From the Library
- Business books on starting a business, management, accounting, marketing, advertising and more in the 650 area of nonfiction.
- The Law Library at Headquarters has business and employment law information.
- LawDepot/DIY Legal Documents: This portal allows you to create free customized personal and business legal forms, including power of attorney, landlord/tenant agreements, wills, prenuptial agreements, purchase agreements, bills of sale, and service agreements. Quick and easy to use, edit, print, and save. This resource requires you to create an account. If you already have an RBdigital login, that account provides access to LawDepot as well.
- RBdigital Magazines: full digital copies of nearly 200 popular magazines - including Bloomberg Businessweek, Economist, Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Working Mother. There are no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
- See each week's new business and investment books added to the library's catalog. Sign up with Wowbrary to receive a weekly email about these titles.
- Small Business Resource Center: Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Remote access from your library card.
- Foundation Directory Online Professional: access this online resource at the Fredericksburg Branch.
- Grants Connection: access this online resource at any branch.
- Check out these free resources: public-use computers with printers; WiFi; faxing; notary services; and group meeting space. Get details on resources for each branch on its page.
- Reference USA: use the demographic information of more than 13 million U.S. businesses and 200 million U.S. residents to research markets, build customer lists, and write business plans and grants. Remote access from your library card.
- Community Profiles: these documents feature a wealth of information including demographic, economic, and educational data for Virginia. Each report is automatically updated every time we make changes to our database, so you can be assured they will always be up-to-date!
- Fredericksburg Regional Alliance (UMW): find comprehensive demographic, economic, and commercial real estate information on the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. Also provides services to facilitate the creation of jobs and capital investment while diversifying the economy and increasing the tax base.
- Virginia Economic Indicators: a quarterly publication illustrating and analyzing key economic indicators including employment, unemployment, and production workers’ hours and earnings, and other significant business-related data series.
- Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service: demographic and workforce research and analysis, leadership training, and community outreach.
- Business One Stop: walks you through every step you’ll need to complete in order to establish a new business in Virginia.
- Economic Development Authority: each locality in Virginia has a department that facilitates economic growth.
- Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission Entity Search: look up information on established businesses, such as date formed, type of business, SCC ID, and availability of a business entity name.
- IRS Tax Information for Business: tax information and forms for businesses
- Small Business at USA.gov: A centralized, one-stop federal government platform that makes it easy for businesses to access programs and services to help them grow and hire.
- U.S. Small Business Administration: find out about loans, government contracts, counseling, veterans business development, and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The Virginia Small Business Resource guide describes programs and tools for the Virginia business community.
- Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise: promotes access to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s contracting opportunities and ensure fairness in the procurement process.
- Virginia Innovators Network: promotes the commercialization of invention and innovation with networking, education, and promotion of entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- Virginia Small Business Development Centers: business counseling, training, and resources for start-ups and established businesses. In our area, the University of Mary Washington hosts the local office.
- Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce: advocates for business interests and provides business resources.
- FREDTech: an affiliate of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, supports, enhances, educates, and attracts technology businesses to the region.
- FredXchange: helps businesses get started and whose members and programs are a source of support and knowledge.. and inspiration!
- Germanna Community College's Center for Workforce & Community Development has a plethora of classes and workshops available. Very affordable—and some are free!
- Rotary: local clubs work to solve some of their communities' toughest challenges. Find local chapters using the Club Finder tool.
SCORE: helps small businesses get off the ground at no charge or at very low cost. SCORE can help provide:
- Volunteer mentors
- Free, confidential business counseling in person or via email
- Free online business tools, templates, and tips
- Inexpensive or free business workshops and webinars.
- University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development: collaborates with business, government, education, and private parties to promote personal, professional, and economic growth by advancing knowledge through entrepreneurship, small business development, innovation and competitiveness, research and analysis, and outreach and engagement. Their annual Business Reference Guide is published on this site.
- Women in Business Leadership: Facebook networking group for business women.
- AllBusiness.com: largest online resources for small businesses, providing essential tools and resources to start, grow, and manage your business.
- American Express Open Forum for Small Businesses: a resource center with helpful articles where you can ask other small business owners for advice.
- Business Book of the Year Awards: from the Financial Times.
- Entrepreneur.com: the online face of the magazine.
- Free Business Tools: useful stuff, including a barcode generator, invoice generator, purchase order template, and more. It is not necessary to open a store on Shopify to use the tools.
- Free Lance-Star's Business Insider: free daily email newsletter to inform the Fredericksburg, Virginia. Area business community about matters affecting our regional economy and beyond.
- New York Times Small Business News: articles about small business issues.
- NOLO: Free Legal Information: bankruptcy, business formation, debt collection, disability law, employment law, intellectual property law, non-profits, small business, small claims court, tax law, and more.
- Small Business Taxes and Management: guidance for small business issues such as employee recordkeeping, tax news, and business reference information.
- Small Business with the Wall Street Journal: business news.
- 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy: investor education provided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA): largest independent securities regulator in the U.S.; protecting investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.
- Financial Smarts: the Actuarial Foundation spotlights such topics as insurance, retirement planning, saving, and investing. Read online or subscribe to email delivery.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center (Remote access from your library card)
- Value Line (Remote access from your library card)
- Foundation Centeropens a new window: The Foundation Center provides a section on its website with information for individuals wishing to start a small business.
- GovLoans.gov: Business Loans: This site provides information on different kinds of government loans available to small businesses
- Gust.comopens a new window: Search this website for start-up money for your small business.
- Rappahannock Economic Development Corporationopens a new window: REDCO is a licensed, nonprofit, Certified Development Corporation that offers long-term fixed-rate financing for small businesses in Virginia.
- SCORE: Retired business professionals provide advice on starting, operating and developing a successful small business.
- Small Business Administration: The Small Business Administration provides information on loans, government contracting opportunities and more.
- Virginia.gov - Businessopens a new window: The Virginia Gov website has information on licenses and permits, taxes, links to other business resources and forms. The site walks you through the steps necessary to start a business in Virginia.
- Virginia District Office Resource Guideopens a new window: Published under the direction of the Small Business Administration's Office of Business and Marketing, this guide provides assistance in starting a business in Virginia.