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Resources for Business Owners & Investors

Brainfuse VetNow

VetNow offers support for veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance. Work with live, online navigators who are veterans ready to help their peers. Find job tools designed to help veterans at all stages of the job-hunting process. Build academic skills for college and beyond with live tutoring, practice tests, writing review, language learning, and more. Click to read the VetNow User Guide. Click here to watch a video on how to use VetNow.

Creativebug

Over 1,000 art and craft video classes for adults and kids, taught by recognized design experts and artists. Topics include fiber and paper arts, jewelry making, sewing and quilting, food, home and more. Create your free account and enjoy unlimited access to instructional videos, patterns, and access to exclusive documentaries and live video feeds on Creativebug Television (CBTV). Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

Factiva

Provides the latest news and information from nearly every industry and region, with access to popular resources such as The Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post Dispatch, The New York Times, and more!  Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

If you experience any issues, please clear your cache and try alternate browsers. If you continue to have trouble, please call 314-994-3300 for database help. 

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Gale Business: Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool to help you write a plan for your business or nonprofit organization.  Choose from a variety of business plan formats and Plan Builder will guide you through each section of your business plan, and when you are done you will have a formatted, organized, professional-looking document.  The first time you use Plan Builder you will need to create a username and password.  

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.  As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.  You must click to enter Lessons 1 and 2 within the first two weeks of the class or you will be automatically dropped. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

Gale Directory Library

The Gale Directory Library (GDL) is a digital platform that lets users access directories – that is, extensive listings of companies, organizations, publications, people, products, and more. With GDL, users can cross-search multiple directory products or search a single title. 

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

Please use your library barcode and pin to log into the upgraded LinkedIn Learning. If using the app, the library code is slcl.

Previously known as Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning provides access to thousands of online courses and tutorials in seven different languages to help you learn about leadership, career searching, software, marketing, and many other skills essential to the job market. These self-paced courses include videos that vary from a few minutes long to multi-hour courses with downloadable exercise files. With the new upgrade, you also have access to the LinkedIn Learning app! 

Mergent Archives

Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents. The database contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering many countries and industries.  Check out the newly added Country Insight Reports under D&B Manuals to find essential political, economic and commercial information on over 130 countries.

Reference Solutions (Home Access)

Please note: If unable to access Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues. Please contact the Reference department if you need assistance.

Formerly named ReferenceUSA, this online directory contains millions of listings for businesses, residents, new movers, and consumers across the U.S.  Look up specific companies or individuals or use advanced search tools to build a list of potential customers, learn more about competitors in your industry and more. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

Social Explorer

Social Explorer allows you to visualize and interact with data, create maps, charts, and reports.  Explore thousands of data indicators and demographics relating to the economy, health, politics, the environment, crime, and more.

Financial Literacy

From Rosen Digital, the Financial Literacy database makes economics and personal finance easy to understand and highly engaging. Articles explore macro-, micro- and global economics as well as personal and household finance. Users will learn to manage credit and debt, save and invest with confidence, plan for college and retirement and avoid fraud and scams.  Beneficial for grades 7-12 as well as adults.

Weiss Financial Ratings Series Online

Search independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of banks, credit unions and insurance companies. Compare rates and plan benefits for Medicare Supplement Insurance, as well as the cost, to help you decide which plan to choose. If you don't see "Welcome to St. Louis County Library" in the top right corner, you will need to sign in.  Click Sign In and then enter your card number as "SLC00xxxxxxxx." Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

Social Explorer

Social Explorer allows you to visualize and interact with data, create maps, charts, and reports.  Explore thousands of data indicators and demographics relating to the economy, health, politics, the environment, crime, and more.