The Spokane Business Library is a collaboration between Spokane County Library District and Spokane Public Library.

In developing a single county-wide platform featuring combined business resources, our goal is to provide all Spokane County residents with greater access to the business resources currently offered by the Spokane County Library District and Spokane Public Library.

AtoZdatabases resources have been moved to Data Axle Reference Solutions which can be found by scrolling to Data Axle Reference Solutions.

Provides access to an enormous wealth of real-time financial and business information from the market each day.

The Bloomberg Terminal provides access to an enormous wealth of real-time financial and business information from the market each day. Spokane Public Library is the second public library in the nation to offer this service. Bloomberg Terminal is only available on site at the Spokane Academic Library at the Riverpoint campus.

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Bloomberg Terminal is currently available to first-time users only with staff assistance - contact Mark Pond for more information.

Company profiles, industry reports, case studies, access to nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed business journals.

A scholarly business database providing a collection of bibliographic and full text content in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

Updated monthly, Business Source Complete offers comprehensive full-text coverage plus indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.

Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses.

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Demographics, consumer expenditures, interactive maps, and more.

Access demographic information, such as: Population, Income, Housing, Age, Education, Businesses, Retail sales, Consumer expenditures.

  • Identify household buying patterns
  • Create and analyze trade areas
  • Evaluate market penetration
  • Identify business locations
  • Target messaging, media buys and direct marketing campaigns
  • Find new customers — and reach them more effectively
  • Reveal untapped markets
  • Select the right merchandise mix
  • Expand into appropriate markets

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The only resource you need to search for the foundations most likely to give you grants.

Foundation Directory Online is a thorough database, comprising more than 140,000 grantmakers, that is updated weekly so you can count on the accuracy of results.

Multiple filters and an assessment tool help you quickly identify your best potential funding sources. You will also find grantmaker profiles, insights into previously awarded grants, maps and charts, lists of key decision makers and leaders, and a 990-PF tax form search.

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Foundation Directory Online is only available on site at certain locations:

  • Spokane Public Library: Central branch.
  • SCLD: North Spokane Library, Spokane Valley Library, and Cheney Library.

Plan, grow, and optimize a business or nonprofit organization, using a step-by-step guided process along with business development tools and information.

Gale Business: Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing, and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

As current business owners or new entrepreneurs progress through the guided workflow, they will encounter up to 400 highly-curated links to “Helpful Resources” that will inform and assist them in completing business planning activities.

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Hundreds of instructor-led online courses.

Gale Courses offer a wide range of highly interactive courses taught entirely online by college instructors and experts in the field, ensuring a high-quality, high-impact educational experience.

  • Courses to support business professionals, such as business law, human resources, management, manufacturing, and marketing
  • Computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced

Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

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Industry research reports and risk ratings on every U.S. industry.

IBISWorld employs a team of dedicated expert analysts to research economic, demographic and government data to provide valuable insight into America’s 700+ industries, so you can make better business decisions, faster.

Each report consists of 30 to 40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.

Whether your company requires a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts; whether you need a clearer picture of a supply chain, or whether you need to keep abreast of competitor activity in your industry, IBISWorld’s comprehensive reports will keep you informed.

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Everyone is welcome to use IBISWorld at the Central Library. You do not need a library card. Just bring your computer (or use one of ours).

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Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new & existing businesses "do legal" without having to hire a lawyer.

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LivePlan simplifies business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and performance tracking for small businesses and startups. Just fill in the answers presented and LivePlan does the heavy lifting for you.

With LivePlan's unique approach to business planning, you'll have a detailed business plan before you know it. It's fast, easy, and even fun. In no time, you'll be planning marketing and sales activities, dreaming up products and service offerings, and creating essential financial projections. It's the quickest way to get started.

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LivePlan is currently available only with staff assistance - contact Mark Pond for more information.

On-demand technology, creative, and business training taught by industry experts.

With over 16,000 online courses all taught by industry experts, LinkedIn Learning offers on-demand training to help members achieve their personal and professional goals.

Every LinkedIn Learning course includes free video tutorials and is designed for users to set their own pace. Lessons and tutorials can be watched from your preferred browser on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Instructor and practice files are provided with each course to aid in the learning process.

LinkedIn Learning provides tools for anyone—from entry to executive level—to advance in their career. Whether you’re an accomplished graphic designer interested in starting your own firm or a new teacher looking to master classroom technologies, you’ll find countless resources on LinkedIn Learning.

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Investment information on companies, funds, and markets, along with newsletters, articles, and other educational information

Morningstar's research and recommendations are considered by financial journalists as extremely influential in the asset-management industry, and a positive or negative recommendation from Morningstar analysts can drive billions of dollars into or away from any given fund.

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Built for innovators by innovators, PatSnap’s modern interface is intuitive and easy-to-use regardless of IP skill level. PatSnap simplifies the research process and makes it easier to turn insights into actionable intelligence.

