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Resources for Business Owners & Investors

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.  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. 

Lynda.com

Lynda.com provides access to thousands of video tutorials to help you learn more about software, technology, business, management, customer service, and many other essential job skills. Videos vary from a few minutes long to multi-hour Learning Paths, a curated playlist of video courses. Create a profile using your library card and a password of your own choice. If you forget your password, call Lynda.com at 1 (888) 335-9632 for help. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

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.

NetAdvantage

Standard & Poor's collection of financial data providing business intelligence for the well informed investor. Contains reports on stocks, corporate records, company profiles, and directories of corporate executives.

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.