Small Business Resource Center

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.

Small Business Resources

How do you turn your unique idea into a successful small business? Our Small Business Resource Center has loads of resources to help you plan, start, and grow your business.

Business Research Consultation

Call 616.988.5400 or contact the Business Librarian for a consultation. You can also request business research assistance.

Resume Review

Need help with your resume? Upload your resume, and get feedback from the Business Librarian. This service is available to the City of Grand Rapids patrons and the residents of Kent County.

Nonprofit Resources

As a Funding Information Network member, we maintain a library of databases, directories, indexes, and guides to help you find your way through the funding maze.

Small Business Newsletter

Sign up for our Small Business Resource Center newsletter. Read interviews, book reviews, and more.

Small Business News

SBRC New Book Spotlight, Summer 2024

Our newest business, entrepreneurship, jobseeking, and nonprofit books from our collection!

Interview with Dan TenHoopen, AFL-CIO Labor Liaison

GRPL's Business and Career Librarian interviews Dan about his history with unions and current position working on national and local levels.

Book Review: "Fight Like Hell" by Kim Kelly

By Steven Assarian, Business and Career Librarian.

Small Business Databases

Legal Source

Authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Foundation Directory Professional

Search for grantmakers by name, location, field of interest, geographic focus, and more.


Provides market and consumer data, and over 1 million statistics on more than 80,000 topics from across 170 industries and 150+ countries


  • Yes. All GRPL locations offer free WiFi. The library’s public WiFi network is called ‘GRPL_Public’. Visit a staff member if you need help logging on.

    Please note that The Grand Rapids Public Library reserves the right to terminate network connections in accordance with Library policies and Federal, State and local laws.

  • Yes. GRPL has public computers available at all locations. 

    To use a computer, you need a valid library card. Temporary guest passes are available for users who are visiting from out of town or don’t have a library card. Computer sessions are limited to 1 hour at all branch locations and 2 hours at the Main Library.

  • This service is for GRPL, KDL, and LLC patrons.

  • Find commonly used bus routes to each library location below.

  • Faxing, copying, & scanning services are currently free and are limited to 50 pages per week. After the first 50 pages, there is a fee of 15 cents for black and white and 50 cents for color copies/prints. Double-sided printing is considered two pages. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the service please email or call 616.988.5400, option 2.

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