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Start Your Own Business  

This guide will show you the eResources and books you can use to help find your target market, plan your business for success, navigate legal and financial hurdles, market your business effectively, and community resources.
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Spaces @ OCLS

Need a convenient space to create, collaborate, or converse with a client?  The library offers a variety of spaces you can utilize to plan and run your business.

  • Meeting Rooms
    Meeting Rooms are available for booking at all OCLS locations at $10 per hour or portion thereof.
  • The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center
    The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center has been designed with collaboration and sharing in mind.
  • Co-Working Room
    At the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando and is equipped with two tables, 12 chairs, a white board, an LCD TV, and telephone for out-going local and toll-free phone calls.
  • Study Rooms @ the Orlando Public Library
    All library study rooms require a reservation.


This guide is not intended to give legal or binding advice on creating your own business.  It is intended to be a helpful starting point highlighting resources the library has that can help you to start and grow your business.  Find additional information/sources for advice by visiting our "Community Resources" page.


Getting Started

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The Small Business Start-Up Kit - Peri Pakroo
Call Number: 346.0652 PAK
The Small Business Start-Up Kit shows you how to set up a small business in your state, quickly and efficiently clearing bureaucratic hurdles along the way.


These resources can help you get started, all with your library card!

  • Business Plans Online - Real Plans that WORK  Icon  Icon
    Starting a business and need a plan? Here is a collection of successful business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funds for small businesses throughout North America.
  • Small Business Resource Center  Icon  Icon
    Offers resources and information about starting and operating a business. Topics include business plans, accounting, taxation, human resources, management and more.
  • Business Insights: Essentials  Icon  Icon
    This comprehensive business database provides authoritative Thomson Financial content used by financial banks and investment services worldwide as well as consumer marketing data for the small business entrepreneur.

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