Thursday, March 06, 2014

Calling All Small Business Owners (and Business Owner Want-To-Be's)

Do you own a small business? Do you dream of opening your own business? The Old Bridge Public Library hosts a variety of resources for small business owners and small business start ups.

Once physically in the building, the library offers free Wi-Fi and public computers. Black and white and color printing is available for a nominal charge. Notary Services are available on a first come, first serve basis and are free to holders of valid Old Bridge Library Cards, $2.50 for all others. If you need to brush up on your computer skills, we offer beginner and advanced classes in Microsoft Suites.

If physically getting through the doors of the library is a challenge due to your business hours, with a simple internet connection, your library card lets you take advantage of our online resources such as online classes, databases, and digital magazines.

Universal Class is OBPL's continuing education resource. Online classes are taught by real instructors and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer. Business Related Classes include: Small Business, Home Business, How to Build Your Own Business, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Microsoft Applications, Money Making Strategies, Organizational Finances, Writing Improvement and many more.

Our online databases offer a wealth of information with just a few clicks.
Small Business Resource Center is a database of information and current tips covering topics such as: sample business plans, NJ legal forms, starting a small business, writing a business plan, buying or selling a business, financing a business, marketing and advertising a business or location, and expanding a business.
Corfacts is New Jersey's business-to-business directory. Use it to assess prospects by industry, location, company size, number of employees and revenue size. Identify key decision makers by name or title, sales leads, or assign sales territories, create telemarketing lists, do market research. To access, log in with username: obpl and password obpl123.
Reference USA is a detailed listing of 14 million businesses. Look up company names, phone numbers, addresses and key executive names. Search a company's contact details, franchise and brand information, news, liens, judgments and bankruptcies and even credit rating scores. Target a market by SIC Codes, employee size, sale volume and geo-codes. Find similar businesses in key areas.

Zinio is an online newsstand of digital magazines. Once you download a magazine is yours to keep and read forever. Available business related magazines include Bloomberg, Business Week, The Economist, Forbes and Kiplinger.

If you live, work, or learn in Old Bridge, you are eligible for an Old Bridge Library Card.

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