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Find business information and library materials that will help you grow your business from start-up to maturity.

General Business Resources

Whether you own a small business or work in a global industry, business news is your lifeblood. Use these databases to keep up with the latest business and industry trends, and people and companies.


  • Business Source Complete
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Newspaper Source
  • Regional Business News

Newsbank Keep your business on track with business news from local, regional and national and newspapers.

Mergent Intellect provides basic company facts on over 20 million North American companies and over 70 million global companies. It uses data from Hoovers and Dun and Bradstreet

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage Find industry profiles, market trends, company information and more in this valuable resource.

Data Axle Reference Solutions (Formerly Reference USA) This database is more than just a phone book. In its business directory you can find statistical information as well as information on companies and their officers, annual sales figures, products and services, branches and more.

Morningstar Investment Research Center Get a full range of industry reports and access to tools to help you design a financial plan. 

Gale Group Databases -Gale Business: Entrepreneurship This database is a valuable source of business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Policy Map

PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables government, commercial, non-profit and academic institutions to access data about communities and markets across the US. Use it for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis.

It can't be used by the public directly, but Reference staff are able to pull information from it for you.


Sharpen your business skills with thousands of concise videos, book summaries, and audio summaries from top business thinkers.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber Insider

Baton Rouge Entreprenuership Week (BREW)

Kauffman FastTrac

Kauffman FastTrac® is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success. This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises and tools to help you think about your business idea. This course is free.


Legal GPS

Legal GPS is an interactive platform that gives business owners step-by-step, customized directions to complete 50+ legal essentials. It saves owners $4500 in legal fees and 60+ hours. Simply answer a few questions, complete step-by-step legal directions personalized for your business, then receive a personalized Legal GPS Status Report containing a legal scorecard, a quick guide sheet to help you legally in the future, and a completion certificate.

Mergent Intellect