Resources for Starting & Managing a Business

Check out our guides to starting & operating a business:

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete

Includes journals covering business, marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking, finance, and more. Also includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses. Log in with your library card number.


Corporate ResourceNet

Full-text articles from nearly 1,200 general and trade magazines and journals, such as Fortune, Money, American Demographics, Chemical Week, Electronic Business, Restaurant Hospitality, Academy of Management Executive, and Harvard Business Review. Also includes 10,000 extensive company profiles. Log in with your library card number.

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Encyclopedia of Small Business eBook

An encyclopedia designed to provide entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. The Encyclopedia contains detailed articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business users, including financing; financial planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy; tax planning and more. Log in with your library card number.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

Get access to information on the latest topics relevant to entrepreneurship and small business. This resource includes business journals, magazines and reference books, as well as case studies and company profiles. Log in with your library card number. Logo

Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business in Indiana

A guide developed to enable entrepreneurs to understand certain corporate terms and to aid in the continuing existence of a business in Indiana. Presented by the Indiana Secretary of State.

Health Business FullTEXT

Health Business FullTEXT

Publications covering the business of health care administration, including topics such as staffing, health care regulation, health care facilities management, marketing, and finance. Full text coverage for nearly 130 well-known administrative journals such as H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks, Health Management Technology, Modern Healthcare, and many others. Log in with your library card number.

Regional Business News

Regional Business News

Full-text regional U.S. and Canadian business publications covering business, politics, and economics. Includes nearly 100 publications, including Indiana Business, Crain’s Chicago Business, and more. Log in with your library card number.

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center

Read top consumer small business books, including titles from NOLO. Also includes business videos, an advice section, and information on creating business plans. Full text.

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Small Business Administration

Free online resources on starting & managing a business from the Small Business Administration (SBA), an independent agency of the federal government.

Small Business Resource Center

Small Business Resource Center

Offers a wide variety of information on starting, operating and maintaining a business, from financing, management, marketing, accounting, taxes, and more. Also includes hundreds of sample business plans. Log in with your library card number.


Center of Workforce Innovations

A mission-driven, non-profit organization that provides cost-effective solutions to meet the workforce-related needs of its customers.


Economic Development Corporation - Michigan City

Strives for the long-term viability of Michigan City with a healthy and robust business environment, modern public infrastructure, a stable tax base, outstanding customer service and quality human, technical and financial resources


Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce

Assists local business as an advocate for strengthening the business climate and promoting quality of life in our community.


Michigan City Mainstreet Association

A non-profit, social welfare organization dedicated to improving the quality of Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District,  striving to create a city center that is a great place to live, work, play, and invest.

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Michigan City Planning & Redevelopment Department

Find zoning, planning, and inspection information, TIF and Urban Enterprise Zone information, application for the Uptown Arts District Facade Improvement Program, and more.

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Northwest Indiana Forum

The regional voice for the business community, promoting a positive business climate through initiatives driving investment and job creation.


Northwest Indiana SCORE

A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide.


Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center

The ISBDC offers entrepreneurs expert guidance and services for little to no cost. Services provided include one-on-one consulting, strategic planning, market research, loan assistance, and more.

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Bidding on Indiana State Contracts

Information on bidding on contracts or serving as a vendor for the State of Indiana. Logo

Business Owner's Guide to State Government

Includes information on state requirements for starting your business, including licenses and permits, registering business names. Also covers state asssistance programs available for businesses.

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Indiana Career Connect

List job openings and review resumes from qualified candidates for free, find information on hiring-related tax incentives and credits, and more.


Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Membership organization that provides a variety of services to member businesses, including business research, training seminars, PR assistance, helplines, and access to EAP and health care solutions. Also lobbies for business-friendly legislation.

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Indiana Department of Revenue Business Education Center

The New and Small Business Education Center explains state laws, the tax-filing process, and services available to help businesses.

Indiana Workforce Development

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Offers services to employers including staff training grants, tax credits to hire new employees, recruitment assistance, and more.


Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Indiana’s lead economic development agency focused on growing and retaining businesses in Indiana. Offers financial assistance, capital access, site selection, economic data, tax credits, and more to qualifying businesses.

