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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  FREE! Register today! Phone 860-695-6334 or email

Brought to you in collaboration with U.S. Small Business Administration and the Hartford SCORE chapter. 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.   
  • 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 

NOTE: To access the following online resources outside Hartford Public Library, you will be asked for your public libary card number.

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.)

Legal Information Reference Center 
Search for legal forms, in categories including Business & Corporations; Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks; Property & Real Estate; Rights & Disputes. 

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.