The Ridgefield Library provides resources and programs to support and serve
our vital business community and local entrepreneurs. Our comprehensive
business collection covers small business startup and management,
entrepreneurship, accounting, human resources and hiring, general
management, leadership, marketing, sales and selling, and more. We welcome
comments and suggestions regarding our business 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.
An online video learning resource offering more than 3,400
video courses covering a wide range of commercial software, Microsoft
Office, Apple software, business and career skills, resumes, interviewing,
public speaking, workplace issues, social media and publishing tools,
computer programming and web development, creative and technical skills,
art, graphic and web design, 3D animation, app development, photography,
video and music editing, and much more.
Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage
chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.
Log onto Lynda using your Ridgefield 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. Lynda is accessible from both computers and mobile devices.
Investment research for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more.
Also available in paper format. Investment research information and market trends, current and historical data, and expert forecasts. Check stocks, mutual funds, and other securities.
Search over 50 million companies in U.S. Businesses. Create a targeted list of companies; search by name, geographic location, industry, size, and more.
Perfect for market research and job seekers. Explore new companies in
U.S. New Businesses. Find job openings and internships, and get job search help in the U.S. Jobs/Internships database. Other databases include
U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, and U.S. Healthcare (database of physicians and dentists).
Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Reports, and More
Information on business management topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains full-text periodical articles and Nolo legal books, business videos with critical information for business owners, and a collection of state-specific business resources.
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.
Search 4,600 journals. Covers a wide variety of academic topics.
Millions of current and archived articles spanning more than three decades can be searched, browsed, printed, emailed and even cited from over 3,000 news sources nationwide. Includes articles from The Ridgefield Press and
The News-Times (Danbury, CT)
Search company, industry, economic, and country market research reports from sources such as Hoover’s, Oxresearch, and U.S. and Worldwide Industry & Market Reports from Barnes Reports.
Explore the Consumer Reports database. Search for products, and find ratings, recommendations, information on reliability, and buying guides.
View the current issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
Search 12,000 publications and access 17,500 company profiles from
MarketLine. (Click on Company Profiles on the green bar at the top of the search screen.)
Search 1,700 magazines (some going back to 1975), 500 reference books, 592,000 images, and more. Includes full text of Consumer Reports articles.
1980 to present.
1984 to present.
The Ridgefield Library offers services for small and home-based businesses,
including private meeting and study rooms as well as shared work space, free
Wi-Fi access throughout the library, public computers (with Microsoft Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher), photocopiers (20 cents per page), fax
machine, color scanner, and more.
View Business Services for more information.
State and Local Business Information
SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. SCORE is a nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Women’s Business Development Council
The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a nonprofit organization and host to three U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) in Connecticut. The WBC program was founded to foster the growth of women-owned businesses by providing access to education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to women throughout the United States and its territories. WBDC serves both women and men.
AdvanceCT is a nonprofit organization that works to engage, retain and recruit businesses and advance overall economic competitiveness in Connecticut and works in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). Originally established in 1993 as the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), the economic development entity changed its name to AdvanceCT in 2020.
CTSBDC provides business advising to small business owners and entrepreneurs to start, grow and thrive in Connecticut. CTSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and the University of Connecticut.
near the Adult Services Desk. Barron’s is kept at the Adult Services Desk.
Audiobooks and nonfiction DVDs are shelved separately.
Books / DVD / Audiobooks
- Accounting – 657
- Businesses History – 338.7
- Customer Relations – 658.812
- Entrepreneurship – 658.022, 658.041, 658.4
- Insurance – 368
- International Trade – 332
- Investing – 332.63
- Job Search and Career – 650.14
- Management and Leadership – 658.4
- Personal Finance – 332.6
- Personal Success in Business – 650.1
- Presentations – 658.452
- Resumes & Interviewing – 650.14 to 650.144
- Sales & Selling – 658.81 to 658.85
- Small Business Management – 658.022, 658.041, 658.4
- Time Management – 650.11
- Wills & Estates – 346.7305 (also 332.024)
Magazines / Newspapers
- Bloomberg Business Week
- Connecticut Magazine
- Fairfield County Business Journal
- Financial Times
- Harvard Business Review
- Investor’s Business Daily – IBD Weekly
- Kiplinger Letter
- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance*
- Kiplinger’s Retirement Report
- New York Times
- Value Line Investment Survey
- Wall Street Journal
* Indicates magazines that are also available for download on RBDigital