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Business Resources

The Washoe County Library System has a wide variety of resources to help your business, from print materials to free access to online resources, including Reference USA, lynda.com, and Learning Express. In addition to our latest research databases listed below, you will find a list of local business resources and organizations to help you get your business plans off the ground. Not finding what you need?  Call any of our 12 branches and let us help you.

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Business Source Elite
Includes full-text articles from business newspapers and magazines, including Harvard Business Review, MacWorld, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and nearly 500 peer-reviewed publications.

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Legal Information Reference Center
Find assistance on legal matters of all kinds. Includes full text for many top consumer legal reference books; thousands of legal forms; legal information about businesses and corporations, patents, copyrights and trademarks, business taxes, and more.

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Lynda.com
Premiere online learning resources for business, software, technological, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

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Reference USA 
Find new business opportunities, research companies, conduct market research, create business plans, and much more. Instant access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million US businesses and 235 million US residents. 

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Regional Business News 
Includes full-text coverage of regional business journals, newspapers, and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas in the United States.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
Search and browse recent and historical articles. Digital access includes text archives (1999-present), digital microfilm (2009-present), and historic Reno newspapers (1870s-1977). 

Bridgewire                                                       
Bridgewire is a member-funded makerspace/hackerspace/workshop serving the Reno-Sparks area. Bridgewire is open 24/7 to all members with “Open Space Night” every Thursday from 6-9 pm, or by appointment.

The Chamber                                                
The Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Northern Nevada and is a voice for businesses in Washoe County. It focuses on advocacy on behalf of all businesses, information and education for members, and connectivity with members and consumers.

Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada            
EDAWN is committed to recruiting and expanding quality companies that have a positive economic impact on the quality of life in greater Reno-Tahoe. EDAWN provides advice and guidance on business incentives and assistance programs.

Entrepreneurs Organization                           
EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps entrepreneurs grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts.

The Generator                                              
The Generator is an inclusive art, maker, and community space in Reno, open to anyone who wants to make art and be part of a creative community.

Nevada Governor’s Office on Economic Development                                                                
GOED’s mission is to maintain a diverse economic base, ensure a healthy economy through quality jobs and competitive wages, and provide a quality of life that attracts and retains businesses. GOED programs are designed to remove barriers and help businesses achieve success. Whether your company is entering the global market for the first time or you’re an experienced exporter, GOED will provide the help you need to grow your business and market your products and services to national and international audiences.

Innevation Center                                                                
The Innevation Center is a collaborative space created to stimulate invention, entrepreneurship, small businesses, and startups. The center features co-working areas and a makerspace for members, as well as conference rooms and closed office spaces for rent. There’s access to seed funding, business mentorship, and networking opportunities.

Made in Nevada                                                        
MIN is an association of business, agriculture, and governmental entities working together to develop awareness and to promote the purchase of products manufactured and crafted in Nevada. Made in Nevada businesses are listed on the MIN website, giving you the ability to connect to people seeking information about the products you offer.

Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology
NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.

Nevada Microenterprise Initiative
NMI provides tools to assist businesses in overcoming barriers they may face in starting or expanding a company. NMI offers business training, business loans, and great networking opportunities.

Nevada Small Business Development Center                 
NSBDC provides an abundance of free and low-cost information, assistance, counseling, and training for Nevada businesses.

Nevada Industry Excellence                        
NVIE works directly with Nevada companies to strengthen their global competitiveness by providing information, and assistance in adopting new, more advanced technologies, techniques, and best business practices. NVIE provides managerial assistance and helps companies streamline operations and apply the most up-to-date technology.

Procurement Outreach Program                             
This division of the State of Nevada works to increase the flow of contract dollars to Nevada businesses by providing the necessary training and technical assistance to find, bid on, and acquire federal, state, and local contracts.

Reno Collective                                                                     
With freelancing and remote work becoming increasingly popular for creative and technical talent, Reno Collective provides a collaborative workspace for your business needs.

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority                                    
The RSCVA acts as a marketing organization to promote convention and tourism business in the area. RSCVA owns and operates several facilities designed to draw out-of-town visitors.

Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-Op  
This organization supports Nevada based, locally owned businesses to help economic recovery, create local jobs for local people, retain and grow local businesses, and promote sustainability and prosperity for all of Nevada.

Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency
TMRPA addresses infrastructure, land-use planning, and natural resource management in Washoe County.

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow
Truckee Meadows Tomorrow is a grassroots, nonprofit organization. TMT’s vision is to continually improve the quality of life in the Truckee Meadows.

Entrepreneurs Assembly                                                         
EA helps entrepreneurs create and grow their business with virtual incubators. EA’s effective facilitation processes and working sessions incorporate best business practices, educational leadership, and mentoring, resulting in new and more productive businesses.

1 Million Cups                                                                       
This free program is designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. 1 Million Cups is now in more than 160 communities across the country, working with entrepreneurs and giving them the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.

US Small Business Administration; Small Business Innovation Research; Small Business Technology Transfer Program     
The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses and provides SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance, and training programs to help businesses succeed. SBIR and STTR are two similar federal grant programs designed to involve small, but high technology, companies in meeting the needs of 11 federal agencies. $2.3 billion is available each year, and each of the agencies issues its priorities and proposal submission instructions at least once a year.

SCORE  
SCORE mentors give free small business and startup advice. They can show you how to turn your idea into a business and avoid some of the most common pitfalls. SCORE also provides tools such as business plan templates and the best in small business education, as well as one-on-one mentoring. Over 40 volunteer counselors are available to help you.

Society for Human Resource Management                                 
SHRM provides a centralized list of resources to prepare, train, and connect Nevada job seekers with Nevada employers.

US Department of Agriculture                                           
The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues. The agency provides grants for the purchase of renewable energy systems and funding to increase the economic viability of biomass projects and energy technology.

Print

RomanceBookCloud

Always-available ebooks in all romance genres

Digital Magazines

Instant access to your favorite magazines, now with thousands of new titles

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times

AudioBookCloud

A collection of always-available audiobooks for all ages

TechBoomers

Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers

Mango

Learn one of 70 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, and even Pirate

Lynda.com

Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleMath K-6

Animated, narrated math stories and other elementary school math resources

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids

TeenBookCloud

Ebooks, graphic novels, and more for teens and tweens

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources

Explora

Research resources and tools for students and teachers