Your Library understands that the key to successful business management and healthy growth is convenient and swift access to the best resources. We provide reference services and library resources to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg area businesses succeed.
Does your business need:
- Lists of companies in your target market?
- Lists of competitors in your geographic area?
- Names of executives to contact?
- Demographic statistics, trends, and maps?
- Industry data from nearby and from around the world?
- Content for your webpage, tweets, or newsletter?
- Classes on using technology to increase productivity?
Your library has all this and more.
Additionally, your library has spaces to meet and work. Meet informally at one of the 20 locations across the county or rent a room for a larger meeting. Your local branch has all the basics - free wifi, Internet and computer access, and MS Office products.
Not sure where to start? Ask to speak with a Librarian at one of our 20 libraries around Mecklenburg County.
Business and COVID-19 Assistance
Keep Up-to-Date on Business Related COVID-19 Financing, Webinars, Counseling & More
The City of Charlotte has launched its Open for Business initiative, which is designed to support local small businesses that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout the recovery. The Open for Business public dashboard creates a directory to connect our residents with small businesses in Charlotte.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
The Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC) has developed a Preparing and Applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan presentation that walks through the SBA EIDL application process step-by-step. You may also want to view an on-demand webinar version narrated by an SBTDC counselor (9 minutes).
Applicants must be a North Carolina small business affected by COVID-19 (all 100 NC counties are eligible); Applicants must have at least one (1) employee, who could be the self-employed owner; Start-up businesses that began operations before March 23, 2020 are eligible.
One of the world's largest databases of industry and company information, with contact information, sales and employee figures.
A web-based mapping application that enables you to quickly create professional-quality thematic maps using powerful business and marketing data.
Business research needs including journal articles, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers are all available.
LibGuide: Getting Started in Entrepreneurship is the ultimate guidebook for someone who is thinking about starting a business in the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County area.
This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners.
Mergent Online is an electronic database that is easy to use and has global business and financial data for companies worldwide.
Charlotte Business Journal offers business news updates, dozens of popular topics from around the nation, city of Charlotte and surrounding areas.
Contains an index of articles from 1981, and many full articles from 1984 to the present. The financial newspaper of record, offering coverage of national and international finance as well as coverage of hard news.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg County collaborative network of organizations committed to saving you time and money by providing relevant business information.
Provides one-on-one consultations at no cost, customized licensing information, employer and business structure forms, referrals to state agencies and more.
Experienced volunteer business professionals who serve the greater Charlotte area, as part of the nation’s premier mentoring organization for small business.
The United States Census Bureau provides access to data about people and industry in the United States based on several censuses and surveys.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
Your Charlotte SBA: national assistance in a local office. Find workshops and experts to help you in your buisness plans.
A centralized platform offering financing and learning opportunities making it easier than ever to access federal services to help businesses grow and hire.
MBDA focuses on maximizing job creation and global competitiveness for minority-owned businesses and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
Online Learning Resources
An online education experience offering over 540 courses in subjects like entrepreneurship, technology, health, career assistance, and more.
Interactive essential skills training on topics including Microsoft Office, email, reading, math, and work skills taught through more than 125 tutorials.
Free non-degree online courses with open enrollment from leading universities.
LinkedIn Learning is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business.