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Small Business 

The Library is a center for adult learning and achievement where entreprenuers can thrive. We provide information, programs, access to technology, referrals, and a broad range of useful materials.

Announcing Fall Small Business Series  FREE! Register today! Phone 860-695-6334 or email

Brought to you in collaboration with U.S. Small Business Administration and the Hartford SCORE chapter. Beginning October 23 as detailed below. Workshops begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. and are held Downtown in The American Place room on the Main Floor. To earn a certificate of completion you are encouraged to attend all the workshops; copies of workshop materials are provided to each attendee.   
  • October 23 - Module #1  Access to Capital, Starting & Financing Your New Business / Understanding Credit Reports  
  • October 30 - Module #2 Legal Aspects of a Business / What Lenders Look For
  • November 6 - Module #3 The ABC’s of a Business Plan /How to Develop a SWOT Analysis
  • November 13 - Module #4 Contracting Basics/ Business Guides & Industry 
  • November 20 - Module #5 Marketing Your Business / Internet & Technology 

Area Support Services 

Small Business Administration, CT District Office       

280 Trumbull Street Second Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860-240-4700 Fax: 860-240-4659
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
District Director: Bernard M. Sweeney

Greater Hartford SCORE

280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 519-5851
MetroHartford Alliance
31 Pratt Street, 5th Floor
Hartford, CT  06103
Phone: 860.525.4451
Fax: 860.293.2592
Hartford Economic Development Corporation
15 Lewis Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Business Resource Center (BRC) - Kim Hawkins - Director
P. 860-527-1100 F. 860-527-1102


Business Writing Skills Success

Improve your business writing skills, strengthen your grammar, sharpen your reading, and learn to be more confident and productive in the workplace.  

IRS Tools

Legal Information Reference Center 

Search for legal forms, in categories including Business & Corporations; Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks; Property & Real Estate; Rights & Disputes. 

Search listings of more than 14 million U.S. businesses to conduct market research and competitor analysis.


Newspaper Databases:

Search the seven newspapers listed above at the same time.  After a successful search for articles in one or more newspapers, set up an alert to have articles on your subject automatically sent to your email address. 

Online Business Reference Books: 

Business Plans Handbook
Search this 12-volume set of more than 250 sample plans.

Encyclopedia of Small Business
Search this book of 600 detailed articles and overviews of the key information needs of small business owners.

Public Access Computers

Free public access computers with Microsoft Office products and Internet access are available at the Downtown Library and at all branches. A library card from any town in Connecticut is required to use computers in the Library.