Whether you are an emerging entrepreneur or an established small business owner, the Business Resource & 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!

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The Business Resource & 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, target demographics, competitors, and general business planning. Appointments are generally 45 minutes to one hour in length. Schedule your appointment today.

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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor
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.
  • * Friday had hour changes - Good Friday

Upcoming Events

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Office Hours: Registered Patent Agent

Mon, April 22, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Interested in protecting your invention or design with a patent? Would you like to talk to a registered patent agent for free? We are pleased to announce that we are scheduling appointments for free 1 hour Patent consultations with registered Patent Agent Scott Keeley from the Intellectual…

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Being a Better Board Member: Nonprofit Governance Training

Tue, April 23, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

What are your obligations and proper roles when serving as a member of the governing Board of a charitable entity? How can you best assist with strategic decision-making and support the CEO in taking calculated risks? How do Boards of different sizes work together well to effect necessary…

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Sample Documents

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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.

Databases & 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.


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