Business Resources

Business Resources for Small Businesses

Whether you are seeking information on a particular company, industry or product for market research, competitive intelligence or an exciting investment opportunity – we can help!

We have books on business plans, sales and marketing, human resources and more. We also have online databases and e-magazines you can access 24/7 from the library's website. We also have remote work services, including access to copy, print and scan from your local library. 

We also offer a variety of free business and consultation programs and specialized programs. Find more information on our programs, services and resources for small business and professional development below. 

Upcoming programs

How to Start Your Own Business: Thinking about starting a small business, but don’t know where to begin? Join Alan Luk, Small Business Consultant from the City of Richmond Hill Economic Development Office and learn how to register your business, develop a business plan, secure financing, and more. Find out more and register for this virtual program.

One-on-One Small Business Consultations: Have a small business idea and need help with the next steps? Book a 30-minute online appointment with Alan Luk, Small Business Consultant from the City of Richmond Hill Economic Development Office. Find out more and register for this virtual service.

Digital Skills Workshops for NewcomersLearn digital skills while connecting with other newcomers to Canada. Presented in partnership with YMCA Digital Skills Literacy Program, and CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships in York Region. Find out more and register for this virtual program.

Professional Development

LinkedIn Learning

In Library and At Home/Work Video Tutorial

LinkedIn Learning provides trending, in-demand professional skills through on-demand video tutorials. The online learning site hosts over 160,000 videos in a variety of languages and on a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications). These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

Research Databases

  • Data-Axle Reference Solutions: Find accurate information on 1.9 million businesses in Canada
  • CANSIM: Statistics Canada’s key socioeconomic database
  • Economics and Theory: Useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.
  • Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship is ideal for business owners and students. It is updated daily and provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories from the world of small business and entrepreneurship studies. Users will find more than 500 subject-appropriate, active, full-text periodicals, which includes: Beverage Industry, Black Enterprise, Economist, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, HR Magazine, Real Estate Weekly, Restaurant Business, Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, and more.
  • Insurance and Liability: Insurance and Liability provides access to academic journals and trade publications covering the insurance industry and topics such as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more. The database offers content of interest to individual property owners and multinational corporations alike.
  • Leadership and Management: Leadership and Management provides access to authoritative periodical content covering such topics as 21st-century skills, organizational dynamics and leadership, adult learning and continuing education, and more. Updated daily, this library resource is useful for researchers or any professional interested in career development.