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Business

New Chrome Kits Available!

Rock County and Arrowhead Library System have teamed up to provide small business planning kits, available for checkout at all seven Rock County public libraries, including Beloit Public Library. Each Small Business Planning Kit includes a Chromebook, mobile Internet hotspot, case, and free access to LivePlan business and sustainability software. Visit Arrowhead Library System's website for details.

Check one out today, and get started on that business plan you've always wanted to write!

Resources for Businesses

  • Forward Janesville
    Promotes economic and community development in Janesville, Wisconsin.
  • Gale Business Insights: Essential (funded by HPL)
    Business database that combines authoritative information and statistical data with analytical tools to explore real world application.
  • Gale Courses (requires HPL library card)
    Free six-week-long online courses in subjects including: Accounting Fundamentals, QuickBooks, Business Analysis, Effective Selling, Creating a Successful Business Plan, Marketing on a Shoestring, Using Social Media in Business, Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business, Supply Chain Management, Six Sigma: Total Quality Applications
  • Lynda
    Classes focused on learning business, software and technology skills. Each class contains a series of online video lessons taught by industry leaders.
  • Rock County Development Alliance
    Information and resources for business development in Rock County.
  • SCORE
    Resources, training opportunities, and access to a volunteer network of local mentors for active or start-up businesses.
  • UW-Whitewater Small Business Development Center
    Free counseling services aimed at supporting growth and innovation for an existing business as well as providing training on how to start a business.
  • Wisconsin Innovation Service Center
    A business outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater WISC helps clients make informed decisions by providing qualitative research on market opportunities, customers and competition.

Research Business Topics

Business Start-Up Information

  • SBA
    Business planning tools and services from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • US IRS Small Business
    Tax related publications, forms, filing requirements and reporting responsibilities for small businesses and self-employed individuals.
  • State of Wisconsin Business Services
    Provides information for business start-ups, statistics, state taxes, licensing and more.
  • WEDC – In Wisconsin
    Resources and services available to Wisconsin businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors
  • Wisconsin Technology Council
    An independent, non-profit, non-partisan board dedicated to the creation, development and retention of science- and technology-based businesses in Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
    Business education and financing to Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Find Prospects and Suppliers

  • Reference USA - NOW Reference Solutions (requires HPL library card)
    Detailed information on more than 14 million US businesses - plus a U.S. residential search that acts like a nation-wide phone book, and a Lifestyles search showing consumers' purchasing habits. Build your list of prospects!
  • ThomasNet
    500,000+ manufacturers and industrial suppliers.

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