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Business Startup Resources

Starting a Business

Research business types & topics, choosing a legal structure, starting and running a small business and entrepreneurship.




Making a Business Plan

Explore how to develop the concept of enterprise, the goals of your business and the strategies to achieve them.




Funding Your Business

Discover methods for raising the capital that your business needs to succeed from a variety of sources.




Marketing Your Business

Find your competitors, analyze the needs of your customers, and identify markets to target.




Small Business Databases


City of Jacksonville Business Resources

Find important resources for starting a business, relocating a business in Jacksonville, or doing business with the City, including information about business permits, certificates of use and taxes. 

Jax Small Biz Help and represent government and non-profit organizations that assist small businesses with the resources they need to succeed. The mission is to bring partners together to share information, to exchange ideas regarding small business issues and needs, to coordinate assistance activities, and to advocate on behalf of their small business members/clients. Use the resource directory to search local partners.

Business eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Digital Magazines

Browse by the Business subject heading once in the resource.


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Axis 360

Great for: e-books and audiobooks

For help, visit the Axis 360 Help Site.
Learn more or download the app.


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Great for: Magazines

Read digital magazines on your mobile device

flipster Help Link

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Great for: Reference books and Encyclopedias

Downloadable reference books on popular culture, science, medicine, business and more.

Quick Start Guide

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Great for: e-books, audio books and videos*

Search for OverDrive content books here or through the Library catalog.
*Videos are available in the Overdrive app, but not in the Libby app.

OverDrive Help Resources


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