Business Resources


e-Books  Search our downloadable collection of electronic books for your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Go to "Advanced Search" (upper right) and at the "All Subjects" box, choose the appropriate subject/s (i.e. business, finance). 

Library Catalog  Search the library catalog for business materials that may be of interest to you.
Laptop Resources
Small Business Bestsellers   Check out the latest bestsellers from Amazon.

Electronic Databases & Websites

BusinessUSA  Locate Federal, State, and Local resources for beginning or expanding  your business.  Business plans, financing, legal, online courses, events and more.  A  collaborative effort of government agencies to assist small businesses and exporters.

Computer Database*  Find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

DemographicsNow Library Edition*  Delivers geographic business intelligence for: business and marketing plans, analyzing customers and new markets, targeting direct mail and advertising programs, determining your business location. Create fast and easily- formatted reports and charts.

Exporter's Resource Database  General information, forms, financing, regulations, and much more.  From the U.S. Export Assistance Center.

Florida Electronic Library  This easy-to-use site includes resources for small business - electronic books, demographics, the Small Business Administration and more.

General BusinessFile ASAP*  Access broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.   Locate information on company performance, industry events and trends, economics, management, and more.  Full text.  Images available.

General OneFile*  A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, law, politics, technology, and more. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold*  A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and reference books. Find articles on business, industry, current events, arts and sciences, and more.

Morningstar Investment Research Center*  Mutual funds and investment information. Screen for stocks, funds, ETFs.

ReferenceUSA*  Directory listing of more than 24 million businesses and 89 million U.S. households. Useful  for direct marketing, telemarketing, market research, sales lead generation, sales planning, customer analysis and credit decisions.

Small Business Collection*  Find hundreds of full-text articles from respected business journals.

Small Business Resource Center*  Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.  

ThomasNet Industrial Search  Online version of directory listing 600,000 industrial suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors in North America.

ZINIOe-Magazines. General interest and business magazines in digital format.

* Requires a Library Card Number to access from home.

Obtaining a Library Card

Magazines & Newsletters

The following business and trade periodicals are available for browsing at various Seminole County libraries.

Aviation Week & Space Technology   Aviation and aerospace industry news. 

Barron's   Investment news, financial markets, economic trends, and more.

Black Enterprise   For the African-American business owner. 

BusinessWeek    Finance, technology, management, small business news, and more.

Consumer Reports Money Adviser  Unbiased financial newsletter.  Easy-to-read articles. 

Entrepreneur  Start-up basics, financing, sales and marketing, franchises and more. For the beginning entrepreneur.

Florida Trend  Comprehensive magazine for Florida business owners.  Florida Trend's Small Business page.

Forbes  Business news, investing advice.

Fortune  Business and economic news.

Harvard Business Review  Business management, leadership articles.

Home Business   Business ideas, news, and events for the home-based entrepreneur.

Inc.  Start-up, management, sales and marketing advice.

The Kiplinger Letter  Personal finance advice, business forecasts. 

Money Magazine  Financial tips and financial planning advice.

Moneyletter  Personal finance, analysis of market trends, mutual fund recommendations.


The following newspapers are available for browsing at various Seminole County libraries.

Investor's Business Daily (Daily)
Investing advice for the beginning as well as the experienced investor.   

New York Times (Daily)
World-wide business and financial news.  NYT Small Business page.

Orlando Business Journal (Weekly)
Local business news, resources, and more.  Check out their Book of Lists, available at Reference in various branches.

Orlando Sentinel (Daily)
Central Florida's popular general interest newspaper.   Orlando Sentinel Business page.   

The Wall Street Journal (Daily)
Get in-depth, up-to-date news from the business and financial world.