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!

Our Services

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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, 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.
  • * Monday had hour changes - Presidents' Day

Upcoming Events

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Disrupting the Patriarchy 2017: Negotiating and Getting Things Done

Wed, March 8, 2017 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

The art of negotiating is a critical skill for everyone, especially women.  It's no secret that women are typically paid less than men over their lifetimes.  How can we change that?   Join us for this unique event where you will walk away with the first steps in how to…

Adult Business Business & Economics

Green Economy Fair & Panel Discussion

Fri, March 10, 2017 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Meet the entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who are growing the green economy of the future both locally and globally! Panel discussion: 10:00 a.m. Montgomery Auditorium Moderated by Julie Zeglen of Generocity Panelists include: Emily Schapira - Philadelphia Energy Authority Micah…

Adult Business Community Events Discussion and Participation Speakers and Lectures Workshops and Enrichment Business & Entrepreneurs Environment & Nature Nonprofit Philadelphia

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Sample Documents

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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