Business & Finance

Company information, industry information, small business, entrepreneurship,
personal finance, investing, banking, insurance, nonprofits, philanthropy

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Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Have your library card handy for log-in.



New!  Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO) 

                                             

Business and entrepreneurial subjects from starting a company, management, sales, and marketing, to growing or rescuing a business.  Legal information from Nolo legal reference books, industry information, business videos, and much more.


Learning Opportunities

Seminars, workshops, lectures and other programs related to business development and management, employment and career advice and more. 

Click here to see any upcoming programs in our Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success series cosponsored by the Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and Western Connecticut SCORE.


 

Atomic Training
  
Online software training to enhance software and technology skills.
Video-based how-to training with unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 300 of today's most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

  • All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and
         Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging,
         and podcasting
  • Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
  • Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home


Investment Resources

Morningstar Investment Research Center
- Investment research for stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more.

Value Line Investment Survey - Aso available in paper format. Investment research information and market trends. Current and historical data, and expert forecasts.  Check stocks, mutual funds and other securities.

Investor's Business Daily - Available online on library computers or in paper format.  Investment news, editorials, free online courses, and video.  Learn the Can Slim investment strategy.


Business Directory

Reference USA
  Custom search 24 million U.S. businesses. Search for companies by city, state, or county. Perfect for market research and job seekers. Explore jobs, internships  and get job help in the U.S. Jobs/Internships database. Search directory listings for 89 million residents in U.S. Standard White Pages. The U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles database offers market research information on 262 million consumers.


Newspaper and Magazine Resources

Academic Search Premier
iConnSearch 4,600 journals. Covers a wide variety of academic topics.
MainFILE iConn Search 12,000 publications and access 17,500 U.S. and Foreign company profiles from MarketLine. (Click on Company Profiles on the green bar at the top of the search screen.)

MasterFILE Premier iConn Search magazines, reference books, and images from 1975 to present. Includes full text of Consumer Reports articles.
New York Times iConn 1980 to present.
Wall Street Journal iConn 1984 to present.


Foundation Center databases - Available on library computers only.

Foundation Directory Online
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Foundation Maps




The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection launched SmartConsumer.ct.gov in March 2013. This website offers "consumer awareness: for every age and every stage of your life."  Be an informed consumer, avoid scams and find information on a wide variety of topics such as toy safety and photography scams, building and keeping good credit, pyramid schemes, identity theft, online safety, telephone fraud and much more.


Websites

Tested and recommended by our librarians.

Business

Bloomberg Businessweek
Forbes
Fortune
Harvard Business Review

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer Price Index
ExecutivePlanet - Business culture guides for international travel
First Gov for Businesses and Non-profits
IRS Tax Information for Businesses
North American Industry Classification System - NAICS Codes lookup

State and Local Business Information

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce
SCORE - Western Connecticut Chapter
Connecticut Better Business Bureau
Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
Connecticut Licensing Info Center - CT-CLIC.com
CT Small Business Development Center

Ridgefield Press - The Ridgefield Press.com  The Ridgefield Press is available from 1875 to present in the library.
NewsTimes.com - Danbury area business news
Conntact.com CT Business News Journal - From the publisher of Business New Haven
Fairfield County Business Journal
Westchester County Business Journal

Banks and Banking

Bankrate.com - Find bank ratings for national banks, thrifts, and credit unions
CT Department of Banking
- Find a bank, find a credit union
Federal Reserve Consumer Information
FDIC Quick Links for Consumers

Finance and Investments

Dow Jones Averages
EDGAR - SEC Filings
Investing in Bonds
Investopedia
Motley Fool
Yahoo Finance - Includes historical stock quotes
Zacks.com

Insurance

A.M. Best's Consumer Insurance Information Center - Information and company ratings
Connecticut Insurance Department
Insurance Information Institute - Brings insurance information to the public
Health Insurance Plan Rankings (Consumer Reports) -Available on library computers only

Personal Finance

AnnualCreditReport.com
Bankrate.com
Consumer.gov - Federal Trade Commission
Coupons.com
Extension.org - University of Connecticut and the Cooperative Extension System information.
DaveRamsey.com - from the author of "The Total Money Makeover"
Financial & Mortgage Calculators
GetRichSlowly.org
Identity Theft - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Identity Theft - Consumer Information - Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Information and Resources - CT Department of Consumer Protection
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) - FBI and National White Collar Crime Center
Kiplinger.com
Mint.com
MyMoney.gov

SmartMoney.com
Wisebread.com - Wise Bread: Living Large on a Small Budget

Small Business and Entreprenuership

AllBusines
Business Owner's Toolkit™
Business Plans
BusinessUSA - Business.USA.gov was created in October 2011 by President Obama
Entrepreneur
Small Business Trends - News, advice and resources in this online publication
StartupNation
U.S. Small Business Association
You're the Boss Blog - From the New York Times

Charities and Nonprofit Organizations

Charity Navigator
Causes
Network for Good


Library Materials

The Business collection is located in a designated area near the Adult Services Desk. Circulating and reference books are in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers are on display. Barron's is kept at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and nonfiction DVD's are shelved seperately. Travel DVD's are shelved in the stacks.

Books/DVD/Audiobooks

Accounting – 657
Businesses History – 338.7
Company Directories – 650.4
Customer Relations – 658.812
Entrepreneurship – 658.4
Insurance – 368
International Trade – 332
Investing – 332.63
Management – 658
Personal Finance – 332.6
Resumes & Interviewing – 650.14
Wills & Estates – 346.7305 (also 332.024)    

Magazines/Newspapers

Barron's
Bloomberg Business Week
Commercial Record
Connecticut Magazine
Economist
Entrepreneur
Fairfield County Business Journal
Financial Times
Forbes
Fortune
Investor’s Business Daily
Kiplinger Washington Letter
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Money
New York Times
Value Line Investment Survey
Wall Street Journal

See General Periodical Indexes online


Also of Interest

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Library services for small and home-based businesses

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