From Ship Driver to Library Space Entrepreneur

Recently, Deziner Software partnered with Gale to launch Gale Small Business Builder in the public library space. This self-guided online resource is designed to help budding entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners create a business plan and discover more about themselves and their finances. It seems now like such a natural path, given the thousands … Read more

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

Winners Never Quit: Winning Biz Resources Keep Delivering

Outstanding Business Reference Resources 2014

By Tina Creguer

Football coach Vince Lombardi’s popular axiom “Winners never quit, and quitters never win” applies to more than just sports.  For libraries, it applies to award-winning business resources that keep delivering quality content with ongoing, persistent access, available 24/7.

Four Gale business eBooks were recently honored as 2014 Outstanding Business Reference Resources, a listing of 10 titles selected by the RUSA’s BRASS Business Reference Sources Committee. Two Gale titles were deemed “outstanding”; two titles, “notable.”  Honored and humbled by these designations, we share this list with you:

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Support local small businesses…and watch them grow!

Public libraries support food truck businesses

By Kim Martin

Resources for the Small Business OwnerJorge, a skilled cook and heir to his parents’ restaurant business, has been watching the fast rise of the food truck business. The time and circumstances seem right for him to expand his business by putting a truck on the road. But he wonders…has the trend already peaked? Is this the right idea to pursue?

Jorge and other small business owners in your community are looking for information that can help them understand market conditions, develop business plans, and make informed decisions to succeed. You can provide them with easy-to-use electronic resources that give them instant access to the same resources that Fortune 500 and other successful businesses use.

Be part of your community’s economic growth by providing entrepreneurs the support, information, and planning tools they need to thrive—including online courses, electronic database resources, and eBooks:

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Michigan eLibrary Boosts Local Economy

Public Libraries support local business

By Gale Marketing Research Team

In June 2013, the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), a service of the Library of Michigan, added three Gale online resources – DemographicsNow: Business & People, BusinessInsights: Global, and Gale LegalForms – plus a collection of business-oriented GVRL eBooks to their portfolio.

The decision to purchase business resources for Michigan resulted in funding proposed by the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as part of his “Economic Gardening” initiative to grow businesses in the state, which was then enacted by the Michigan state legislature.

Before MeL had these new business resources available, libraries had to buy their own. Many didn’t have the funds to do so, according to Deb Biggs Thomas, Michigan eLibrary & Outreach Coordinator at the Library of Michigan.

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