Small Business Resources
Welcome! The Roanoke Public Libraries has a number of resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Roanoke region. Take a look at the lists below and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
1 on 1 ConsultationsThe Roanoke Public Libraries provides free 1-on-1 consultations for local entrepreneurs. Whether you have already launched your business or are looking to start one, the library has a selection of resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs in all stages of their business growth. We are currently making appointments with local entrepreneurs to demonstrate how library resources may be useful as you look to start or grow your business. We can show you how to conduct research on your industry, market, and consumer demographics, and we also have books on writing a business or marketing plan, and can assist you in finding other local organizations that may be able to assist you with your business growth.** Consultations are currently being offered at the Main Library.
One-on-one consultations are on hold until further notice. Please email email@example.com with any business research questions.
**Please note that the library is unable to provide business, legal, or financial advice.
Databases & Research
The following two resources (Reference USA and ValueLine) are offered through the Roanoke County Libraries. Links below will direct you to the Roanoke County Libraries Reference Resources page.
The Roanoke Public Library has a number of books that will be helpful for anyone interested in starting their own business. Below is just a small sample of books that are available - we have many more on the shelves! Unless otherwise noted, any of the below books are available in the nonfiction section at the Main Library:
Small time operator : how to start your own business, keep your books, pay your taxes, and stay out of trouble by Bernard Kamoroff. 658.11 KAMO
The small business start-up kit : a step-by-step legal guide by Pakroo, Peri. 346.73 PAKR
Start your own business : the only startup book you'll ever need by Entrepreneur Media, Inc. 658.041 ENTR
Start your own consulting business: Your step-by-step guide to success by Eileen Figure Sandlin. 001 SAND
How to start a business in Virginia by Entrepreneur Press. 658.11 H83
How to write a business plan by Mike P. McKeever. 658.15244 -
The gig economy : the complete guide to getting better work, taking more time off, and financing the life you want by Diane Mulcahy. 650.1 MULC
Side hustle : from idea to income in 27 days by Chris Guillebeau. 658.11 GUIL
We also have a number of business books available at our branches. If you can't find a book that you're looking for on the shelf or in the catalog, let us know! We may be able to obtain it from another library through InterLibrary Loan. Click on the link to fill out an InterLibrary Loan request.
Virginia Business One Stop - Resource for those looking to start or grow a small business in Virginia. Contains helpful information on business registrations.
Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Provides resources for starting and growing your small business in the Roanoke area, including classes and training.
SBA.gov - Small business resources from the U.S. government, including guidance on applying for loans and writing a business plan.
Roanoke Regional Chamber
Roanoke City Real Estate GIS
Non-profit FAQ from the National Center for Charitable Statistics