In partnership with HSSA, the Spokane Public Library is proud to offer access to PatSnap. As the global leaders in connected innovation intelligence, PatSnap uses AI-powered and machine learning technology to comb through billions of datasets, and help innovators connect the dots. With a team of more than 800 PatSnappers spanning three continents, and 10,000+ customers in 40+ countries, PatSnap is revolutionizing the innovation process and making it faster, more efficient, and easier than ever before.

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PatSnap is currently available only with staff assistance - contact Mark Pond for more information.

Research and analyze companies, deals, funds, investors and service providers across the entire private investment lifecycle.

In partnership with University of Washinton’s CoMotion Labs, the Spokane Public Library is proud to offer access to PitchBook. PitchBook is the go-to resource for data and research on the private financial markets, including private equity, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. The PitchBook Platform empowers users to make informed investment and business decisions by surfacing hard-to-find financial data on companies, investors, funds, LPs and service providers.

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Pitchbook is currently available only with staff assistance - contact Mark Pond for more information.

Pronunciator includes on-demand, self-paced language learning in over 80 languages.

Language learning for those working with immigrant and refugee communities or working in international markets.

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Full-text access to nearly 10,000 publications including the Wall Street Journal going back to 1984 and the Spokesman Review going back to 1991.

Great for local research! Proquest provides full-text access to the Spokesman Review going back to 1991.

Full-text access to thousands of other newspapers and other publications is available as well.

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RMA Statement Studies offers the full array of RMA's online products that will meet your needs in training, industry intelligence, and surveys and studies ranging across three of RMA's risk disciplines: Credit, Enterprise, and Operational.

For more than 100 years, RMA has been the leader in providing reliable and accurate financial benchmarking figures including standards for balance sheet and income statement line items, as well as numerous industry average ratios such as the current ratio, quick ratio, and turnover ratios.

This resource provided courtesy of SNAP and Craft3.

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Market research, competitive analysis, and sales lead list generation.

Data Axle Reference Solutions. is the leading provider in business and consumer research! Offering a full-service platform, Data Axle Reference Solutions. helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people.

Data Axle Reference Solutions. database selections and real-time access to more than 20 Million Businesses, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners and Movers, make research easy and fast!

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The Statistics Portal for Market Data, Market Research and Market Studies.

Statista is one of the world's largest statistics portals, bringing together statistics and market reports on over 80,000 topics arranged by business sector.

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Statista is currently available only with staff assistance - contact Mark Pond for more information.

Everyone is welcome to use Statista at the Downtown Library you do not need a library card. You do not need a library card. Just bring your computer (or use one of ours).

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Use Gale Presents: Udemy learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages.

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Washington State and federal legal forms covering many important business use cases.

The Washington State Legal Forms Library offers access to hundreds of legal forms in several document formats, such as MS Word and Adobe PDF.

Some examples of the forms available include:

  • Partnership Agreements
  • Buy Sell Agreements
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Nondisclosure Agreements
  • SWOT Analysis Worksheets
  • End User License Agreements
  • Software Contracts
  • Online Return and Exchange Policies
  • Indemnification Guaranties
  • Liability Waivers
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Eastern Washington University

EWU Libraries offer several resources not available through Spokane Public Library or Spokane County Library District.

These resources are available to the general public by visiting the EWU Riverpoint Campus Library (map).

  • JSTOR Business & Economics Journals

    Full-text articles from over 100 scholarly business and economics journals, from the first issue up to 3-5 years ago.

  • EconLit (EBSCOhost) — 1969–present

    Indexes articles on economics issues from over 750 journals and magazines, as well as dissertations, books, and working papers.

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States

    Summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Offers 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets), both searchable and browsable.

  • LexisNexis Academic Business

    U.S. and international company financial information, market research, industry reports, & SEC filings.

  • Plunkett Research

    Offers industry sector analysis and research, industry trends and industry statistics for market research, vertical industry marketing data, or industry trends analysis.

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost)

    Comprehensive database for communication and mass media issues, covering over 800 journals, of which around 350 are available in full text. Selected core titles are indexed back to the first issue.

  • PrivCo Private Company Financial Intelligence

    Find data for over 800,000 privately-held companies. Data includes company financials, detailed business descriptions, funding histories, acquisitions, competitors, IPO activity, and bankruptcy/restructuring info.

  • Mintel Academic

    Full text market research reports on all business sectors. Also includes marketing reports on current trends (e-commerce, green, social media, etc.) and by demographic groups. Reports include detailed analysis and data and are segmented to make it easier to jump to the section you care about. Can download sections as PDFs, MS Word, Excel, or use the Export function to download as RTF files.

    NOTE: On the initial screen, you must agree to abide by their Conditions of Use before proceeding to the reports.

  • Mergent Online

    Offers business and financial information on global, publicly listed companies.Included are SEC financial statements.

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