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Emily Missner
Emily Missner
Liaison Librarian for Business

Drop-in Hours:
Tuesdays 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Fridays 2:30PM - 4:00PM
or email for appointment

Hagerty Library, Room 137

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Business Plans and Entrepreneurship

  1. Guides and Handbooks
  2. Sample Business Plans
  3. Business Plate Templates
  4. Trade Associations
  5. Industry Research
  6. Marketing Research
  7. Trade Journals and Newspaper Articles

Guides and Handbooks

  • Small Business Resource Center -- ELECTRONIC Small Business Resource Center is one-stop shopping for the entrepreneurial student. It covers all aspects of starting a business including finance, writing a business plan, accounting, management, and marketing. Take a look at sample business plans, read articles on entrepreneurship and small industries, or use the "how to" section to solve common problems for new businesses.
  • Search the library catalog for business plans. Some of the guides are e-books and some are books that you can check out from Hagerty Library. You can also find helpful handbooks by browsing the stacks on Hagerty Library's second floor. Use the call number HD 62 as a guide.
  • Anatomy of a business plan -- PRINT/ELECTRONIC Linda Pinson
  • Small business: an entrepreneur's business plan -- PRINT JD Ryan
  • Successful business planning for entrepreneurs -- PRINT Jerry W. Moorman

Sample Business Plans

Business Plan Templates

  • Business plan basics -- WWW From the Small Business Association, this template gives you the step-by-step elements needed for a business plan.
  • Business plan preparation -- WWW A terrific guide from the University of Colorado, the Business Plan Preparation page provides several business plans as well as four unique downloadable business plan templates.

Trade Associations

  • Small Business Sourcebook -- PRINT This two-volume annual guide to small business resources includes a wealth of information on small business start-ups including associations, trade shows, consultants, and licensing information.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations -- ELECTRONIC/PRINT Helpful directory of international associations will give you basic information about trade associations. You can visit the associations' Websites or contact them for more information.

Industry Research

Marketing Research

  • Marketing Research Guide -- WWW Use this Drexel University Libraries research guide to learn more about researching industries using library resources.

Trade Journals and Newspaper Articles

  • LexisNexis Academic -- ELECTRONIC LexisNexis Academic provides access to a variety of major newspapers including the New York Times and the Times of London. You can also use LexisNexis to look at magazine articles and news wires. Use the "guided news search feature" for more precise searching.
  • Factiva -- ELECTRONIC Factiva provides access to nearly 9,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Use the Search tab to find articles about your company. Or switch to Companies/Markets and look up your company. Note: Our subscription only allows for 11 concurrent uses.

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