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Business Resources

Starting your own business is hard work, but we can help you locate the tools you need to get your ideas off the ground.  Don't forget about the print resources, meeting spaces, and faxing/scanning services available at each of our locations.

Library Services

Web Resources

Recommended Reading

 

Library Services

These services can be accessed for free with your library card.  Book a Librarian for a quick, one-on-one tutorial.

Business Searching Interface

Find business journal articles, industry & market reports, company profiles, and more.  Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.
 

Grants Collection

Lexington Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.  The resources in our Grants Collection have been carefully selected to aid your 501(c)(3) in the grant seeking process.

 

Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.


Download the Lynda.com app!
(Note:  To log into the mobile app, select the "Organization" tab and enter lexpublib.org in the "Web Portal" section.  You will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN.)

Small Business Reference Center

Up to date information on topics from starting a company, operations management, and sales to growing or rescuing a business.  Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.

 

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Web Resources

These sites provide additional business-related information.

Bluegrass Small Business Development Center

The Bluegrass SBDC provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in Central Kentucky. The Bluegrass SBDC also meets the educational needs of the local small business community by offering a variety of low cost training programs taught by industry experts and qualified SBDC Consultants.

Commerce Lexington

Commerce Lexington Inc.'s economic focus centers on promoting entrepreneurial start-ups, business expansion and retention, and new job creation; advocacy; workforce development; connecting people and businesses; community, minority, and small business development; and the cultivation of local and regional leadership.

Kentucky Business One Stop Portal

The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is here to create an easy-to-use environment where Kentucky's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Kentucky.

Kentucky Innovation Network

The Kentucky Innovation Network has been around since 2001 creating a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. The Network is managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, along with local partners.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.

Score

Experienced volunteer business professionals who serve the greater Lexington area as part of the nation's premier mentoring organization for small business.

 

Startup with Google

A collection of tools, best practices, and communities to help with your new startup, cultivated by the folks at Google.

University of Kentucky Libraries: Entrepreneurship

A guide to resources for both community-based and UK-affiliated entrepreneurs.

 

Recommended Reading

These lists include titles from our collection that have been specially selected by Library staff to assist you.