Business Services

Business Services

The Delray Beach Public Library LOVES Small Businesses!

Savvy business owners know the best source of information isn’t always Google. The ultimate search engine is @ the Delray Beach Public Library: A librarian.

Our library offers the best of both worlds — extensive print works and some of the finest electronic resources available.  We provide online collections free of charge to our customers in the same way we provide books, DVDs and other resources — but you can log on 24/7 from your home, office or home-office!

Using the library has never been faster, easier, or more comfortable. In addition to wifi, the library offers:

  • 30 public computers with Internet connection and MS Office 2016
  • A Tech Center with 10 computers that can be reserved for self-paced study, resume writing, online applications, and attending computer classes
  • Three study rooms for individual and group study

Librarians are the ultimate search engine. Our job is to help you find the answers. Stop by the reference desk, email us at delraybeachpubliclibrary@gmail.com, or call 561-266-0196.

Think you’re connected? Think again!

You’ve got a cell phone. You’ve got a computer. You’ve got WiFi. You think you’re wired and ready to launch your small business into the 21st Century. But unless you’re connected to the Delray Beach Public Library, you may not know what you’re missing. Getting free resources, support and computer training for your small business is as easy as getting a free Delray Beach Public Library Card.

The library provides free access to up-to-the-minute databases, live online services for market and business data research, sales leads, mailing lists, geographic, demographic, and competitor market data. Professional research librarians can help you maximize the use of these tools. In addition, you get free business consulting services from a Small Business Development Center professional.

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Looking for FREE professional development training for you and your employees? The library offers basic to advanced computer classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows 10 and Gmail.

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Bring your business to the cloud with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, an Apple iCloud. The Reference Department offers free classes to help you leverage the cloud for online collaboration and communication.

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The library has print and online resources that offer expert career advice, resume help, and tips on how to ace that job interview, including online consultations with job coaches, resume experts, and interview coaches.

Online Resources

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases is the premier reference and mailing list database, with more than 30 million business and executive profiles and 220 million residential records. AtoZdatabases is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Use the mobile app to find a person or a business anytime, anywhere.

Business Insights: Essentials

Company and industry intelligence, financial reports, and news designed to accommodate the research goals and workflows of a diverse business research community.

Business & Finance Magazines from RBDigital

The Economist, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and more.

Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow is America’s premier online career-enhancing resource, offering premium resume creation software with hundreds of resume templates, feedback via email and one-to-one chat with trained job coaches, and thousands of industry-specific interview coaching videos. JobNow also offers interview tips, career assessments, job search resources, and eParachute to help discover college majors and careers that match skills and interests.

Business Plans Handbook Series

Search hundreds of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Includes templates, fictional business plans, and a listing of organizations, agencies, and consultants.

DemographicsNow

DemographicsNow offers a wealth of highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers. Easily and rapidly produce a variety of both standard and custom reports to help make informed decisions. DemographicsNow: Business & People description is ideal for gaining consumer and market insight for opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products or services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population and much more.

Small Business Resources from the Florida Electronic Library

Ebooks, academic journals, trade publications, and more.

Florida SBDC

A joint project with the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Florida SBDC at Florida Atlantic University Division of Research, the Small Business Development Center satellite office is located on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Since 1976 the Florida Small Business Development Center Network has provided consulting to thousands of entrepreneurs in the state of Florida through a network of 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West. The office located in the Delray Beach Public Library serves the needs of Delray’s growing small business community. Whether you are an existing business or considering launching a new endeavor, a few of the many services provided include guidance on market research and expansion, business plan development, financial analysis and feasibility assessment. Consultation is a no-cost service paid for by your local, state and federal tax dollars.

To arrange for a private consultation, follow this link and register your interest. Once we receive your request, a member of the team will contact you to set up a meeting.

In addition, look for our SBDC Learning Series Programs.

Federal, Florida & Palm Beach County Resources for Business

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)

Download, track, and graph interest rates, CPI, GDP, employment, income, and thousands of other economic time series from US and international sources.

Florida Division of Corporations (Sunbiz)

Florida’s official website for nonprofit and for-profit businesses and organizations. Research and file articles of incorporation, annual reports, Uniform Commercial Code financing statements, trademarks and service marks, fictitious name registrations, and more.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

The DBPR licenses and regulates Florida businesses and professions.

Local Business Tax Receipts (formerly Occupational Licenses)

Businesses providing merchandise or services to the public in Palm Beach County — including one-person and home-based businesses — are required to purchase a county business tax receipt.