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Small Business 

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

Announcing Fall Small Business Series en español and in English. FREE! Register today!

Brought to you in collboration with U.S. Small Beusiness Administration and the Hartford SCORE chapter. NOTE: Two series are offered this fall; in Spanish beginning September 18 and in English, beginning October 23 as detailed below. Workshops begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.. To earn a certificate of completion you are encouraged to attend all the workshops; copies of workshop materials are provided to each attendee. Registration required, contact: Hartford Public Library at 860.695.6334 email: 
La U.S. Small Business Administration en colaboración con Hartford Public Library y SCORE tendrán una serie de 5 talleres para pequeños negocios. Los talleres, dados semanalmente y en español,cubrirán asuntos tales como acceso a capital, cómo comenzar un pequeño negocio. Los talleres son GRATIS con una capacidad máxima de 40 y es preferible que se registren con anticipación y atiendan a todos los talleres para obtener un certificado al terminar el taller. Los Talleres seran dados en: Hartford Public Library 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 
Todos los Talleres comienzan a las 5:30 P.M. y terminan 7:30 P.M.
en español  
  • Septiembre 18 - Module #1  Acceso a Capital / Entendiendo Reportes de Crédito 
  • Septiembre 25 - Module #2 Que Analiza un prestamista en su Aplicación para un Préstamo  / Las 5 “C” de Credito 
  • Octubre 2 - Module #3  Como Obtener un Contracto con el Gobierno Federal 
  • Octubre 9- Module #4  Los ABC ‘s de un Plan de Negocios 
  • Octubre 16 - Module #5  Mercadeo y Promoción de su Negocio

In English

  • October 23 - Module #1  Access to Capital, Starting & Financing Your New Business / Understanding Credit Reports  
  • October 30 - Module #2 Legal Aspects of a Business / What Lenders Look For
  • November 6 - Module #3 The ABC’s of a Business Plan /How to Develop a SWOT Analysis
  • November 13 - Module #4 8a Contracting Basics/ Business Guides & Industry 
  • November 20 - Module #5 Marketing Your Business / Internet & Technology 

Helpful Resources  

IRS resources for small business owners 

Hartford Public Library cardholders may also access the following online resources

Online Course  
Business Writing Skills Success: six classes in business writing basics from LearningExpressLibrary (You will be asked for your Hartford Public Library card number, if you are outside the libary.)

GALE Legal Forms
Search for Connecticut legal forms and federal forms, in categories including employment, landlord-tenant, real estate, and small business.

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


Search the seven newspapers listed above at the same time.

After a successful search for articles in one or more newspapers, set up and alert to have articles on you subject automatically sent to you email address.

Also available:

Online Business Reference Books 

Business Plans Handbook
Search this 12-volume set of more than 250 sample plans.

Encyclopedia of Small Business
Search this book of 600 detailed articles and overviews of the key information needs of small business users.

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 Hartford Public Library card is required to use computers in the Library. Non-residents may use either their own valid hometown library card or obtain one issued by the Hartford Public Library. Reservations for a 2 hour session may be made in person using Pharos, the Library's computer reservation system.