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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Tao of Content Marketing

Thu, May 5, 2016 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

The Tao of Content Marketing is a seminar that explores a new customer-driven approach to marketing: one that is rooted in Taoist philosophies that are thousands of years old. Learn strategic approaches to digital engagement including search, social media, and content marketing — that will draw your best audiences to you, build trust and credibility, and develop new customer relationships that last.

Specific topics include:

  • Is traditional advertising dead?
  • Organic vs. paid search marketing
  • The role of social media in your marketing mix
  • Content: the “critical other half” of successful digital engagement

Dock Street Brewery will co-sponsor the event, and provide attendees with complimentary, custom-brewed beers (to be selected).

This event is presented as part of Philly Tech Week 2016 by Greg Ippolito and Bob Clements, founders of IMA.

This event is free, but please register by calling 215-686-5394 or go to


Skyline Room, 4th Floor

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Upcoming Events at Parkway Central Library

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
3:30 P.M.
4:00 P.M.

Upcoming Business Events

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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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