Did you resolve to read more in 2016? If you’re looking to focus your
reading so that you can learn about how you can start or grow a business, the Small Business Centre can help. The Small Business Centre operates a resource library from its main location at 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville
The library includes:
- worksheets and guides that visitors can take and keep.
- books on business that visitors can borrow.
- market research resources both in print and on computer workstations that can be accessed while in the office.
Books on Business
Books in the Halton Region Small Business Centre’s library cover a range of topics and writing styles, but tend to fall into three main categories:
1. Topic specific advice: From books like the Social Media Bible for online marketing and Book Yourself Solid for sales, to Bookkeepers’ Bootcamp and the Canadian Business Contracts Handbook for technical advice, there are many books that can provide insight to entrepreneurs who want to improve their management abilities or learn how to solve a specific business problem.
2. Business or industry specific advice: Books from the Start and Run series are a great solution if you are pressed for time and want to gather information quickly on a specific type of business. These books are often technical in nature and offer advice regarding topics such as pricing, business planning, marketing, staffing and legal considerations. Titles include Start and Run a Creative Services Business, Start and Run a Bed and Breakfast, and Start and Run a Landscaping Business.
3. Success stories and other forms of entertainment and inspiration: For readers who are not trying to find an answer to a technical question, but instead are seeking inspirational stories, frameworks for thinking, or commentary on business ownership, titles like Smart Women Take Risks, Starting from Scratch or Masters of Success can help to put readers into an entrepreneurial mindset.
Check them out
Most books at the Small Business Centre can be borrowed and enjoyed at home. The lending policy will allow a visitor or client to check-out up to three items for up to three weeks at a time. Simply select the items you would like to borrow and fill out a quick form at the Centre’s front desk.
Other Valuable Resources
In addition to the books that can be checked out, the Small Business Centre has reference material that can be used while visitors remain in the office. Resources for market research include the InfoCanada Business to Business Marketing Guide, Scott’s Directory Online, Super Demographics (an interactive demographic mapping tool), and the Canadian Associations Directory.