Whether you have a great idea for a new business or want to grow an existing one, the Westport Library is a gold mine of resources for entrepreneurs. Small business owners, inventors and visionaries make extensive use of our business books, online and hard copy reference and databases, and perhaps most important of all, our experienced business librarians.
The Library is also a great resource for meeting and holding workshops and other business-related programs and events. Part of the Library’s mission is to help anyone with a business vision build something new.
Westport Library Services
- ref [at] westportlibrary [dot] org (Book a Librarian) - One-on-one with a research specialist
- Create a 3D Prototype in our Makerspace - Learn 3-D printing
- Tech Help - Get help with your computers, phones and devices
- WiFi Throughout the Building - and in the parking lot
- Wireless/Device Printing Service - Print from anywhere and pick up in the Library
Westport Library Initiatives
The Refinery - In the fall of 2014, the Library partnered with The Refinery to help accelerate startups led by women. The program was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The second phase of this initiative begins in February 2015.
Westport Library Databases
Lexis/Nexis - Company and industry profiles as well as news articles are found here. Primary source legal material (accessible only in the library) includes law review articles, case law, and regulations.
Plunkett's Research - See the most important trends and technologies creating change within an industry today offering statistics, market figures and forecasts. Identify an industry's leading companies, and compare vital company statistics, growth plans, financials and executives. Use Build-A-Report to select your custom industry data and create an executive report in PDF format.
Reference USA - A directory of more than 24 million businesses in the U.S. and 1.5 million in Canada that can be sorted by geography, size, type of business, and other criteria.
ICONN One Search - Explore multiple databases including magazines and journals across a vast array of subjects.
Westport Library Podcasts
Podcasts by entrepreneurs (including the Women's Entrepreneur Group.)
The Library has numerous books on starting a small business. You can use the search terms "Small Business," "Entrepreneurship," Innovation" when searching our catalog.
Some searches to get you started:
Entrepreneur - This magazine covers the diverse challenges of starting and operating a business.
Inc. - This magazine focuses on growing companies and publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the "Inc. 500."