AtoZdatabases* – Financial information on over 30 million U.S. businesses & executives as well as addresses and phone numbers of over 220 million U.S. residents.

Bankrate – Compare mortgage loan, credit card, CD and personal loan rates.

Business Advisers of Cleveland (BAC) – Provides individual business advice free to any business or nonprofit organization. BAC volunteers are current and  business executives.

Business Source Premier* – Company and industry profiles, country, and market research reports.

Entrepreneur – A wealth of information from the founders of Entrepreneur magazine.

Lorain County Community College Business Growth Service

Lorain County Chamber of Commerce

MoreBusiness – Find sample marketing and business plans.

1st Stop Business Connection – Information for starting or expanding a small business in Ohio.

National Federation of Independent Business – Advocates for small independent businesses on the federal and state levels.  Most information is free; a paid membership is optional. Nonprofit and nonpartisan.

Reference for Business – Full text of the Encyclopedia of Small Business, Encyclopedia of American Industries, Business Biographies, and more.

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)* – Huge directory of residential and business information.

Regional Business News* – Full-text articles from over 75 regional business news sources, including Crain’s Cleveland

SCORE Cleveland – A local source of free counseling and workshops tailored to meet the needs of new and established small business and nonprofit owners in northeast Ohio.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Small Business Administration - Cleveland District Office

*Database access is funded by OPLIN’s Ohio Web Library for all Ohio residents, while some resources are provided by Avon Lake Public Library for our cardholders and visitors. All of these resources will work on computers inside our Library, but you will need a library card to access them from home or elsewhere.