Seeks to connect local entrepreneurs and small business owners to the resources and services they need to be successful in today’s marketplace.
Includes business specialists who provide one-on-one attention, help, training, and educational opportunities.
Provides valuable business tools—such as online databases like ReferenceUSA—as well as vital resources in the community.
Hosts free business seminars led by experienced, local experts on everything from financing and marketing a venture to customer service and advice on operating food-focused enterprises.
Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) consists of 31 locations serving Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Western Missouri. MCPL provides business reference materials and many MCPL branches have free library programs and events that for people who own small businesses or those contemplating starting a small business. Find a local branch by going to mymcpl.org.
MCPL provides resource materials and online databases that can be used by business owners to access information related to starting or growing a business including:
- Sample business plans and templates
- Market research
- Locate local businesses
- Demographic data
- Industry research
- Company research
- Grant databases
- Online business guides and books
- Financial literacy
Information is accessible at any of the 35 locations or online with an MCPL access pass. At the North Independence Branch, you can access help from our Business Information Librarian. Kelly Head is on-hand to answer reference questions at the North Independence Branch, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).