Business & Nonprofits

Small Business Support

Built in Idaho: A community of entrepreneurs, creatives, business leaders and investors driving Idaho’s business ecosystem into the future. Features resources for small businesses and startups, including Idaho deal flow reports, business valuation tools, and more. 

Idaho Commerce: The lead economic development agency for the State of Idaho fosters a business-friendly environment to aid in job creation, support existing companies, strengthen communities and market Idaho.

Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Promotes the integration advancement and economic growth of Idaho Hispanic businesses.

Idaho Small Business Development Center: Consultants are available to work with your business, answering questions, providing resources, and advocating for your business.

Idaho Women's Business Center: Serves all women, cultures and communities ​in achieving their educational, professional and entrepreneurial goals.

U.S. Small Business Administration: SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

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Ebooks and Audiobooks

Online Resources

Business Source Premier

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Find content from journals covering all areas of business including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics. Includes company profiles with SWOT analyses.

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Foundation Directory Online

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Tap into an ever-growing database of 156,000+ grantmakers and 15 million+ grants, and unlock new funders and funder insights. Click on the logo to access the directory,  available on-site at Cherry Lane only.

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Gale Business: Demographics Now

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DemographicsNow connects users with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers—making it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight. 

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Gale Business: Plan Builder

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Gale Business: Plan Builder is for new entrepreneurs, experienced business owners, and nonprofits. Follow steps to create your business plan, get resources for long-term success, and learn the elements necessary to build your organization.

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Gale LegalForms

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Gale welcomes you to the most extensive free forms site available to library patrons. Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Warning: Public users should consult an attorney in their state for serious legal matters.

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Idaho Commerce Gem State Prospector

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Use the Gem State Prospector database to search for stats on every Idaho city, county and region. Each report contains an interactive map of the community and data on its labor force, wages, education levels, demographics and consumer expenditures. Provided by Idaho Commerce

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Idaho Department of Labor

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Search for jobs throughout the state, apply for unemployment insurance, and find veterans services.

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Learning Express Library

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Funded by LiLI

Meet your educational and professional goals with Learning Express Library's modules on computer skills, standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, GED), vocational certification, U.S. citizenship, and more. Use an email address to create a free account and start learning today.

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LiLI

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LiLI provides free access to numerous research resources for all Idaho citizens. Explore subjects for academic research, business, and skill building, as well as plenty of content for kids. New learning resources are added often. Login by entering your Idaho zip code and city.

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Live Better Idaho

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The Live Better Idaho (LBI) website helps Idahoans seek, find, and access services from providers who offer those services. LBI's goal is for visitors to quickly and easily find information they need about a service and learn how to receive that service, within three mouse clicks.

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Next Steps Idaho

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Whether you are at a career crossroads, in high school, or at a time in your life when you simply want to try something new, the tools, tips, and information on Next Steps Idaho can help you to take action, bringing you closer to the life you want to lead.

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Reference Solutions

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Reference Solutions, formerly Reference USA, is your premier business information resource. Search historical business records, new businesses, learn about consumer trends and research, and search jobs and internships throughout the U.S.  Click "More Details" for tutorial and troubleshooting guide.
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Small Business Reference Center

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Information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, help and advice, and information for creating business plans.

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ValueLine

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With 130 stocks updated weekly, this resource contains investment research information on over 1,700 larger stocks across ninety industries. Log in with your Meridian Library District card number.

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