library card. Individuals may sign up for a library card at any of the Marathon County Public Library locations, or online at www.mcpl.us/account/apply.
All branches of the Marathon County Public Library also have meeting space, internet computers, free Wi-fi and copy machines available if you need to get some work done out of the office or home. Call your local branch to schedule a meeting room today!