Prince William Public Libraries

Small Business Information


Getting Started | Market & Industry Research | Money & Finance | Business Plans | Marketing | Managing for Success

Compiled by MAGIC, the Management and Government Information Center of Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL).

Getting Started
You’ll find books about starting a business in the 658.022 or 346.730652 sections of PWPL. Contact MAGIC or any full service library location for assistance.

Yes Virginia
Establishing or expanding a Small Business in Virginia.

Prince William County Business Assistance
Doing Business in Prince William County:  regulations, licenses and taxes.

Forming a Virginia corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership or business trust.
The Virginia State Corporation Commission
Virginia Department of Small Business

SCORE – the Service Corps of Retired Executives
Free help and mentoring.

Virginia Small Business Development Center
Professional counseling, training and information.

NOLO Business Formation, LLCs and Corporations
Legal information for the non lawyer.

How to Start a Business in Prince William County

The Tools You Need To Start & Grow Your Small Business by Prince William County Department of Economic Development

Business Networks for Women has all kinds of help available.

The Minority Business Development Agency of the US Department of Commerce.

All Business
Getting started, staffing, managing, technology – it’s all here.

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Market and Industry Research
Prince William Public Libraries subscribes to a number of business/industry databases. Search the AtoZdatabases to find the number and kind of businesses in a particular geographic area. Use the Business Insights: Essentials to find detailed company and industry news and formation. These are available for free 24/7 at the Digital Library page. You will need a library card. PWPL specialists are available to help with searching these or any other databases. Contact your local library.

Market Research Reports
Browse the research reports by market or topic. Reports cover product and market trends, opportunities, sales and marketing strategies.

Interested in exporting? brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies.

Research labor market, economic and demographic data at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

US County Business Patterns is a publication of the US Census Bureau. Here you’ll find data on establishments and employment size. 

Track the buying habits of the American consumer at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey site.  

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used to classify business establishments for data gathering.  Find the code for any business at the NAICS site.

Local economic data by industry. Use the data to analyze market potential or measure the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs.

Monthly and Annual Retail Trade provides comprehensive data on retail activity.

Businesses use the data from the Center for Economic Studies to locate potential markets and to analyze their own production and sales performance relative to industry or area averages.

Small Business Administration
Small Business statistics and data from the Small Business Administration

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Money and Finance
You'll find books about money for small business in the 658.15224 section of PWPL. Contact any full service library location for assistance.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Loans, grants and scholarships from the federal government, searchable by agency.

Find and apply for federal government grants at

Small Business Administration site has information about loans, venture capital, surety bonds and export financing.

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Business Plans
You'll find books about business plans in the 658.4012 section of PWPL. Contact any full service library location for assistance.

Business Planning for Non-profits or For-Profits from the Free Management Library.
Sample business and marketing plans by type of business, funding guides, webinars, legal information and much more.

Business Plan—University of Missouri Extension on how to write a business plan.

Step by step guide to writing a business plan.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburg—actual business plans for specific types of businesses

Actual business plans by type of business.

The Small Business Administration has current market research reports on many types of businesses.

Business Plan preparation from University of Colorado

Entrepreneur’s Guidebook Series—business plan guides including marketing

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Books about marketing can be found in the 658.83 area of PWPL. Contact any full service library location for assistance.

American Marketing Association
Not all content available to non members, but does have current marketing articles.

Free, sample marketing plans from MPlans.

Marketing research for professionals – articles on branding, quick webcasts (may be fee based).

The Ultimate Trade Show Directory
Trade shows directory.

Trends in Small Business
Keep current on news affecting small business.

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Managing for Success
Books about management can be found in the 658.3-658.5 area of PWPL. Contact any full service library location for assistance.

Business Ethics
Bell: The Business Ethics Links Library
Create a more effective organization, just like the top CEOs.

Deloitte Debates
Shrink or grow, buy or sell, take rick or sit tight with your business.

Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Join the 2,000 member network, the largest in the DC Metro area.

Society for Human Resource Management

Create a Code of Ethics

has a leadership section with timely articles and advice on running your business.

Entrepreneur magazine has a wealth of information for the small business owner.

The Edward Lowe Foundation

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