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. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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FULL Office Hours: Penn Law Intellectual Property Clinic

Tue, February 25, 2020 4:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Got a question to ask a lawyer?   Entrepreneurs, nonprofit directors, artists and inventors: you can reserve an appointment to attend free consultations with the Penn Law Intellectual Property Clinic .  Student Counselors (together with their…

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Patent, Trademark & Copyright Toolkit

Wed, February 26, 2020 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Do you want to protect your invention, product, brand name, logo, short story, or song that you’ve created? If so, register for our free one-hour class to learn about Intellectual Property (IP) protections available to you ... The different types of IP available  Where to apply for IP…

Adult Business Discussion and Participation Workshops and Enrichment Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Nonprofit Business and Entrepreneurs Patents & Trademarks

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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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