Tagged Business Resource & Innovation Center

Business Librarian and Business Owner: Business Plans Made Easy with Gale Business Plan Builder

Have you ever wished you could find a resource that would practically write your business plan for you? Well, your wish has come true! Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing, and…

Five Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit

Are you thinking about starting a nonprofit organization? In the Regional Foundation Center (RFC), the Free Library’s resource center for nonprofits, we see lots of folks who are committed to helping their community and want…

Business Librarian to Business Owner: Do Your Research! Trademark Edition

If you’ve been following our previous blog installments , then you will probably recall last month’s account of competitor copy-cat syndrome . We haven’t heard a word from this business since then, mainly because they…

Women and Investing: A Panel Discussion in Celebration of Women’s History Month

Vanguard and the Free Library of Philadelphia will present a lively panel discussion in celebration of Women's History Month on Monday, March 22, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Sharon Hill, Ph.D., Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Alpha…

Ask an Accountant: Business Edition

‘Tis the season for thawing, Shamrock Shakes, and Spring (finally!). It’s also tax season, so we’re hitting you with some hard truths about everyone’s favorite topic: accounting! We spoke with Joey Pfluger from…

Business Librarian and Business Owner: Protect Your Ideas

Protect Your Ideas As a business owner, you probably already have or most definitely will come up with great ideas. Afterall, great ideas are what businesses are born from and what sustains them. Great ideas also present…

Business Librarian and Business Owner: Goal Setting and Planning

The new year brings about an urgency to create new goals, make resolutions, change some of our habits, and look toward the future. This applies not only to our personal lives, but to business as well—whether you’re in the…

At Home with BRIC: Take a Deep Dive Into Company and Demographic Research with Reference Solutions

The Business Resource and Innovation Center ’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So put on some cozy clothes,…

Business Librarian and Business Owner: Gaining Visibility

In the world of entrepreneurship, one of the most challenging aspects of business ownership is finding ways to let the most people know that your business exists, i.e. visibility. There are many factors that will determine which…

New Virtual Career Workshops

Have you been meaning to revise your resume, but are not sure how to get started? Would you like to learn new skills to conquer your next job interview? Are you interested in making your LinkedIn profile stand out? Check…

At Home with BRIC: Compiling Free Sales Lists

The Business Resource and Innovation Center’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So put on some comfy clothes, grab a…

Business Librarian and Business Owner: Let's Talk Money

Managing the finances of a small business can be one of the most intimidating and challenging aspects of running a business. If you’re just not that into numbers (like me), it can be difficult to keep a balance between effectively…

At Home with BRIC: Finding Your Target Audience

The Business Resource and Innovation Center ’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So grab your pup, a caffeinated…

Business Librarian and Business Owner: Use Your Resources

Being a business owner can be tough, because there are so many moving parts and the only constant is change. It’s even more difficult to own and operate a business during a global pandemic when nothing is "normal" and…

At Home with BRIC: Creating a Competitive Analysis

The Business Resource and Innovation Center’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So grab your cat, a hot beverage,…

Business Librarian and Business Owner: You Have to Start Somewhere

For most, actually starting a business is the most difficult part of the process. You have books and books of notes with ideas, plans, and maybe even some concrete pathways you plan to take to achieve your goals, but deciding how to…

At Home with BRIC: An Introduction to Searching Business Databases

Business research is such an important component of business ownership because it helps to lay the foundation on which businesses stand as it relates to industry trends, opportunities, and best practices. Business research is a type of…

Business Librarian and Business Owner: An Exciting Dichotomy

I’m sure there are many people who are multi-passionate and find joy both in their careers and in the hobbies that bridge the gap between a simple smirk and a big ear-to-ear smile. Business Librarian Sharontina V. Huzzy I could…

At Home with BRIC: Virtual Nonprofit Resources

Whether you are working from home or working in your socially-distanced cubicle, the Regional Foundation Center at the Free Library is here to support you virtually. Check out some of our favorite resources that can be accessed from…

At Home with BRIC: Conducting Market Research

The Business Resource and Innovation Center’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So grab your cat, a hot beverage,…