Business Center Adds Resources

Duke Street Business Center (DSBC) at Lancaster Public Library has announced that cardholders will again have access to several business databases. Led by significant contributions from The Forest Path Foundation, A. Lucille "Lucy" Meissner, Brad Rutter and local businesses, nearly $70,000 was raised to restore access to the databases.

In December 2013, the Library System of Lancaster County (LSLC), an organization funded by the Lancaster County Commissioners and separate from the DSBC, announced it would not renew the heavily used business databases. The DSBC, as well as the business community, job seekers, and nonprofit organizations, depend on these resources.

The DSBC is a unique special library within the Lancaster Public Library with a mission to serve the Lancaster County business and nonprofit communities. It is often the first point of contact for someone thinking about starting a business or nonprofit. Since opening in 2006, the DSBC has had more than 20,000 visitors, approximately 5,000 of whom received personalized assistance with their business or nonprofit.

A business reference librarian provides one-on-one personalized research assistance to entrepreneurs seeking information on how to start a business and assistance with business plan market research - specifically target market demographics, industry trends, and competitors. The DSBC also assists established business owners with researching industry trends, specific companies/competitors or requesting assistance using the databases to compile marketing and sales lead listings.

The DSBC houses a collection of more than one thousand business and nonprofit books (including start-up guides for specific types of businesses), audiobooks, videos, and popular business newspapers and magazines.

Free access to the following databases is now available to Lancaster Public Library cardholders: AtoZdatabases, remote access; Business Insights, in-library use only; DemographicsNOW, in-library use only; First Research, remote access; Hoovers: remote access; Legal Forms, in-library use only; One Source, remote access; and ProQuest Entrepreneur, remote access.

Two other business databases, ReferenceUSA and Simply Map, were restored in 2014. Additionally, the following business reference books will now be available electronically: "American Wholesalers and Distributors," "Brands and Their Companies," "Business Plans Handbook," "Encyclopedia of Associations," "Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources," "Market Share Reporter," "Statistics Sources," and "Trade Shows Worldwide."

The DSBC is located on the main floor of Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster. To learn more, readers may visit http://www.lancaster.lib.pa.us/DSBC or call 394-2651, ext. 131.

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