Small Business Resources

Businesses and COVID-19

Find detailed information about state and federal tax relief for businesses, Indiana unemployment resources and assistance programs, webinars or online training and supportive business organizations in Indianapolis at Guide to Business Resources in Response to COVID-19.

Business Databases

The library’s business databases can be used to research competitors, potential consumers, and to research topics like payroll taxes during the coronavirus shutdowns. You can find detailed information about business databases on the IndyPL Blog at Introduction to Business Databases.

Business Periodicals

Your library card gives you access to thousands of magazines, journals, reports and studies. Detailed information about these can be found at Introduction to Business Periodicals. Conveniently we also subscribe to many e-magazines that can be downloaded to your phone, tablet, or computer. You may borrow as many issues as you want and you may keep them for as long as you like. Titles include Kiplinger’s, The Economist, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and Fast Company.

Free and Low Cost Online Courses

If you have a business but it is shut down for the foreseeable future, or want to get one started, now is a great opportunity to sharpen your business skills. There are a wealth of courses, classes, workshops and webinars online which are absolutely free (or very low cost). Here is a list of some of the largest, most comprehensive collections of learning materials that you can access to learn a new software, get better at ones you already use, learn the latest marketing techniques, and much more.

Grow with Google

Among the most popular free online supports for small businesses and startups is Grow with Google, which has free training for small business owners to make the most of tools like Google Maps, My Business, Drive, Ads, G Suite, and more.

Get Certified

The State of Indiana, City of Indianapolis and Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council have administrative programs and departments offering information and resources in the form of training and networking events to those who wish to pursue certification. To begin the process, businesses must formally apply for certification. To learn more about certification laws, policies, procedures and lists of vendors, please visit the resources listed below.

Patents and Trademarks

The Indianapolis Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center. We receive materials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The resources listed here include help guides, videos, search software, and the full text of United States patents.

Local Business Organizations

Our library also networks with many of the top business organizations in Indy to offer you the tools you’ll need to turn your plans into reality. Here (NOTE: I asked James to edit this page regarding one-on-one appointments.) are listings for some of the best non-profit organizations in Marion County to help you make your business a success!

Business Booklists

Browse booklists created by IndyPL business librarians to explore materials linked directly to our catalog. They are available through curbside pickup or are e-materials you can access from home.

Ask-A-Librarian

Additional resources can be accessed based on individual need. For more information on the library's business resources, contact the library at (317) 275-4184, text (317) 333-6877, or email us through our contact form.