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Small Business Resources

The Small Business Center at the Worcester Public Library offers online databases, tutorials, onsite SCORE counseling, and “Ask a Librarian” email research by information professionals to individuals with small business and entrepreneurial pursuits. The Worcester Public Library is a member of WBRA - Worcester Business Resource AllianceThis networking group is comprised of non-profit and government organizations located in or serving the small businesses and entrepreneurs of the City of Worcester, Massachusetts. They provide low- or no-cost services and programs, and funding to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, and succeed.  

Click here to learn more about our series of small business workshops!  All workshops are free for anyone wanting to or just starting their own business. Come to all or attend any that fit your needs.

 Small Business Counseling

A SCORE counselor provides assistance and answer questions for anyone  thinking about or planning to start a business. First Tuesday of each month, 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Third Floor Study Room Register online or call 508-799-1655 x3.

For more information and to schedule other times for counseling sessions please refer to the SCORE website and to these Youtube videos to learn how SCORE can help you start your own business!


Research Databases Market and Demographics

Starting A Business
Massachusetts “Guide to Starting a Small Business"
Gale Small Business Resource Center
Gale Business Collection
Gale Business Insights: Essentials

Company and Industry Profiles
AtoZ Database
Reference USA

Financing a Small Business
SBA Financial Assistance
Small Business Development Center (Clark)

Legal Questions
IRS Employer ID numbers
Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
Massachusetts License Search

American FactFinder
Census Business Builder - online video tutorials and training Business Software and Skill Building Online Courses. To access, please go to the second floor of the Worcester Public Library, main branch, and ask for the Lynda Computer.  

Free Online Business Courses and Webinars

Useful Tools and Sites


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