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Small Business 

The Library is a center for adult learning and achievement where entrepreneurs can thrive. We provide information, programs, access to technology, referrals, and a broad range of useful materials.

Small Business Workshop Series

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with Hartford Public Library and  Hartford SCORE chapter, is hosting a 4 week small business workshops series  taught by SBA employees and business professionals. Workshops are FREE; maximum sitting capacity 30. Copies of workshop materials are provided to each attendee.  To earn a certificate of completion you are encouraged to attend all the workshops 

Come to all four or attend the one that fits your needs. The four  modules focus on:

THURSDAY EVENINGS 6:00 to 7:30pm

  • Oct 27 / Starting Your Own Business? How SBA can help!
  • Nov 3 / The ABC’s of a Business Plan & Understanding a SWOT Analysis
  • Nov 10 / Understanding Credit Reports & How to Finance Your Small Business
  • Nov 17 / Marketing and Promoting your Business

Workshops take place at Hartford Public Library from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
(Note: Parking is free after 6 p.m. at meters)

To register:  Email your name and email address to

Get Help 

Get real time online help from business advisors at CT Small Business Development Center; share documents, work on applications for funding, and update progress in real time. Access is available by borrowing a secured Virtual CTSBDC Laptop for on-site use only; visit the Downtown Branch, Public Sevice Desk.    

Small Business Administration, Connecticut District Office  
280 Trumbull Street Second Floor  
Hartford, CT 06103  
Phone: 860-240-4700  Fax: 860-240-4659  
Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
District Director: Bernard M. Sweeney

Greater Hartford SCORE
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 519-5851
MetroHartford Alliance
31 Pratt Street, 5th Floor
Hartford, CT  06103
Phone: 860.525.4451
Fax: 860.293.2592
Hartford Economic Development Corporation
15 Lewis Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Business Resource Center (BRC) - Kim Hawkins - Director
P. 860-527-1100 F. 860-527-1102

Online Traininig 

Business Writing Skills Success  

Quickbooks - A popular small business accounting software program taught through UniversalClass

Online Research

IRS Tools

Legal Information Reference Center  - Includes forms related to Business & Corporations; Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks; Property & Real Estate; Rights & Disputes. 

ReferenceUSA - Offers listings of more than 14 million U.S. businesses to conduct market research and competitor analysis

Business Plans Handbook - includes over 250 sample plans

Encyclopedia of Small Business

Zino Online Magazines: Bloomberg; Businessweek; The Economist; Forbes; Harper's Magazine; Kiplinger's; Money Sense, and more. Several popular magazines are also availavle in print such as, Business Week; Entrepreneur; Fortune; Harvard Business Review; and Inc. 

Newspapers Search all newspapers at the same time or individually.  

For more books and magazines, SEARCH THE CATALOG at by SUBJECT  or KEYWORD, using terms:  ‘business’, or ‘entrepreneurship’; or BROWSE THE SHELVES in these Call Number locations:  'BF637.S8', 'HD- ' , and 'HF1000- '.

Public Access Computers

Free public access computers with Microsoft Office products and Internet access are available at the Downtown Library and at all branches. A library card from any town in Connecticut is required to use computers in the Library.