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Starting a Small Business: About - NYPL's Resources

New York Public Library Resources to help you navigate the process of starting and running a small business.

Getting Started

Are you thinking of starting a small business? It may seem like a great idea. However, it may also be an overwhelming process. This research guide includes library resources to help you start, run, and grow a successful business. Thomas Yoseloff Business Center staff are here to assist you. Book a virtual consultation with our Business Librarians. 


Use the NYC Business Wizard or the New York State Business Wizard for a customized list of requirements for opening and running your business.


If you are searching for the City, State, and Federal regulations (such as licenses and permits) needed to start a business in New York City, visit the following sites:


If you are searching for specific business forms, visit the following sites:


NYPL Resources for Legal Forms


For business plan templates for your type of business, use the Gale E-Books (Formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) database to access the Business Plans Handbook and view samples of business plans. This database is accessible outside the library using your NYPL card number and PIN. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) site has information on how to write your business planand SCORE has a downloadable business plan template. Our Business Plan Sources research guide has additional suggestions. 


For tips on developing marketing strategies for your business, check our Marketing Research and Planning for Your Business research guide.


For information on grants and funding resources, check our Financing Your Business research guide.


Lastly, to become a prosperous entrepreneur, take advantage of the free entrepreneurship video courses offered by the LinkedIn Learning Lynda database, accessible outside the library using your NYPL card and PIN.

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