Business Center Collection and State Library Resources


Small Business Corner

Introductory Sources


Web Sites

Better Business Bureau
Small business owners can use this site to gather information and for dispute resolution assistance. Customers can find information for help solve problems with companies.

Chamber of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce provides small business owners assistance and often networking opportunities. Check your local office to find out what their activities include. They also provide advocacy in Washington, D.C. 

Small Business Administration (SBA)
An advocate for small business people, their Web site provides articles on topics related to starting a small business, finance, management, disaster recovery, training and others.


The following databases are available with a Pratt library card.

Business Insights: Essentials
Research industry trends, marketing data, business rankings and market share along with company financials and history.

Access Business
Access articles on a variety of business topics taken from business journals, such as Daily Record (Baltimore), Crain’s New York Business (NYC), Dolan’s Virginia Business Observer (Norfolk)

Reference USA
Competitive analysis is just one of the benefits of using this database, for those in a business-to-business B2B concern Reference USA is a great way to generate sales lists.

NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's)
S&P's database contains current industry surveys, monthly investment reports, and financial education modules. Use this resource to research industry trends. This database replaces the print versions of Industry Surveys and Monthly Investment Reports.