Resources for Starting a Business

Where to look in the Library

Head for the nonfiction section, which is organized according to subject matter by the Dewey Decimal System – some Dewey numbers to look for:

158.1 for self-help and inspiration

330’s for economics

340’s for legal information

650’s for practical business information, e.g. on marketing or accounting

Also note, there may be useful information in other areas depending on the nature of the business, e.g. crafts in 745.5 or lawn care in 635.9.

Online resources

BusinessDecision
A consumer market database for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations that helps businesses to succeed by increasing their market share and growing their clientele.
Legal Information Reference Center
Browse thousands of legal forms by state and type. Features over 200 NOLO legal self-help eBooks and 310 full-text legal publications. Many useful legal forms are also available.
Lynda.com
An online educational site that includes thousands of video-based courses in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Courses can be accessed at the library or from home. A valuable resource for anybody looking to land a job, move up in their career, excel in the position they have, or just explore an area of interest.
Small Business Reference Center
Provides access to 800 full-text periodicals and reference books with up to date information on starting a company, operations management, and rescuing a business. Searches can be narrowed down by geographical area, business size, and type of business.

Business Center

Visiting the Business Center

The Business Center is located in the conference room adjacent to the adult public computers inside the library.

Technology available in the Business Center includes an iPad, wide-format printer, and a computer loaded with the full Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Reader, Corel Photoshop Pro, and Aftershot Pro 3. To use the space and any of these items, a reservation is required.

Make a Reservation

In order to make a reservation, you must have a Simi Valley Public Library card. Reservations must be for at least 1 hour, but no more than 3 hours.

Click here to view space availability and make a reservation for the Business Center. 

When you arrive at the Library for your reservation, you will need to check in by showing your library card to a staff member at the Information Desk.

Printing

Color printing is available on 8½” x 11″ or 11″ x 17″ paper. Cost is $1.00 per side for 8½” x 11″ and $2.00 per side for 11″ x 17″, payment must be made by cash or check. No more than 50 sheets per business.

You might also want to visit

City of Simi Valley Economic Development/Business Assistance 

Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce

Ventura County SCORE 

Women’s Economic Ventures

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