Business Services

Your Library understands that the key to successful business management and healthy growth is convenient and swift access to the best resources. We provide reference services and library resources to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg area businesses succeed. 

Upcoming Business Services Events

Does your business need:

  • Lists of companies in your target market?
  • Lists of competitors in your geographic area?
  • Names of executives to contact?
  • Demographic statistics, trends, and maps?
  • Industry data from nearby and from around the world?
  • Content for your webpage, tweets, or newsletter?
  • Classes on using technology to increase productivity?

Your library has all this and more.

Additionally, your library has spaces to meet and work. Meet informally at one of the 20 locations across the county or rent a room for a larger meeting. Your local branch has all the basics - free wifi, Internet and computer access, and MS Office products.

Not sure where to start? Ask to speak with a Librarian at one of our 20 libraries around Mecklenburg County.

Business and COVID-19 Assistance

Keep Up-to-Date on Business Related COVID-19 Financing, Webinars, Counseling & More

  

 

 

The City of Charlotte has launched its Open for Business initiative, which is designed to support local small businesses that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout the recovery. The Open for Business public dashboard creates a directory to connect our residents with small businesses in Charlotte.

           Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

The Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC) has developed a Preparing and Applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan presentation that walks through the SBA EIDL application process step-by-step. You may also want to view an on-demand webinar version narrated by an SBTDC counselor (9 minutes).

Applicants must be a North Carolina small business affected by COVID-19 (all 100 NC counties are eligible); Applicants must have at least one (1) employee, who could be the self-employed owner; Start-up businesses that began operations before March 23, 2020 are eligible.

  • Coronavirus Tax Relief

    The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

    N.C. Department of Revenue recently announced that they will extend the April 15 tax filing deadline to July 15 for individual, corporate, and franchise taxes to mirror the announced deadline change from the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to the filing extension, the NCDOR will not charge penalties for those filing and paying their taxes after April 15, as long as they file and pay their tax before the updated July 15 deadline.

Subscription Databases

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly known as referenceUSA)

One of the world's largest databases of industry and company information, with contact information, sales and employee figures.

SimplyAnalytics

A web-based mapping application that enables you to quickly create professional-quality thematic maps using powerful business and marketing data.

ABI/INFORM Collection

Business research needs including journal articles, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers are all available.

Entrepreneurship Database (ProQuest)

This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners.

Mergent Online

Mergent Online is an electronic database that is easy to use and has global business and financial data for companies worldwide.

Charlotte Observer (current and historical access)

Charlotte Observer newspaper articles from 1886 to the present, searchable by name, keyword, or phrase.

Charlotte Business Journal

Charlotte Business Journal offers business news updates, dozens of popular topics from around the nation, city of Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Wall Street Journal

Contains an index of articles from 1981, and many full articles from 1984 to the present. The financial newspaper of record, offering coverage of national and international finance as well as coverage of hard news.

Business Websites

Charlotte Business Resources

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg County collaborative network of organizations committed to saving you time and money by providing relevant business information.

Business Link North Carolina

Provides one-on-one consultations at no cost, customized licensing information, employer and business structure forms, referrals to state agencies and more.

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business

Experienced volunteer business professionals who serve the greater Charlotte area, as part of the nation’s premier mentoring organization for small business. 

Census Bureau

The United States Census Bureau provides access to data about people and industry in the United States based on several censuses and surveys.

SBA: Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

SBA North Carolina District Office

Your Charlotte SBA: national assistance in a local office. Find workshops and experts to help you in your buisness plans.

BusinessUSA

A centralized platform offering financing and learning opportunities making it easier than ever to access federal services to help businesses grow and hire.

Minority Business Development Agency

MBDA focuses on maximizing job creation and global competitiveness for minority-owned businesses and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Online Learning Resources

Universal Class

An online education experience offering over 540 courses in subjects like entrepreneurship, technology, health, career assistance, and more.

lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production and business.

GCF Learn Free

Interactive essential skills training on topics including Microsoft Office, email, reading, math, and work skills taught through more than 125 tutorials.

MOOCS List

Free non-degree online courses with open enrollment from leading universities.