Business & Finance

Company information, industry information, small business, entrepreneurship,
personal finance, investing, banking, insurance, nonprofits, philanthropy

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x12004

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Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted.Items identified by the researchIT CT logo are provided courtesy of the Connecticut State Library and are available to all state residents. Have your library card handy for log-in. Now Available!

Lynda is an online video learning resource offering more than 3,400 video courses covering a wide range of commercial software, business skills, computer programming and web development, creative and technical skills.  Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.  It is now available to all Ridgefield Library cardholders and can be accessed online – from home or at the Library (accessible from both computers and mobile devices).

Course offerings include:

  • Help with computer programs and software, Microsoft Office, Apple software, and more
  • Social media and publishing tools
  • Art, graphic and web design: everything from 3D animation to app development tools
  • Computer Programming and IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X)
  • Business and career skills: public speaking, marketing, workplace issues and more
  • Photography, video and music editing

Log onto Lynda using your library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (usually the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it).  You will be asked to create a Lynda Library account which will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials.


Investment Resources

Morningstar Investment Research Center
- Investment research for stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more. If you have trouble accessing Morningstar, contact us at 203-438-2282 x12004. As a reminder, please click "End Session" in the upper right corner and then close out of your browser to allow other patrons to access Morningstar. 

Value Line Investment Survey - Aso available in paper format. Investment research information and market trends. Current and historical data, and expert forecasts.  Check stocks, mutual funds and other securities.

Investor's Business Daily - Available online on library computers or in paper format.  Investment news, editorials, free online courses, and video.  Learn the Can Slim investment strategy.

Business Directory

Reference USA
  Custom search 24 million U.S. businesses. Search for companies by city, state, or county. Perfect for market research and job seekers. Explore jobs, internships  and get job help in the U.S. Jobs/Internships database. Search directory listings for 89 million residents in U.S. Standard White Pages. The U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles database offers market research information on 262 million consumers.

Newspaper, Magazine, and Journal Resources

ABI/Inform CompleteresearchIT Temporarily reinstated during ongoing CT state budget discussions

Launched in the early 1970s, ABI/INFORM remains the gold standard when it comes to business research databases.

ABI/INFORM Complete’s massive content set includes thousands of important full‐text journals and sought‐after titles from the business press as well as key trade publications, newspapers, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports.

Journal titles include: The Economist, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review,
MIT Sloan Management Review
, Supply Chain Management, China Quarterly, and
Nation’s Restaurant News

Market Reports include: Economist Intelligence Unit, Euromonitor, Experian,
Hoovers/Dunn and Bradstreet, Business Monitor International, Acquisdata, and more.

Academic Search Premier
researchITSearch 4,600 journals. Covers a wide variety of academic topics.

Consumer Reports - Explore the Consumer Reports database. Search for products, find ratings, recommendations, information on reliability, and buying guides. View the current issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
MainFILE researchIT Search 12,000 publications and access 17,500 U.S. and Foreign company profiles from MarketLine. (Click on Company Profiles on the green bar at the top of the search screen.)
MasterFILE Premier researchIT Search magazines, reference books, and images from 1975 to present. Includes full text of Consumer Reports articles.
New York Times researchIT 1980 to present.
Wall Street Journal researchIT 1984 to present.

Foundation Center databases - Available on library computers only.

Foundation Directory Online
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Foundation Maps

Learning Opportunities

Seminars, workshops, lectures and other programs related to business development and management, employment and career advice and more. 

Click here to see any upcoming programs in our Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success series co-sponsored by the Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and Western Connecticut SCORE.

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection launched in March 2013. This website offers "consumer awareness: for every age and every stage of your life."  Be an informed consumer, avoid scams and find information on a wide variety of topics such as toy safety and photography scams, building and keeping good credit, pyramid schemes, identity theft, online safety, telephone fraud and much more.


Tested and recommended by our librarians.


Bloomberg Businessweek
Harvard Business Review

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer Price Index
ExecutivePlanet - Business culture guides for international travel
First Gov for Businesses and Non-profits
IRS Tax Information for Businesses
North American Industry Classification System - NAICS Codes lookup

State and Local Business Information

Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission
Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

SCORE - Western Connecticut Chapter
Connecticut Better Business Bureau
Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
Connecticut Licensing Info Center -
CT Small Business Development Center

Ridgefield Press - The Ridgefield  The Ridgefield Press is available from 1875 to present in the library. - Danbury area business news CT Business News Journal - From the publisher of Business New Haven
Fairfield County Business Journal
Westchester County Business Journal

Banks and Banking - Find bank ratings for national banks, thrifts, and credit unions
CT Department of Banking
- Find a bank, find a credit union
Federal Reserve Consumer Information
FDIC Quick Links for Consumers

Finance and Investments

Dow Jones Averages
EDGAR - SEC Filings
Investing in Bonds
Motley Fool
Yahoo Finance - Includes historical stock quotes


A.M. Best's Consumer Insurance Information Center - Information and company ratings
Connecticut Insurance Department
Insurance Information Institute - Brings insurance information to the public
Health Insurance Plan Rankings from Consumer Reports - Have your Ridgefield Library card handy for log-in.

Personal Finance
Consumer Information - Federal Trade Commission - Basic information from the Federal Trade Commission - University of Connecticut and the Cooperative Extension System information. -
from the author of "The Total Money Makeover"
Federal Trade Commission - See also Consumer Information above
Financial & Mortgage Calculators
Identity Theft - Federal Reserve
Identity Theft - Consumer Information - Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Information and Resources - CT Department of Consumer Protection
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) - FBI and National White Collar Crime Center
MarketWatch - Published by Dow Jones & Co. - Wise Bread: Living Large on a Small Budget

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Business Owner's Toolkit™
Business Plans
BusinessUSA - was created in October 2011 by President Obama
Small Business Trends - News, advice and resources in this online publication
U.S. Small Business Association

Charities and Nonprofit Organizations

Charity Navigator
Network for Good

Library Materials

The Business collection is located in a designated area near the Adult Services Desk. Circulating and reference books are in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers are on display. Barron's is kept at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and nonfiction DVDs are shelved seperately. Travel DVDs are shelved in the stacks.


Accounting – 657
Businesses History – 338.7
Company Directories – 650.4
Customer Relations – 658.812
Entrepreneurship – 658.4
Insurance – 368
International Trade – 332
Investing – 332.63
Management – 658
Personal Finance – 332.6
Resumes & Interviewing – 650.14
Wills & Estates – 346.7305 (also 332.024)    


Bloomberg Business Week
Commercial Record
Connecticut Magazine
Fairfield County Business Journal
Financial Times
Investor’s Business Daily
Kiplinger Washington Letter
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
New York Times
Value Line Investment Survey
Wall Street Journal

See General Periodical Indexes online

Also of Interest

Upcoming Business & Finance Programs

Library services for small and home-based businesses

Click here to see if we have any Business and Finance related programs and events scheduled.


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