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Programs & Exhibitions

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, Connecticut 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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

Online Learning

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.  

Quickbooks - Learn how to use this popular small business accounting software program through UniversalClass.  (Access UniversalClass, a free resource offering 500+ online courses, in the Library.  If you are a Hartford resident with a valid Library card you can also access it at home.)


Online Tools


IRS Tools

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

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


Books and Magazines (digital and print)  

Recommended titles:  

Business Plans Handbook - see more than 250 sample plans, (online reference book)

The economy of you: discover your inner entrepreneur and recession-proof your life, by Palmer, Kimberly, Call No.  HD5110.P35 2014

Encyclopedia of Small Business - has key information for small business owners (online reference book)

Finding the space to lead: a practical guide to mindful leadership, by Marturano, Janice, Call No. BF637.L4 M287 2014

Guerrilla marketing research: Marketing research techniques that can help any business make more money, by Kaden, Robert J. , Call No. HF5415.2 K24 2006

Locavesting: the revolution in local investing and how to profit from it, by Cortese, Amy, Call No. HD2341.C67 2011

The small business bible: everything you need to know to succeed in your small business, by Strauss, Steven D., Call No. HD62.7 S875 2012

Spark & hustle: launch and grow your small business now, by Johnson, Tory, Call No. HD62.5 J646 2012

Your first business plan: a simple question-and-answer format designed to help you write your own plan, by Covello, Joseph A., Call No. HD62.5 C685 2005


Print magazines include: Business Week; Entrepreneur; Forbes;  Fortune; Harvard Business Review; and Inc..

Online magazines including: Bloomberg Businessweek; The Economist; Forbes; Harper's Magazine; Kiplinger's; Money Sense. are available through ZINIO. To access these title you need to create an account with Recorded Books and a separate account with Zinio - learn more, click here.  

Newspaper Databases - Search the seven newspapers listed below at the same time or individually.  

For more books and magazines, SEARCH THE CATALOG at by SUBJECT  or KEYWORD, using terms:  ‘business’, or ‘entrepreneurship’; or BROWSE THE SHELVES in these Call Number locations:  'BF637.S8', 'HD- ' , and 'HF1000- '.

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.