Small Business Resource Center

Open for Your Business

The Small Business Resource Center is located on the Lower Level of our Main Library and provides the timely and reliable business information you need to start, manage, and grow your business. You will find designated workspace and Internet access, specialized business databases, fax and copier access, plus librarians to help guide you through the stages of small business research. Use the Center to write your business plan, target new customers, find sources of financing, and much more! Check out the brochure.

Contact Us

Call 616.988.5400 or contact the Business Librarian for general questions.

Need Help?

Request business research assistance with this form.

SBRC Classes

The Library has a variety of classes to help you in everything from Facebook marketing to business planning. See what we have planned at the link above!

Register for our upcoming Market Research Series in partnership with the Michigan Small Business Development Center at the links below!

Market Research 1: May 7, 2014

Market Research 2: May 14, 2014

Market Research 3: May 21, 2014

Resources Online

Check out our wiki detailing just some of the resources we have available.

Small Business Databases

Jump start your business research with our databases.

Small Business e-Newsletter

Join our e-mail list to discover new books, entrepreneurship resources, interviews, SBRC classes, book reviews, local events, and much more sent straight to your inbox! Our newsletter is published quarterly, and is available in a print edition in the SBRC as well. You can join our newsletter list by clicking the ‘Sign up Now’ button the module below:

Sign Up for Our Small Business e-Newsletter!


Current Newsletter

Click Here for Spring 2014!

In this  issue, we’ve got some great stuff for you and your business know-how:

  • Jermale D. Eddie, of Malamiah Juice Bar, whose journey to entrepreneurship in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market has been anything but ordinary!
  • Linda Blanchard, of Thermal Tec Roofing Company, an entrepreneur who is always working to improve her knowledge, her plan, and her business
  • A (honest) book review of Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
  • New books from the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Business and Economics collections

Past Newsletters

Fall 2013

SCORE at the Library

Need help with business plan writing? Looking for certified expertise from entrepreneurs ready to help you succeed in your small business? Then look no further than your library and SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business! SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs like you succeed in the world of small business. They can help with the development and writing of a business plan, or any aspect of an existing business in need of further development. A SCORE certified business counselor will be holding business consulting sessions at the library in the lower level near GRPL’s Small Business Resource Center on the first Thursday morning of every month. Please stop by; appointments are free of charge. For further information about SCORE and the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Small Business Resource Center, please call 616-988-5402 ex. 5486 or send an e-mail to SCORE and the GRPL SBRC: In Business for your Business!


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