Small Business + Entrepreneurs

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Small Business Guide

Learn from the pros.  Take advantage of free counseling and services offered by these local agencies.    

  • Canisius College Women's Business Center  (WBC)
    Helps entrepreneurs gain practical knowledge, fortify critical skills, make important connections, and power up their ability to succeed.
    "Counselors to America's Small Business" since 1964, is America's premier source of free & confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.
  • Small Business Development Center of Buffalo  (SBDC)
    Free one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses, providing information and guidance in easily accessible locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, educators, and federal, state and local governments.

Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Guide 

  • United States Copyright Office Protect your legal right to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.
    The site offers a free searchable index of copyrights and electronic forms to register your work. Includes a full description of the laws and regulations that govern the copyright process.
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Protect a symbol, word, or words used to represent your company or product.
    Offers a free searchable patent and trademark index, step by step application guides, access to electronic submission forms, and inventors’ assistance information.  This official government site includes a full description of the laws and regulations that govern the patent and trademark process along with helpful tutorials, diagrams, and FAQ pages.

Grants and Grant Writing for Not-For-Profits Guide

Don’t be fooled by ads for “free money”, find legitimate sources of funding for your non-profit organization.

  • Foundation Directory Online (For use ONLY at the Central Library)
    Find comprehensive, in-depth information on U.S. grant-makers and their grants drawn from reliable sources including IRS 990s, grant-maker web sites and annual reports, plus data provided directly by grant-makers.  Virtual Tour
  • Consult with a librarian one-on-one for up to an hour. A librarian can point out the most relevant resources for your project and show you how to use them. Book a Librarian

If you prefer to read books on the subject, click on the following topics to see what we have for you to borrow. Our online subject guides have even more links to books.

Business Planning
New Business Enterprises
Small Business Accounting
Small Business Management
Small Business Taxes
Success in Business
Fund raising 
Proposal writing for grants