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! 

Business

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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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, Ground Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-8663

Hours

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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  • * Sunday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Monday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Thursday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Friday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Saturday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
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All About Patents

Mon, May 16, 2016 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Are you interested in applying for a patent?

Do you know the difference between a utility and a design patent?

Want to know more about patents?

Join us to find out about:

  • Utility patents and their application process (provisional and non-provisional patent applications)

  • Design patents & their application process

  • Patent terms, forms, fees and what to expect when working with with the United States Patent & Trademark Office to obtain a patent

Speaker Elizabeth Dougherty, J.D. is the Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition in the Office of Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Catholic University of America in 1991 and a juris doctorate from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in 1996.

This event is free, but please register by calling 215-686-5394 or go to https://allaboutpatents.eventbrite.com

Skyline Room, 4th Floor

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5320

Sample Documents

Person using Computer

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.

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.