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.
  • * Monday had hour changes - Columbus Day
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Foodie Forum: Equipping Food Entrepreneurs for Business Success

Mon, October 3, 2016 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Foodie Forum: Equipping Food Entrepreneurs for Business Success

Do you want to start a food service business? Are you looking for food business funding information and assistance? Are you looking for commercial kitchen space to start or grow your food business? Please join us in welcoming speakers Kim Carter, Vice President of Community Partnerships, and Allison Blansfield, Director of Food Systems from the Enterprise Center

Learn about the services of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE), a food business incubator, and one of the services available at the Enterprise Center.  Learn how to access the commercial kitchen space at the CCE, along with the additional business services provided by The Enterprise Center (TEC) for new and established businesses.

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
10:30 A.M.
11:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M.

Upcoming Business Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 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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