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This page is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Library System and the Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center of the Boston Public Library. This page contains free resources for patrons and library staff to use to enhance their business research/reference skills.
Local Business News
Boston Business Journal
News about real estate, financial, business and technology primarily focused on Eastern Massachusetts. Some content is behind a paywall.
Providence Business News
Coverage of business and related news topics in Rhode Island
Business Research Favorites
Global business knowledge portal connecting international business professionals to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global issues. Includes self paced learning options
Zimmerman's Research Guide
Compiled by Lexis Nexis infopro Andrew Zimmerman this is a go-to source for legal and business research. LexisNexis sunsetted this service in December 2015--This link is a snapshot from the Wayback Machine
Doing Business in Massachusetts--Mass.gov
One-stop business portal has information, tools, and advice to help folks set up a business in Massachusetts
SBA.gov--U.S. Small Business Administration
Government portal containg information about small businesses including a marketing tool for small firms, advice, learning modules and more
SBDC National Information Clearinghouse
SBDCNet provides small business research services to the entire 1,100+ member SBDC Network of Small Business Development Centers located in all 50 states. Source for industry and market research. Bibliographies give good leads for further research
SCORE offers a network of free, expert business mentors and has locale offices in southern New England. The website hosts free webinars, videos, and articles with advice on starting and scaling small businesses.
Personal Finance and Investing Resources
BrokerCheck shows you employment history, certifications, licenses, and any violations for brokers and investment advisors.
FINRA Investor Education Modules
Offers basic rundown of the type investments and their pitfalls. Also includes how to talk to a financial manager. Materials are in English and in Spanish
Handsonbanking.org is a great resource for patrons who have little to no experience using a bank and need help with money management. Available in both Spanish and English, the Hands on Banking program provides free content for adults, young adults, and school-aged children, including online courses.
Investopedia is a great resource for investing education, personal finance, market analysis and free trading simulators. Check out the topics and guides to learn more about finance
Great source for financial news, and financial data especially historical stock prices
BRASS Professional Tools
A subsection of ALA's Reference and User Services Association. They have collected professional resources and advice and created LibGuides.
Public Libraries Briefcase
A quarterly column by the Business Reference in Public Libraries Committee.