Whether you are an emerging entrepreneur or an established small business owner, the Business Resource and Innovation Center is here for you!
If you are running a successful company, thinking of growing your business, or just planning your first venture, start here! Dedicated to assisting the professionals of Greater Philadelphia in all stages of business growth, the BRIC offers a variety of resources to help fit the needs of the community. Are you looking to narrow down your target market? Find your ideal demographic? Identify and analyze your competition? We can help you do that!
See what everyone is saying about our great service!
- Present and provide free and low-cost workshops and programs
- Provide free access to electronic resources
- Access to video library of classes as and database demonstrations
- Provide a comprehensive collection of print resources on topics including: business planning, marketing, accounting/bookkeeping management, advertising, and website building
- Curated list of online resources and sample documents
- Extensive network of local and national partners
- Request a small group meeting room
The Business Resource and Innovation Center is excited to offer one-on-one sessions with a librarian. We can provide individual training on our databases with regard to market research, demographics, competitors, sales lists, and general business planning.
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5 Things to Do Today to Stay in Business Tomorrow
Wed, April 5, 2023
Parkway Central Library
Are you a small business owner struggling to navigate the legal challenges that come with running your own business? If so, join our upcoming webinar to learn about the legal problems that commonly hurt small businesses and cause them to fail. We will also provide you with actionable solutions…
Headshots + Resume Review at the BRIC!
Thu, April 6, 2023
Parkway Central Library
Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center! Headshots are a unique service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more. Use your photo to enhance your professional portfolio and make your LinkedIn profile stand out among the…
Just getting started? Find inspiration in this collection of sample business documents and quick resource guides. If you need additional assistance, contact the BRIC business department or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.
- Small Business Resources Guide
- Business Model Canvas
- Value Proposition Canvas
- The Entrepreneur's Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania
- Business Structure Options
- Outline of a Business Plan
Business Plan Template
"Business Plan Template." Business Plans Handbook, edited by Donna Craft, vol. 45, Gale, 2019, pp. 163-166. Small Business Plans Handbooks, Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Oct. 2020.
Sample Business Plan: Supply Chain Consultant
Greenland, Paul. "Supply Chain Consultant." Business Plans Handbook, edited by Donna Craft, vol. 52, Gale, 2022, pp. 167-178. Gale eBooks.
Databases and Digital Resources
Explore our extensive collection of premier business databases. If you need additional assistance utilizing the databases contact the BRIC business department or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.
Video Content Library
Explore our video library which includes our most popular classes as well as demonstrations on how to access and use the business databases.
Did you miss a class? Did you forget which database does what? Do you need a refresher course? We are excited to provide on-demand access to our classes on YouTube.
Business Plan Toolkit
New to entrepreneurship, business research, or writing a business plan? Start here! Learn to use Free Library resources to research your business plan professionally! This class is broken down into five parts: Introduction to Business Plans and Industry Classification Codes, Competitive Analysis, Demographics, Market Research, and Financials and Additional Free Resources in Philadelphia.
Introduction to Market Research
Learn to conduct market research using Free Library resources! This class will introduce you to the knowledge required to begin researching your industry to better understand the state of your product or service. Get an introduction to industry codes, gain a better understanding of the market using demographic data, and examine the market share by researching the competition.
Creating a Competitive Analysis
Learn how to conduct a competitive analysis using Free Library resources! This class will help you identify your industry competitors, profile your key competition, and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors against your own company.
Introduction to Demographic Research: Finding Your Target Audience
Learn how to find and narrow your target audience using Free Library databases and other free online resources! In this session you will learn how to make use of demographics, psychographics, market research, and open data.
Business research is an important component of business ownership because it helps to lay the foundation on which businesses start and grow! Learn how to access information on business plans, industry trends and opportunities, demographics, sales leads, competitors, and best practices using our premier business databases.
Take a tour of BRIC's most advanced market research database, D&B Global Business Browser!
Take a tour of BRIC's favorite place to access full-text sample business plans.
Take a tour of BRIC's go-to business planning database.
Take a tour of BRIC's go-to market research database.
Take a tour of the Free Library's premier online learning databases.
Take a tour of BRIC's go-to business research and B2B sales list databases.
Take a tour of BRIC's go-to demographics and B2C sales list databases
Take a tour of BRIC's powerful demographics and GIS mapping database.
Curated especially for the needs of local entrepreneurs, these websites will help you continue your research, and stay informed about the Philadelphia small business network! For more information, contact the BRIC business department or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.
- Library Resources for Small Businesses: A Resource Guide by the Business Resource and Innovation Center
- Starting a Business in PA - A Beginner's Guide
- Entrepreneur's Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania
- Starting a Business in PA Checklist
- Guide to Business Licenses and Registration in PA
- PA Business One-Stop-Shop
- City of Philadelphia Business Services