INBiz, Indiana Secretary Of State Business Services Division

Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division

Register and file business entity forms, get information about launching and growing your business, and file required amendments or reports with the State of Indiana.


Indiana Small Business Guide to Environmental, Safety, and Health Regulations

Designed to help small businesses understand and comply with regulations that apply to their operations. From the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

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Indiana Tax Forms

Indiana state business tax forms.

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IRS - Tax Information for Businesses

Get access to tax forms and topics of interest to small businesses, including employment taxes, business taxes, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, and disaster assistance for businesses.

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Minority Business Development Agency

Find information on starting, managing, financing, and expanding your minority-owned business. Also includes federal contract opprotunities, grants and loans information, and acquisition solutions.

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Small Business Administration

Find resources to help you start your business, apply for SBA loan programs, make a business plan, and find local mentoring and support. Also includes online learning and training resources.

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Online directory of industrial suppliers, products, and services.

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United States Patent & Trademark Office

Register trademarks and apply for patents for the protection of inventions.

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Accounting Coach

Learn accounting and bookkeeping for free through this series of online tutorials. Fee-based supplementary materials are also available.

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Alison - Free Business & Enterprise Skills Classes

Get the critical skills required of successful entrepreneurs through free, practical courses on business topics.


Free Management Library Micro-eMBA

Free, self-paced MBA-style program for entrepreneurs. A free nonprofit micro-eMBA is also available.

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MIT Open Courseware

Free online courses from MIT in entrepreneurship, accounting, finance and more.

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My Own Business Institute

Offers two free 15-part courses for entrepreneurs to start or expand their small or medium-sized businesses. Available through Santa Clara University.

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SBA Learning Center

Free online courses on starting a business, business management, financing, marketing, and more. Offered by the Small Business Administration.

Gale Legal Forms

Gale Legal Forms

Get professionally-written legal forms, available to download in Microsoft Word and PDF formats. Find forms related to incorporation, contracts and agreements, employer/employee, and a wide variety of other business forms.  Also includes a legal terms dictionary, law digest and legal questions & answers. Log in with your library card number.

INBiz, Indiana Secretary Of State Business Services Division

Indiana Secretary of State Business Forms

Download Indiana state business forms, including articles of incorporation, registration for a Limited Liability Partnership, UCC forms, trademark applications, and more.

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Indiana Tax Forms

Indiana State business tax forms.

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IRS Small Business Forms and Publications

Get access to business tax forms and publications on topics of interest.

Small Business Resource Center

Small Business Resource Center

Offers a wide variety of information on starting, operating and maintaining a business, from financing, management, marketing, accounting, taxes, and more. Also includes hundreds of sample business plans. Log in with your library card number.


IEDC Capital Access Program

A small business credit enhancement program that provides businesses with access to capital by encouraging participating lenders to make loans they may not otherwise make. The CAP-SSBCI allows lenders to consider making slightly riskier loans that might not meet conventional small business lending requirements, by providing matching funds for a designated percentage of the loan.


Michigan City Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund

Provides financing to qualifying Michigan City businesses for new investments in capital assets and operating capital.

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Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA offers a variety of loan programs, including general small business loans, microloans, real estate and equipment loans, disaster loans, and more.


Elevate Ventures

Provides venture capital financing to high-potential Indiana startups in their early stages of growth. Also provides guidance and advice to first-time entrepreneurs, and coordinates introductions between a network of fund managers and angel groups across the state.

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Indiana Investment Fund II

Private equity fund created by the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) to invest in promising qualifying Indiana businesses. Provides a platform for deal flow generation and interaction between entrepreneurs and private equity firms.

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Business & Finance Magazines

Stay up to date on the latest news in business & finance with these magazines available at the library:
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  • Barron’s
  • Biz Voice
  • Black Enterprise
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Bottom Line Personal
  • Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • The Kiplinger Letter – Available in the Reference Department
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Money
  • Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly
  • Standard & Poor’s The Outlook – Available in the Reference Department
  • Value Line Investment Research – Available at the Reference Desk

Investing Resources



Investment research Web site that includes interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis, intraday stock screeners, market news, and commentary.



Source of business and markets news, data, and analysis.


CNN Money

CNN’s exclusive business site with business, markets, technology, media, luxury, personal finance, and more.


