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Small Business Hub: A Research Guide for Entrepreneurs

A virtual space with strategies for researching the steps of starting, growing, and closing a small business. Use the Hub to find recommended resources or schedule a time to talk with a business librarian.


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The Library of Congress has a huge number of resources for entrepreneurs. This Small Business Hub is designed to highlight where to start, no matter what stage of business you're in, with a focus on sources for businesses located in the United States. Each topical page features a few recommended books, free websites, and subscription databases. Additionally, we've included links to our in-depth research guides and strategies for solving your business information needs.

Some sources are only available on-site at the Library of Congress, although your local public or academic library may also have access to the material. If you plan to visit, you'll need to get a reader registration card.

COVID-19 Resources and Financial Relief for Small Businesses

As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads through communities, state and city governments have issued shelter-in-place guidelines and closed non-essential businesses in order to minimize person-to-person contact. While these guidelines are trying to contain the outbreak and the impending public health crisis, they are also leading to negative economic consequences. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and released additional funds, providing some tax relief, and employee benefits. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program through March 31, 2021. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 became law on March 3, 2021 and provides additional funding for individuals, businesses, and local governments to addressed the continued impact of COVID-19 on public health and the economy. 

Below are links to organizations and companies that either are providing financial relief during COVID-19, or have organized a list of resources and funding sources for those impacted by the pandemic. The information below focuses on nation-wide resources; however, many funds have also been created at a state, city, or neighborhood level. Search your location with keywords related to small business funds and COVID-19. Local government websites often have additional information for business owners.

The following are data centers and industry analysis that may help in business decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing a web search for a trade association in your industry may provide further statistics or COVID-19 guidance.