Chart your own success! Check out these resources for help with starting or growing your business.
Business Resources Pamphlet
Clayton County Chamber of Commerce
Various opportunities to network with other Clayton County businesses are offered throughout the year. Check their Calendar of Events for details.
First Stop Business Information Center - Georgia Secretary of State
Information and contacts for state regulatory requirements for operating a small business.
Small Business Association - Georgia
An essential resource for any one starting a small business. The SBA can help you learn to develop a business plan, locate funding resources (including SBA loans), set up an appointment with a professional counselor, learn how to market your business, and help educate you on important legal issues regarding the running of a business. Note that the Special Audiences section of the site details the administration's incentives for minorities, women, veterans and young entrepreneurs.
CCH Business Owner's Toolkit
A guide to marketing, planning, financing small businesses as well as navigating tax laws. The toolkit is authored by a team of financial planners, journalists and other professionals affiliated with the firm CCH Tax and Accounting.
Online Courses from OpenCulture.com
This page has links to free online courses and lectures on various topics viewable on your computer (some require iTunes). Scroll towards the bottom of the page to find courses on business topics.
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Stay on top of the latest business trends in the Atlanta area. Although many of the articles are available online for free, please note that items with the "P" icon require a personal print subscription to access online. All branches hold the current edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle in print. Please contact the branch of your choice for exact holdings information. Articles from 1999-2004 are available in ABI Inform.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Business Section
Current local business headlines.
News and information on business, careers, technology, wealth-building, politics and education for Black Atlantans. All branches hold the current edition of the Atlanta Tribune in print. Please contact the branch of your choice for exact holdings information.
Market research tool for small businesses. Conduct job searches, find out-of-town companies, develop mailing lists and generate sale leads.
Business Plans Handbook
Includes dozens of actual business plans that you can use as a model when planning your own business, plus a business plan template. Whether you want to start a specialty baker or a record company or a garden center or an auto detailing business, this is a great place to start.
Business plans handbook a compilation of actual business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America
Author: Kahrs, Kristin
Call Number: R 658.002 KAHRS, KRISTIN (Headquarters)
How to Start a Business in Georgia
Author: Robertson, Charles T.
Call Number: R 346.758 ROBERTSON, CHARLES
How to Write a Business Plan
Author: McKeever, Mike P.
Call Number: R 658.15 MCKEEVER, MIKE P (Headquarters, Lovejoy, Riverdale)
How to Register Your Own Copyright
Author: Warda, Mark
Call Number: R 346.7304 WARDA, MARK
A collection of human resources and manuals for Georgia business owners and HR professionals. These documents are only available from within the library branches. Please ask at the Information Desk for assistance logging in.
Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business
Author: Steingold, Fred
Call Number: R 346.73 STEINGOLD, FRED
Small Business Legal Forms Simplified
Author: Sitarz, Daniel
Call Number: R 346.73 SITARZ, DANIEL (Headquarters, Lovejoy)
The Complete Partnership Book
Author: Haman, Edward A.
Call Number: R 346.73 HAMAN, EDWARD A (Headquarters)
Foundation Grants To Individuals
This is an excellent database of thousands of potential grant opportunities for students, artists, and other individuals. It is only available from within the Clayton County Library branches.
How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business
Author: Vivaldo, Denise
Call Number: R 642.4068 VIVALDO, DENISE (Headquarters)
Music law: How to run your band's business
Author: Stim, Richard
Call Number: R 344.73 STIM, RICH (Lovejoy)
Vocational and Career Collection
An online collection of hundreds of trade magazines for various industries -- Accounting Today, Beverage World, Electric Light & Power, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Machine Design, Shopping Center World, and many more. (GALILEO Password Required)
Win Government Contracts For your Small Business
Author: Digiacomo, John
Call Number: R 658.15 DIGIACOMO, JOHN (Headquarters, Lovejoy, Riverdale)