While the Business Department at the BRIC is physically closed we remain committed to your professional development. Our programs and services have been moved online. Check out our upcoming virtual programs, schedule an appointment with a librarian, stay current by signing up for our newsletter, and access our virtual library of classes and database demonstrations. Still have questions? Reach out to us and let us know how we can help!
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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.
- Small Business Resources Guide
- Business Model Canvas
- Value Proposition Canvas
- The Entrepreneur's Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania
- Business Structure Options
- Outline of a Business Plan
Business Plan Template
"Business Plan Template." Business Plans Handbook, edited by Donna Craft, vol. 45, Gale, 2019, pp. 163-166. Small Business Plans Handbooks, Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Oct. 2020.
Sample Business Plan: Online Nutrition Coach
Greenland, Paul. "Online Nutrition Coach." Business Plans Handbook, edited by Donna Craft, vol. 45, Gale, 2019, pp. 105-110. Small Business Plans Handbooks, Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Oct. 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Data Axle Reference Solutions (FKA Reference USA): US Consumers & Lifestyles / New Movers & Homeowners
Take a tour of BRIC's go-to demographics and B2C sales list databases
Data Axle Reference Solutions (FKA Reference USA): US Businesses, US New Businesses, and US Healthcare
Take a tour of BRIC's go-to business research and B2B sales list databases.
Take a tour of BRIC's powerful demographics and GIS mapping database.
Take a tour of BRIC's go-to market research database.
Take a tour of BRIC's favorite place to access full-text sample business plans.
Take a tour of the Free Library's premier online learning databases.
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.
- Starting a Business in PA - A Beginner's Guide
- Entrepreneur's Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania
- Starting a Business in PA Checklist
- Guide to Business Licenses and Registration in PA
- PA Business One-Stop-Shop
- City of Philadelphia Business Services
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.