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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

Stay tuned for the next series of workshops! 


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
E-mail: greater.hartford@scorevolunteer.org
 
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 Training 

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 www.hplct.org 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.