Gale Small Business Builder’s Nonprofit Path is Enhanced

Gale listens to your feedback. As we head into the new year, Gale Small Business Builder‘s nonprofit users will see new tools and features aligned more closely with their needs. Enhancements to ideation, break-even, and planning activities have been updated with the social entrepreneur in mind. Ideation Aspiring founders need frameworks that help them vet their … Read more

Mid-Continent Public Library Offers New Tools for Entrepreneurs

| Originally published by Starland News, sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library | With more than 30 libraries in the Kansas City region, the Mid-Continent Public Library offers entrepreneurs a wealth of tools beyond books on shelves. From databases to software to an array of events, MCPL provides a trove of information to better build a … Read more

Library Journal Weighs in on Gale Small Business Builder

The new database Gale Small Business 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 in order to develop a business plan focused on long-term success. For patrons exploring the idea of small business ownership, this resource provides a … Read more

Location, Location, Location

| By Holly Hibner | I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous posts that my husband is opening a brewery. They’re almost there, and should open soon! There has been a lot of research needed throughout the project, so we have made good use of many Gale databases. DemographicsNow is one we’ve used extensively. … Read more

Help Them Build a Better Business

In the U.S., there are 28.8 million small businesses, accounting for 54 percent of all sales reports the Small Business Administration.  Across the country, public libraries are supporting entrepreneurship as a core mission and are increasingly serving as vital members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The public endorses this approach: A 2015 Pew Research Center survey … Read more

Gale Directory Library

By Holly Hibner I work in a medium-sized public library in Michigan, and our business reference collection has been named an official “Business Resource Center” by the Michigan Small Business Development Center. We provide business materials in a variety of formats to help business people and entrepreneurs to be successful. Our Business Resource Center includes most … Read more

Small Business Resource Center Enhanced Experience Now Available

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New enhancements now available in Small Business Resource Center (SBRC). You and your users can experience an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key business stages—plan, fund, start, and manage—plus, new content, features, and enhanced functionality.

Enhancements for the current small business owner, as well as the aspiring entrepreneur
 SBRC users are now able to access the most popular features of leading Gale products, including:

  • Integration with G Suite for Education tools, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, and more
  • Highlights and notes to select and annotate important text to view, print, or export
  • Improved translation with text translation in 23 languages and platform translation in 34
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology to hear the article read out loud and download the audio file to take with them on their phone or other mobile device.
  • Mobile-optimized display and improved user experience on all devices
  • Citation Tools that generate APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations in the most recent format

The same great content…and then some
SBRC brings together hundreds of sample business plans, small business journals, and resources for many aspects of business: accounting, HR, management, marketing, taxes, and more. Content now includes a wide range of media and sources:

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A Look at Gale Through the College Intern’s Eyes

By Joe Jabbour

As a product summer intern on the Business & Organizations Team in Content & Development, I spent the last three months assessing Gale’s business content and resources. I’m excited to tell you all about the fun, intellectual work I accomplished at Gale.

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Midlife Crisis? Open a Business

By Holly Hibner

Business reference: librarians either love it or hate it. Thankfully, Gale’s Small Business Resource Center make’s it easy for us. Seriously – if you haven’t looked at SBRC recently, do yourself a favor and check it out. You’ll thank me later.

My husband and two business partners recently decided that what they really should do for their midlife crisis is open a brewery. He couldn’t just buy a Corvette – he decided to open a small business. He (and both partners) are engineers, so they don’t have a lot of experience opening or running a business. Gale’s Small Business Resource Center came to their rescue. (Well, my rescue if I’m being honest. Who do you think did a lot of the research for them?)

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Overcoming Barriers to Innovation

Posted June 22, 2016

By John Chrastka, Executive Director, EveryLibrary

EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries. They are chartered “to promote public, school, and college libraries, including by advocating in support of public funding for libraries and building public awareness of public funding initiatives”. Their primary work is to support local public libraries when they have a referendum or measure on the ballot. John Chrastka, the Executive Director of EveryLibrary, encourages libraries with a few important tips on how to overcome the barriers to innovation they most often face.

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