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Business Resources

The Monroe County Library System provides reference services and library resources to help Rochester-area businesses succeed.  Member libraries contribute to the economic growth of our region by training expert staff, maintaining business materials, and providing public programs on economics, business, government, financial literacy, and career development.

A comprehensive schedule of current business events and programs can be found here (select category "Business & Finance"). 

Regional business resources and websites recommended by the MCLS is here [PDF].

Online Resources 

The MCLS provides a number of business research databases available remotely for your convenience, requiring only your library card. These free resources include indexed, searchable company and industry profiles, market research, financial reports, regional demographic analysis, current news, and much more. Resources include:

Resources available at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County  

The Business Division of the Central Library offers extensive web-based market research and investment analysis subscriptions for public use, as well as print business journals. Specialized market research and financial investment data sources for use on-site include:

  • ABI/INFORM Complete: Features thousands of full-text journals and periodicals such as The Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, with downloadable data.
  • CountryWatch: Provides critical country-specific intelligence and data, including key demographic features and pertinent environmental issues.
  • Frost & Sullivan 360°: Provides industry analysis, technology analysis and customer research. To see a complete list of industries covered click here.  
  • Hoover’s Company Profiles: Search more than 40,000 companies for information on a company's location, financials, top competitors, top officers and more.
  • IBISWorld Industry Research: Provides strategic insight and analysis on more than 1,000 U.S. industries. To see a complete list of industries covered click here.
  • IBISWorld State Specific Research Reports: The reports in this add-on module complement their core US NAICS Industry collection and offer state-specific data, analysis and forecasts to help you understand industry trends at a more local level. This module is made possible by a donation from the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Mergent: Maintains a comprehensive global company database, including institutional holdings, insider trading, FactSheets, debt ratings, and issuances.
  • Morningstar Mutual Funds: Provides independent analysis, research and ratings for top mutual funds, including prices, ratings, performance data, and analysis.
  • Morningstar Stock Investor: Monthly publication and website following Morningstar-managed portfolios and investment strategies. 
  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship: Search a spectrum of resources ranging from scholarly journals to sample business plans in a wide range of formats.
  • Standard & Poor's Capital IQ: Offers data on company financials, executive and director information, financial news, filings, screening and modeling tools, real-time market data, industry analyses, and investment research.
  • Valueline: Provides independent investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertibles.

Research specialists can provide support to individuals and organizations while respecting the confidentiality of your research work. Please call 585-428-8130 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Small Business Support 

The Central Library maintains a Small Business Resource Center on the 4th floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building. The Center provides programs and an extensive collection of materials for starting and running a small business.  

Tax Information 

Did you know that the library can make your tax experience a little bit easier? Click here for a listing of resources you can use.