The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) is an essential part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Philadelphia. 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.

We assist entrepreneurs in the for-profit and nonprofit arenas at every stage, helping to improve their skills through public programs and individualized guidance in research and planning. We collaborate with many local and national agencies to provide specialized programs and expert mentoring.

Of course we collect and organize print and digital resources, as well. We also curate the human resources which build networks of support and expertise.

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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Room 202
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This month we’re speaking with Robert Goza, Lead Economic Development Specialist/Public Information Officer at the U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office . Rob joined the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office team in 2013. He previously served as Regional Communications Director for SBA’s… continue reading

By CaitlinT   June 15, 2017   

Here at the  Patent and Trademark Resource Center in the Business Resource & Innovation Center at the Parkway Central Library , we are lucky to work with some amazing organizations who are dedicated to growing Philadelphia’s small business and inventor community. This month, we are excited to highlight the … continue reading

By Sharyl O.   May 23, 2017   

Here at the Business Resource & Innovation Center , we are lucky to work with some amazing organizations who are dedicated to growing Philadelphia’s small business community. This month, we are excited to highlight the Independence Business Alliance , Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce. We’d like to… continue reading

By CaitlinT   April 21, 2017   

Each month the Regional Foundation Center newsletter features a local funder, nonprofit, or service provider who highlights their organization's services and how they support the social sector. This month we are excited to have Caity Tingo and Gillian Robbins, business librarians in the Free Library's Business Resource &… continue reading

By Caitlin S.   March 29, 2017    1

'Tis the season for goal-setting! You might be feeling merry and motivated right now, but as the year gallops along, don't let your resolve wane. Lean on the Free Library to keep your resolutions! Our mission, of course is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity, and those align perfectly with many of the… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 29, 2016    2

Love it or hate it, we’ve all heard of the great sporting event that is Black Friday. If you’re up for the chaos, Black Friday is a great opportunity to score deals on discounted merchandise, but what if you’re looking for something more... unique? Or an opportunity to shop that doesn’t require getting up at… continue reading

By CaitlinT   November 17, 2016   

BRIC is excited to announce our new “Business and Brews” series! Join us inside the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) at Parkway Central Library the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. for a networking hour with light beverages, provided by Two Roads Brewing Company (ID required) and sponsored by The… continue reading

By Juanita V.   September 13, 2016   

If you’re a local service provider, ReferenceUSA’s database U.S. New Movers/Homeowners  is a great resource for your small business. Offering hundreds of thousands of new additions each week, ReferenceUSA’s research teams monitor public records to reveal where people are moving throughout the United… continue reading

By CaitlinT   May 11, 2016