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Business: Starting a Business

Small Business Organizations

Offering assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs:

Additional Business Guides

TCCL Research Wizard

The TCCL Research Wizard, a fee based service, can supply the numbers and background information to inform, guide and support your marketing plan or business strategy. Market Research Specialties Research Wizard sources contain most of the information you need to make good marketing decisions. Some of the specialty areas include the following:

  • Local, state, and national demographic & economic data
  • Market statistics on production, consumption and sales
  • Current health of the market
  • Forecast for demand and projected trends
  • Identification of market leaders

Gale Small Business Builder


Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool to help aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced small business owners plan, start, and optimize a small business or nonprofit.

Ideal for self-guided business planning, the intuitive program guides users through five areas of exploration:

Entrepreneur Profile - Entrepreneurs explore their abilities and reflect on how prepared they are to start a business.

Business Ideation - Employ tools such as Lean Canvas, SWOT, Porter’s Five Forces, and more to plan the high-level framework in which a business will operate.

Break-Even Analysis - Determine when a business will be able to cover all its expenses and begin to make a profit.

Business Plan - Create a plan that can be presented to potential investors and lenders.

Financial Projection - Produce a robust analysis of a company's financial future.

Use Gale Small Business Builder in conjunction with Tulsa City-County Library's other free tools for expert business research.

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center

This resource offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

Business videos provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos help foster success in all aspects of managing a business.

A collection of state-specific resources supports the researcher with demographic data and other local information.

Business Plans

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Library Database
Gale Virtual Reference Library - High-quality specialized encyclopedias and other reference sources once accessible only in the library are now available online from the library or remotely 24/7. Find books on starting a small business and business planning.  

Includes the Business Plans Handbook - a compilation of actual business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America.