Business

Market Research

Data Axle Reference Solutions
Searchable directories, including US Consumers, US New Movers, and US Businesses, will help you find potential customers as well as information about competitors. See how your business' location has fared since 1997 with US Historical Businesses. Formerly known as ReferenceUSA.

Books & Journals

Business Source Elite
Articles from top business, management, and economics journals and periodicals, in full text, including Harvard Business Review.

Hoopla Digital
Browse thousands of business ebooks organized by category, from Accounting to Sales, from Small Business to Workplace Culture. Create a login with your library card barcode number and PIN (the last four digits of your library card barcode).

Library's Business Book Collection
Scroll through a listing of business books in the library catalog to find books to check out at the New Providence library.

Regional Business News
Articles from regional business newspapers, including njbiz and Crains' New York Business.

Small Business Reference Center
A comprehensive resource for small business owners and those starting a business. Full text of top consumer small business reference books, including forms published by NOLO, and a section on business startup resources that is browsable by state.

Courses

BrainFuse Help Now - To connect with a live expert to learn Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint, log in with your library card barcode number, click on Adult Learning Center and click Microsoft Office Help.   Access ends 6/15.

Grow with Google
Free courses for small businesses and startups.

L2B - Libraries to Business
Free webinars to strengthen your business, from New Jersey libraries.

Lynda.com
Lynda.com offers business, marketing and career development video courses which are free with a library card. Log in with your library card barcode number and PIN (the last four digits of your library card barcode).

Small Business Administration Learning Center
Free courses for those planning, launching, managing or growing their small business.

Legal Resources

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information for New Jersey Businesses
Guidance on restrictions and information on economic assistance from the state.

Legal Information Reference Center
Legal forms and full text of consumer legal books.  The "Business and Corporations" category includes Business Accounting & Audits, Consulting & Contracting, Human Resources, Ownership Structures, and Starting a Business.

New Jersey Department of Labor Employer Handbook
An employer's guide to New Jersey's unemployment, disability, and workforce development programs.

New Jersey Division of Taxation - Starting a Business in New Jersey
Learn about business registration, taxes and fees for businesses in New Jersey.

New Jersey Business Portal
A portal with information for starting and operating a business in New Jersey from the NJ Department of State.

Rutgers Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic
The clinic provides corporate and transactional legal services to New Jersey nonprofit corporations (specifically those corporations that provide services geared to the needs of lower-income people in the City of Newark and nearby urban areas), start-up for-profit businesses and microenterprises, charter schools, and individuals such as artists and inventors.

Union County Bar Association
Union County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service.  The initial consultation is an inexpensive way of seeing whether a lawyer is a good fit for you. For the referral service's phone number and hours, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Local Organizations

America's Small Business Development Center at Kean University
Serving small business owners in Union County since 1988.  Educational and business resources are available to counsel and train small business owners to finance, market and manage their companies.

New Providence Business Community
A community that plans, operates and provides funding for New Providence events. Their meetings provide a forum for members to exchange ideas and experiences.  The New Providence Business Community website also posts job openings for member businesses.

New Jersey Business & Industry Association
Resources available to non-members include the Manufacturing Marketplace and NJ Business Magazine.   

SCORE
Free mentoring and webinars are available from the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors.

Suburban Chamber of Commerce
The local chamber of commerce for Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit provides networking events for members and publishes The Collection, a free magazine delivered to all local households.

UCEDC
Since 1977, a private nonprofit economic development corporation helping small businesses in New Jersey by making loans, training and mentoring business owners, helping businesses obtain government contracts, and providing Union County business reports.

Signs of life!

As the snow begins to melt, we see positive signs of brighter days ahead.  Infection rates in town continue to drop and the COVID Committee of the Board of Trustees continues to monitor virus progress in the community.  We have been meeting regularly to evaluate whether conditions are right for re-opening.  As always, the safety of our patrons and staff is of prime importance. 

We are happy to announce that we will once again open to computer use by appointment on Monday, 3/1.  As before, we ask that you make an appointment for a 45 minute slot at least the day before and we will not take advance appointments beyond 1 week.  Social distancing requirements only allow us to make 2 computers available. 

We look forward to safer conditions as vaccinations proceed and will continue to update you as our re-opening plans progress.

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