Business

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!

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Our Services

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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.

Upcoming Events

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Virtual Ask a Business Consultant: Office Hours with Temple Small Business Development Center

Wed, June 1, 2022 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Temple Small Business Development Center  (SBDC) is here to answer your business questions! We’re hosting virtual office hours with a business consultant who can help current and prospective entrepreneurs with a variety of business concerns, including business planning, business…

Headshots in the Rare Book Department!

Thu, June 2, 2022 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Calling all bibliophiles, history lovers, artists, curioseekers, and professionals! The FREE headshot service you love in the Business Resource and Innovation Center  will be offered in the Rare Book Department 's Elkins Library in June! Join us on Thursdays, June 2 and June…

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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 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.

Classes

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 Ffree 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.

Database Demonstrations

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.

Online Resources

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.

Partners

Philadelphia offers a vast array of small business development resources. We are proud to call these organizations partners as we work together to foster the small business community.