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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Better Investing

Tue, January 24, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Want to learn how to start or grow your own stock portfolio with a small amount of cash? Through time-tested, common sense investing principles, Better Investing teaches investors how to make sense of company information and choose smart stocks. You'll learn to focus on what really matters for investing success.

Since 1951, Better Investing has been the voice of the Individual investor – uniting everyday people from all walks of life with a common interest in improving their financial futures. You can begin investing for as little as $10/month.

In this workshop we will cover:

  • How to get started investing in stocks
  • Understanding the principles for choosing a good stock
  • What tools you need to start selecting stocks and building your portfolio
  • Information about local investment clubs that you can attend and learn more about investing

The workshop will be lead by Jamila Payne of the Philadelphia Area Chapter of Better Investing

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

Rooms 405/406/407, 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

Saturday, February 29, 2020
1:00 P.M.

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.


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.