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Research Pathfinder – Small Business

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Pathfinder - Small BusinessHow can we help you begin your research?

We’ll be glad to look up information for you about Small Businesses — or help you find what you need.

Some examples:

  • An address or telephone number
  • The website for a company, name of the CEO,….
  • A list of all the businesses with more than 10 employees in Beatrice, or Hastings, or…
  • A list of motels and restaurants in Grand Island, or Nebraska City, or…
  • The cost of living in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Average pay rates for selected occupations in North Platte, or York, or…
  • Address and phone for the Chamber of Commerce in St. Joseph, MO, or…
  • The latest Consumer Price Index
  • Who has a certain telephone number or address
  • Income tax forms

We can copy and scan or fax a limited number of pages to you, at $0.25 a page, or mail information to you.

We can fax materials for you, at a fee of $1.00 per page.

We have high-speed Internet access at all libraries, at no charge for use and limited charges for printing. (Call for more information)

We also have wireless access at all Lincoln City Libraries

We have access to annual reports for major Nebraska businesses.

We have a large collection of material from the City of Lincoln — Annual Reports, Comprehensive Plans, etc.

Give us a call or stop by!

Reference Services — Bennett Martin Public Library — Lincoln City Libraries — Lincoln, Nebraska — (402) 441-8530 — e-mail:

Related Materials

Small business owners looking for suggestions on how to start or improve their business will find a wealth of material at the Lincoln City Libraries. Electronic databases full of relevant, up-to-date magazine and newspaper articles, print materials from well-known authors and research centers, and links to valuable, selected Internet websites provide both general and specific information on hundreds of topics, from taxes to licenses to marketing to training.

Electronic resources can be accessed 24/7 by anyone with a Lincoln City Libraries card. You can inquire about specific facts, figures, or addresses by phone or email or instant messaging. We can fax or mail you copies of forms, magazine articles, or other material. Most of the titles listed here can be checked out.


Laws and Taxes — for example,

Directories — for example,

Magazines and Newsletters — for example,

How-To Books — General — for example,

How-To Books — Specific Businesses — for example,

Online Resources

The following subscription databases on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources about Small Businesses on-line. The databases are resources the library has purchased for your use — they are not available through a simple Internet search. Use your library card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number) for access to these paid databases. [If you have difficulty accessing or using the databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Click Here for Remote Access Link for All of the Following Databases

Database: Magazine Article Search [Index of magazine/journal articles – most full-text]

Database: Lincoln Journal Star Index via Newsbank [Index to most Lincoln Journal Star newspaper articles from 1996 to present, most in full-text]

Database: Mergent Intellect [Business, investment and directory information]

Database: Morningstar Investment Research Center [Business and investment information]

Database: Reference USA [a nationwide business and residential phone directory]

Database: Small Business Reference Center [Information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, including how to create business plans]

Database: Testing & Education Reference Center [Online test preparation and practice tests; resume builder and virtual career library]

Database: Value Line Investment Survey [Business and investment information]

* Please Note: The presence of a link on this site does not constitute an endorsement by Lincoln City Libraries.

This Research Pathfinder originally created in September 2009 by bb — Last updated in September 2019 sdc