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The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia supports entrepreneurs, nonprofits, job seekers, and inventors at every stage, helping to improve their skills through individualized guidance in research, public programs, and curated print and digital resources. We create multiple entry points for those with ideas, plans, skills, and passions, enabling people to make fact-based decisions in order to fulfill their goals.

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1901 Vine Street , Ground Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-8663

Hours

Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Events

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Virtual Full Circle Career Workshop: Excel Functions Employers Value

Thu, August 18, 2022 3:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Learn the Excel functions employers value:  IF statements, VLOOKUP, TRIM, RIGHT and LEFT, plus a basic review of Basic Math (PEMDAS) for formula writing. To join, please register  here . Zoom meeting information will be emailed upon registration. Full Circle Career Workshops…

JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ Virtual Information Session

Fri, August 19, 2022 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Are you a Philadelphia resident age 55+ and looking for employment? JEVS Human Services can help! JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ invites you to attend a virtual information session! This FREE non-profit program provides career counseling and job placement assistance for mature job seekers who are…

Virtual Intermediate Grant Writing

Tue, August 23, 2022 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Intermediate Grant Writing is an interactive webinar that will build on the teachings of the first two parts of the Grant Writing Series. In this session, participants will learn and review aspects of a good grant proposal and practice reviewing actual grants. Bring your questions as there will…

Introduction to Market Research

Wed, August 24, 2022 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

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. Learn the importance of researching your industry Get an…

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Blog Posts

August is National Black Business Month

August is National Black Business Month ! Philadelphia is home to a wide array of Black-owned businesses, from art galleries to restaurants and so much more. Just how many Black-owned businesses are there in Philadelphia? In 2019, Pew Charitable… continue reading

By Claire L.    August 18, 2022   

International Chess Day is July 20th

Chess is thriving! The New York Times recently reported that interest in chess is at a 50 year high, the highest level since the 1972 World Chess Championship between American Bobby Fischer (1943-2008) and Soviet Boris Spassky (1937 - ). Bobby… continue reading

By Sharyl O.    July 20, 2022   

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 optimizing a… continue reading

By Sharontina H.    April 16, 2021    4   

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 to give… continue reading

By Caitlin S.    April 13, 2021   

Press

Technical.ly Philly

If you're in the "I have an idea but now what?" stage of entrepreneurship, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Parkway Central branch makes for a great first stop. Just don't expect free coffee.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

For its 570,441 cardholders, the Free Library system offers thousands of resources, materials, online courses, workshops, and classes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

In the Free Library's new Business Resource and Innovation Center, you can be as noisy as you want, even eat there. You can get free headshots taken for your LinkedIn profile, or a video of you practicing pitches. Or take a class on how to write a business plan.

WHYY

Check out the latest edition of the Free Library, exult in the beauty of Fairmount Park, or follow the footsteps of African-American artists in North Philly.

WHYY

The expansion of the Library includes a new teen center with video games; a Manga animation collection, and young adult novels; a small business resource center with powerful wifi and onsite consultants; and 7,200 square feet of undetermined public space with chairs, tables, power outlets, and meeting rooms to be used however one wishes.

NBC Philadelphia

In its largest renovation since its opening in 1927, the Free Library of Philadelphia is set open 41,000 square feet of newly reimagined space within the Parkway Central Library after years of planning and renovation.

GlobeSt.com

The Free Library of Philadelphia's renovation is the largest since it was completed in 1927, and increases the building's public space to 68 percent.

PhillyVoice

There will be three new areas: the Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC), and the Marie and Joseph Field Teen Center.

American Library Association

Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century is the fifth installment in the Association's "Quick Reads for Busy Librarians" series. The Quick Reads series features publications under 100 pages long and covering topics deemed essential to modern public library workers.

Philadelphia VIP

The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) of the Free Library of Philadelphia is a core partner of Phialdelphia VIP's LawWorks program, the city's only broad-based provider of critical legal support to the small businesses and nonprofits creating employment opportunities, generating tax revenues, and serving their communities.

Philadelphia Magazine

The Free Library's Business Resource and Innovation Center wants to teach Philly entrepreneurs a thing or two about pitching. Next week, the Parkway Central Library will launch the Pitch Corner, a new resources and space for innovators where they can hone their business pitches and strengthen elevator pitches about their assets and aptitudes.

Philly.com

The Free Library of Philadelphia on Wednesday will launch the Pitch Corner, a new tool for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and job seekers. It's a semiprivate space in the Parkway Central Library's business center where start-ups can practice and record their pitch in front of a video camera.

Social Innovations Journal

3rd Place: BRIC librarians represented by Rebekah Ray. The Free Library of Philadelphia, Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) curates information for and fosters the growth of new social enterprises and nonprofits.