Business & Investing

Entrepreneurs Edge Entrepreneurs Edge is a collaboration between HCPL, Harford County Office of Economic Development, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford Community College, Harford Business Innovation Center and Small Business Technology Development Center to provide resources and support for aspiring business owners. Click here to learn more!

Premium Resources

DemographicsNOW: Business & PeopleDemographicsNOW: Business and People NEW!

DemographicsNOW is the ideal resource for library patrons in need of a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool. Users can produce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports — they can even utilize a unique mapping tool that ‘visualizes’ trends. Assess business viability, perform market and site location analysis, create sales leads and/or marketing mailing lists, find potential sponsors and donors to grow a non-profit, prepare a small business plan and much more.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides access to premium information on stock and funds and includes Morningstar analysts’ independent opinion on 1,700 stocks, 2,200 mutual funds, and 300 exchange rated funds. The research center also offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data. The database lets users build and test portfolio ideas online, and provides financial education through its Investing Classroom.

Reference USA

ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 260 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more. Available for use at this library are: U.S and Canadian Businesses, White Pages, Consumer, New Businesses, Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyles, and New Mover/New Homeowners.

Small Business Resource Center

Small Business Resource Center is a comprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more.

Value Line

Value Line, the most complete guide to investment research, provides online access to a full array of products including the Research Center, Value Line Investment surveys (standard edition, plus edition, small & mid-cap edition), the Selection & Opinion newsletters, Value Line Mutual Fund Surveys and many more.

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Recommended Websites

Business Law.Gov: Legal and Regulatory Information for America’s Small Business

This site is a gateway to federal, state, and local information to help small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services.

Investment Adviser Public Disclosure

This database provides instant access to registration documents filed by more than 25,000 SEC- or state-registered investment advisers.

Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC)

Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) site provides BRAC-related information and activities that enable businesses the opportunity to be positioned for the expected growth in the county.

Business Owner’s Toolkit

The Business Owner’s Toolkit offers free cost-cutting tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates specifically geared to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Annual Credit Report

This website was created by the “big three” credit score companies to comply with federal law requiring these companies to provide every citizen with a free credit report (not including credit score) once a year. This service truly is free, unless users choose to purchase additional credit information, especially their credit score.

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