Business & Nonprofit
We are happy to help you use these resources. Just stop by the Ask Desk, or contact us by phone at 785-843-3833, by email, or start a chat session. You can also Book a Librarian to make an appointment for one-on-one assistance with these resources.
Business and Investment
Whether you’re writing a business plan, starting a small business, or looking for new clients, these research tools can help:
- Business Source Premier: Wide variety of business topics, including marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
- Small Business Reference Center: Business basics, start-up kits, industry information, and access to ebooks. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
- Universal Class: Video-based courses for developing professional skills, such as accounting basics, managing rental properties, or crafting an effective presentation. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
- Lynda.com: Online tutorials on a wide array of professional and technology skills, from crafting a business plan to designing a website. Available in the library or remotely with your Lawrence Public Library card number and PIN.
- Census Business Builder: Selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau to help you start or grow a business or understand the business landscape for a region, presented in a simple to use format. Freely available online.
- Mergent Intellect: This powerful tool is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and business researchers, offering industry research, consumer and demographic data, and well as tools for effective job searching.
We are a part of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. The Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy and serves grantseekers, grantmakers, and the general public. Our partnership in the network is made possible by the generous support of the Douglas County Community Foundation.
In addition to reference books and circulating titles, we provide access to several powerful tools:
- Foundation Directory Online: Searchable database of over 100,000 grantmakers. Available in the library on our public computers, or on your device via our wireless network.
- Foundation Grants to Individuals Online: Geared toward individuals and small organizations, includes over 10,000 foundations and public charity programs. Available in the library on our public computers or on your laptop via our wireless network.
- Foundation Maps: Uses aggregated data and demographic maps to reveal patterns of foundation giving and funding relationships. Available in the library on our public computers or on your laptop via our wireless network.
- Grantspace: This service of the Foundation Center offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofitsin need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations.
We also provide occasional workshops and training sessions on using Foundation Center materials. If you want to learn about these opportunities and additions to the collection (and other happenings around the library), sign up for our Connections weekly e-newsletter. If you need more information or help getting started, please contact us by phone (785-843-3833), email, or chat, or make a Book a Librarian appointment.