Business Insights: Global
  • Research companies including histories, financial, and competitor data. Search by country, state, SIC codes, NAICS, revenue, or number of employees
  • Access company profiles and industry rankings, as well as brand and product information
  • Access SWOT reports, financial analysis tools, business associations, investment reports and market research reports
  • Access information from Gale publications including Directory of Company Histories, Market Share Reporter, Business Rankings Annual, and Encyclopedia of American Industries


  • Offers demographic information on any U.S. geography, including information on income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, and more
  • Allows users to compare multiple geographies and drill down to data on a specific county, zip code, congressional district, and more. A unique mapping tool within the resource also allows users to map their results, create custom geographies and view demographic variables in thematic coloring scales
  • The Business tab includes data on 23 million businesses. Users can search by company name, business type, number of employees, and other limiters
  • The Households tab contains data on more than 206 million U.S. residents (approximately 135 million households) and enables users to search by name, address or a variety of U.S. Census data averages

ebook Business Collection

  • Full text ebooks to help professionals and students keep up with the latest information in the business world.
  • A wide range of topics is covered including business biographies, change management, communication, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, personal growth, productivity and technology.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

  • The latest insights on entrepreneurship and small business topics for business students and researchers. Content comes from business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles.

Legal Forms

  • Thousands of downloadable, customizable legal forms
  • Includes professionally drafted documents for bill of sale, incorporation of an LLC, partnerships, non-compete agreements, employment contracts, purchase agreements, and more

LexisNexis Library Express

  • Use LexisNexis at the library
  • Use LexisNexis at home
  • Library Express provides access to more than 6,000 news, business, and legal sources
  • News and business coverage encompasses newspapers, periodicals, television and radio broadcasts, news wires, blogs, corporate directories, and financial information
  • Features national and international news sources that date back to the 1970s, depending on the paper
  • Business sources include financial information, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings
  • Access to case law and other legal information is only available in the Library


  •  Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives, over 200 million residents, 2 million new businesses as well as new movers/homeowners, U.S. healthcare professionals, a jobs database, background and criminal search and email marketing.

Associations Unlimited

  • Directory of membership associations in the United States and worldwide

LinkedIn Learning

  • Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started with your library card.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

  • Morningstar analyst reports on ratings on stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs
  • Screening tools for investments
  • Articles and videos on investing and personal finance

Reference USA

  • Provides detailed information on U.S. Businesses
  • Search by company name, size, geographic location, type of business, and more
  • Residential database can be searched by name, phone number, or address
  • Funded by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation Titche Family Fund

Regional Business News

  • Provides coverage from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada.

Small Business Reference Center

  • Offers coverage that addresses many small business topics from consumer small business reference books, business videos, help and advice section and how to create business plans.

Value Line Investment Survey 

  • Value Line provides valuable research and analysis of approximately 1,700 if the most actively traded U.S. stocks.
  • Value Line helps investors conduct basic research, formulate investment strategies, and make sound investment decisions.

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