Corporate ResourceNet

Thousands of Datamonitor company profiles and full-text articles from nearly 1,200 trade magazines and journals. Log in with your library card number.

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Financial Forecast Center

Forecasts of stock markets, interest rates, currency exchange rates, prices, and economic indicators.

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Find leading financial research, analysis, and visualization using this free online stock screener. Offers innovative market maps and various charter modes. Check out quotes, scan and filter stocks, perform technical analysis, follow news stories, and more.

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The largest financial education website in the world, offering the latest in financial news and information. Covers investing, personal finance, retirement, small businesses, taxes, and more.


Online resource to help you invest wisely and avoid fraud. From the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.

Kiplinger Letter

The Kiplinger Letter

Print newsletter available in the Business Reference section. Concise weekly forecasts of industries, businesses, companies, and technologies poised for rapid growth and profit. Not available online through the library.



MarketWatch provides the latest stock market, financial and business news. Get stock market quotes, personal finance advice, company news and more.

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Investment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools and forums. Find basic research and financial data, read articles, and access stock, fund, ETF and general investing bulletin boards. Additional services available by subscription.

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Motley Fool

The Motley Fool provides insight and analysis about stocks, helping investors stay informed. Find answers to common questions about investing and finance, track stocks and get stock ideas, review retirement strategies, and more. Premium services available with a paid subscription.

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The Nasdaq Stock Market website, featuring stock quotes, analysis, financials, company news, market information, and investing tools and guides.

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New York Stock Exchange

News, current data and other information from official website of the New York Stock Exchange.

Regional Business News

Regional Business News

Full-text regional U.S. and Canadian business publications covering business, politics, and economics. Includes nearly 100 publications, including Indiana Business, Crain’s Chicago Business, and more. Log in with your library card number.

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Reuters brings you the latest news from around the world, covering breaking news in business, finance, politics, entertainment, technology, video and pictures.

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S&P Dow Jones Indices

Stock market indices and other market metrics, including the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Standard & Poor's The Outlook

Standard & Poor's The Outlook

Standard & Poor’s weekly investment advisory newsletter for individuals and professional investors. Drawing upon the vast analytical resources of Standard & Poor’s, The Outlook offers solid research on stocks, industries and the economy as well as independent, unbiased recommendations on what securities to buy, hold, or sell. Available in print in the Business Reference section. Not available online.

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Find Securities and Exchange Commission resources, including free access to public EDGAR filings, proposed and final regulations, staff guidance, and the SEC daily digest.

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Value Line Investment Survey (Print)

A weekly, comprehensive stock analysis newsletter to conduct basic research, formulate sound investment strategies, identify timely opportunities and make smart investment decisions. Newsletters include Value Line Investment Survey, Investment Survey: Small and Mid-Cap Edition, and Value Line Selection & Opinion. Available in print at the Reference Desk. Not available online through the library.


Wall Street Journal - Market News

Follow the latest Wall Street Journal news on stock markets, finance, banks, hedge funds and private equity, with quotes for stocks, stock indexes and ETFs.

Yahoo Finance

Yahoo! Finance

Get free stock quotes, up-to-date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, and mortgage rates that help you manage your financial life.

Business, Workforce, & Economic Data

American FactFinder

American FactFinder

Source for economic, population, housing, and geographic data. Presented by the United States Census Bureau.

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Bureau of Economic Analysis

Produces economic accounts statistics used by business decision-makers, government, researchers, and the public to understand the performance of the economy.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Covers employment, inflation, prices, productivity, pay and benefits, workplace injuries, and more.

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Economagic: Economic Time Series Page

Free economic times series data for economic research and economic forecasting. Includes custom data charters and Excel files of all series data.


Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Economic data, working papers, and research periodicals available from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Federal Reserve Economic Data

Federal Reserve Economic Data

Find data related to money, banking, finance, labor markets, employment, and more.



Provides access to official statistical information produced by more than 100 agencies of the Federal Government.

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Web portal to information and data on global business activities. Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University.

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Hoosiers by the Numbers

Workforce and business data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

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STATS Indiana

Indiana’s official digital data center provides access to statistics from counties, cities, towns, regions, and more on a variety of topics related to business and the economy.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury

Get interest rate statistics, economic data tables, and more.