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Cromaine Library is now a registered Business Resource Center

The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) has now recognized the Cromaine Library as an official Business Resource Center for our local business owners and entrepreneurs.

  • If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you now have access to a special area of the library, with business books, databases, and resources just for you.
  • Create contact lists and conduct marketing and demographics research on thousands of businesses in your area using our business database, Reference USA. Access this database from home- see our e-Research page and click the link for Reference USA.
  • Current and future business owners can receive advice and mentoring from specialized small business tutors with the MI-SBTDC and SCORE. Call Cromaine Library today to schedule an appointment- 810-632-5200 ext. 104.
  • Attend trainings and workshops offered in the Southeastern Michigan area by the MI-SBTDC, see a schedule here, or register to attend online trainings here.
  • Attend trainings and workshops offered in the Southeastern Michigan area by SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. See a schedule of local workshops here or register to attend an online training here.

Have you tried our new MeL Business Databases?

  Now available to every Michigan resident, whether you have a library card or not, these new business databases can provide critical research to help your business grow. Learn about your competitors, your customers, and your community; see below!

BusinessDecision – This resource allows users to create unlimited reports and maps combining extensive consumer household, market segmentation, and demographic data with GIS mapping technology. Included are Census profiles targeting income, retail expenditures, housing and much more. Create a free account today!

DemographicsNow – This database has the power to provide comprehensive business and residential information for users to assess business viability, create sales leads and/or marketing mailing lists, analyze population trends and purchasing habits of your customers, find potential sponsors and donors, and much more.

Gale LegalForms – Continuously updated to reflect current state laws, Gale LegalForms provides actual documents in Word format helping users to deal with their legal needs – whether for business, personal, or litigation purposes. In addition, this resource also includes a law digest, legal Q and As and an attorney directory.

Business Insights: Global – This resource combines an international perspective and sophisticated research tools with convenient access to a range of comprehensive learning materials. Using case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by county, company, and industry, this resource will be especially useful for in-depth research.

New Business Reference eBooks – New business titles will be added to MeL’s Gale Virtual Reference Library collection. These will include, but are not limited to: Encylopedia of Global Brands, China in the Next Thirty Years, Ward’s Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Mexico and Canada, Business Leader Profiles for Students, Business Rankings Annual and new editions of Business Plan Handbook.

Small Business Mentoring

  • SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives provides free and confidential business mentoring to local business owners or new entrepreneurs. Get one-on-one advice from a business expert who knows their stuff! SCORE mentoring is offered the 2nd Thursday of every month at our Crossroads Branch from 5:00-8:00p.m. Call 810-632-5200 ext. 104 to sign up for your one hour appointment today!

     

  •  One-on-one meetings with our Business Reference Librarian, Emily Idzior, are always available. To schedule a meeting  or ask a business-related question, email: eidzior@cromaine.org

 

Small Business Websites

  • InsYght is a free service that connects you to business resources in your area. InsYght matches you with entrepreneur tools based on your unique profile requirements. Start an account today!
  • Michigan Business One-Stop - Offers information on helpful business organizations in your area and their essential Guide to Starting a Small Business in Michigan, among other helpful resources!
  • MI-SBTDC - The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center offers an abundance of free and low-cost resources to small businesses, whether you're an established business or just starting out.
  • SCORE - The Service Corps of Retired Executives- SCORE provides mentoring and training to entrepeneurs from business executives who know their stuff. Sign up to meet with a SCORE mentor at the Cromaine Library by calling (810) 632-5200 ex. 104
  • SPARK - Accelerates development of start-ups and small business incubators through training, support and funding. Click here to see a list of venture capital and angel funding firms in the Ann Arbor area, from SPARK's website.
  • PTAC - The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Michigan provides local businesses with the resources and know-how to successfully obtain government contracts.
  • IRS - Provides helpful tax information for small businesses.
  • CEED - The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development focuses on assisting start-up or expanding businesses with an emphasis on woman-owned or minority-owned businesses. Training and microloan programs provided.
  • The New Enterprise Forum - Linking entrepreneurs with management expertise, joint venture partners, business services, capital, and other critical resources- located in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • SBA - The U.S. Small Business Administration website has an abundance of information for business owners- click this link for information regarding their Michigan office.
  • USDA - USDA Rural Development and Business Programs.  Provides grants and loans for rural areas.
  • Food System Economic Partnership - Provides information on how to get local foods into your small business and support sustainable food practices.
  • Business.gov - Provides one-stop access to federal government info, services and transactions; includes business resource library.