Business Plan Month

December is Business Plan Month. Are you working on a business plan or starting a business? The library can help with online resources!

One step in starting a business is studying the market in your area. Where to do this market research? At your library - with Reference Solutions! Formerly ReferenceUSA, this popular directory offers business listings that include address/phone, executive names, financial data and more, which are searchable by business type, business size, geographical area, and other options. There’s also a residential database, as well as special business types like Healthcare and historical businesses.

Business owners also need legal resources. Your library card also gets you access to Gale Legal Forms, a collection of Arizona-specific legal materials created and reviewed by legal professionals. Chose the Small Business category for articles on legal topics, accounting resources, forms, letters, and business plan templates, too!

To access these resources, visit, use the Browse the Library dropdown to choose Online Resources - All, then choose your resource. Log in when prompted with your library card number and PIN, then search or browse for your topic. Can’t make it to the library to get a card? We offer eCards that allow access to our online resources! If you’re a Maricopa County resident, you can fill out the online form to register for your eCard. See more at our Get a Card page. eCard users can come to the library at any time to upgrade to a full-access card that allows checkout of books and other physical materials.