Small Business

Contact: Christie Mitchell, Adult Services Librarian, call 203-438-2282 x113
or email Reference Desk

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.

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.

Business Learning

LinkedIn Learning for Libraries 

The service has been upgraded to a new platform with twice the number of courses in 6 more languages (French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese).

  • Over 16,000 video tutorials in management, leadership, education, marketing, multimedia design, web development, photography, design, CAD, and more
  • Gain multimedia, design, social media, and web development skills
  • Utilize tutorials on job-hunting and resume writing
  • Build career-boosting business know how
  • Explore courses covering a wide range of Microsoft Office and Apple software
  • Learn from expert instructors with real-world experience
  • Keep up-to-date with technology
  • 60+ new courses per week

LinkedIn Learning allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.

Log onto LinkedIn Learning using your Ridgefield Library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (this may be a 12-character password that you created or it may be the last four digits of your phone number). 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.

Value Line Investment Survey

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.

Business Directory

Reference USA

Search over 57 million companies in U.S. Businesses. Perfect for market research and job seekers. 


Create a targeted list of companies; search by geographic location, industry, size, and more.


Also search U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internships, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, and U.S. Healthcare (physicians and dentists).


Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Reports, and More

Small Business Reference Center

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. 

ABI/INFORM Collection

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

ABI/INFORM Collection’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 ReviewMIT 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

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

America’s News by NewsBank

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) 


Consumer 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.)

MasterFILE Premier

Search 1,700 magazines (some going back to 1975), 500 reference books, 592,000 images, and more. Includes full text of Consumer Reports articles.

New York Times

1980 to present.

Wall Street Journal

1984 to present.

Business Services

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.


Nonprofit Resources

The Library maintains a collection on nonprofit management, fundraising,
grants, and Foundation Center resources.

View Nonprofits, Grants & Foundation Center for more information.

Learning Opportunities

Seminars, workshops, lectures, and other programs related to business
development and management, employment, career advice, and more.  
Visit our Events Calendar for current offerings.


State and Local Business Information

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission 

SCORE – Western Connecticut Chapter 

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.  

AdvanceCT – Licenses

AdvanceCT – Town Profiles

Connecticut Better Business Bureau 

Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC)

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. 

Fairfield County Business Journal 

Westchester County Business Journal


Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Library Materials

The Business collection is located in a designated area on the Upper Level
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

  • Barron’s
  • Bloomberg Business Week
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fairfield County Business Journal
  • Financial Times
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Investor’s Business Daily – IBD Weekly
  • Kiplinger Letter
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance*
  • Kiplinger’s Retirement Report
  • Money
  • New York Times
  • Value Line Investment Survey
  • Wall Street Journal

* Indicates magazines that are also available for download on RBDigital