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Writing a Business Plan? These Resources Can Help

Industry and market research is an important piece of any business plan, and SIBL provides access to specialized information that is not available on the internet. Read More ›

Learn How to Advertise in Social Media: Part 1 of SIBL's Online Customer Acquisition Series

As we approach the start date (May 5, 2016) of our upcoming Online Customer Acquisition Series, we interviewed Maisha Walker, the presenter. Maisha is a digital marketing expert, and she shares with us a bit about what we will learn in Part 1: Social Media Advertising Overview.Read More ›

Book Review: Born for This by Chris Guillebeau

Do you dream of doing work that you enjoy and that pays well? Do you dream about starting your own business to do what you actually like? Chris Guillebeau thinks you can and wants to show you how.Read More ›

Stuck In a Small Business Rut?

We’ve all been there… day in, day out, same thing, we’re tired physically and emotionally. It’s no longer fulfilling. We wonder where our initial passion for our business went, and whether we are doing the right thing. Help! How do we get out of this rut?Read More ›

What to Do When Prospects Don't Understand Your Product or Service

Do your clients rave about your product or service, but prospective customers don't quite understand what you do? The culprit may be your marketing approach.Read More ›

Learn About Brain Exercise for Hyper-Productivity on February 2 at SIBL

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to exercise. But what about exercising our brains to get more things done?Read More ›

SBA: Veterans Business Resources Day

To serve veterans and their families, and celebrate the Veterans Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration presents Veterans Business Resources Day on Wednesday, November 4.Read More ›

Business Plan Winner: Chocoholics of the World, Get Ready!

Today is National Chocolate Day and, to our delight, The Harlem Chocolate Factory is here to stay. Learn about this “chocolate cultural experience” and its founder Jessica Spaulding, owner and founder, who has been living, breathing and eating chocolate for as long as she can remember.Read More ›

Guide to Resources for Freelancers and Business Owners

You may be setting out on your own as a freelancer or small business owner, but you don't have to do it alone. You have the world-class resources of The New York Public Library to help you every step of the way, from the planning stages all the way through to retirement.Read More ›

SBA: 8 Steps to Becoming a Consultant at 50 Plus

A Small Business Administration blog post authored by Caron Beesley. Caron is a small business owner, a writer, and marketing communications consultant.Read More ›

SBA: 5 Ways to Build Trust in a Business

A U.S. Small Business Administration blog post authored by Marco Carbajo. Marco is a business credit expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle.Read More ›

SIBL Hosts 2014 NYC Small Business Technology Expo

On a rainy November 6 SIBL hosted The 2nd annual NYC Small Business Technology Expo. This free event is part of a citywide initiative supported by the New York City Department of Small Business Services, Citi Community Development, and the The NYC Small Business Technology Coalition.Read More ›

Small Business Administration Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

In honor of Women's History Month, Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Women's Business Ownership invites you to join the conversation on "Office Hours," "How to Sell Online" and "STEM and Growing Hi-Tech Firms."Read More ›

elaws: Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses

Do you have employment legal issues and would like to seek help from an employment law advisor?

elaws may be an important source of legal information for you.

The elaws Advisors are one of a number of tools developed to further Department of Labor's dedication to provide clear, accurate and accessible information on its laws and protect the wages, health benefits, retirement security, safety and health of America's workforce.

The elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small 

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Diverse Perspectives: People with Disabilities Fulfilling Your Business Goals

The following article provides invaluable information on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce and in the marketplace. It is a publication of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

By fostering a culture of diversity, or a capacity to appreciate and value individual differences, in all aspects of their operations, employers benefit from varied perspectives on how to confront business challenges and achieve 

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Blueprint for Your Business Future: Workshops for Immigrant Enterprises at Brooklyn Public Library

Can your business continue without you? Learn to create an exit strategy to maximize the value of your business.

Brooklyn Public Library offers a three-part series of FREE workshops to help you plan for the future of your business and your family.

The three sessions will be led by business consultant Shirley Leung, Principal, NYC2020, LLC.

Session 1: Transition Planning: Why Plan Now?

Tuesday, Aug. 20 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Anticipate unexpected circumstances  Avoid costly expenses and taxes Find the best strategy ... Read More ›

Business Books from "The Economist," July 13, 2013

The July 13, 2013 Economist included its quarterly business book reviews. Here is a listing.

For those interested in the articles, you can find them through some of our electronic resources—We recommend our Infotrac Newsstand database, available from home with a library card. Or you can find them on The Economist's website (if you're a subscriber). For those not ready to read those, I've included for each book, based on the articles, a short squib.

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50 Years of National Small Business Week

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week. Although things have certainly changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, one thing that hasn't changed is America's entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities.

This week, President Obama has continued America's tradition of honoring the spirit and success of American small business owners by proclaiming June 17–21 to be 2013's National Small Business Week. Small businesses have 

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New Business Bestsellers: May 2013

Here is a selection of books new to The New York Times list of Business Best Sellers published in the Business Section print edition Sunday, May 5. Plus, a quick look at the Nielsen BookScan in the May 4 and 11 editions of The Wall Street Journal shows some titles new to this column. Enjoy!

Each title is noted with its ranking. Click on any title below to place a hold on the item. If necessary update your contact information (phone number or e-mail address) so you are notified when the book arrives for you at your local 

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Adventures in Marketing Research: IBISWorld - Market Research Reports

I know the danger of first impressions. And of reportage on the basis of superficial knowledge. But when something newsworthy comes along, caution must yield in the moment. So, permit me to introduce you to NYPL's newest marketing research electronic resource: IBISWorld.

Let's start with a (nearly) real-world example from the research desk at SIBL—Where can I find 

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