Small Business

Pam Kessinger, Library Faculty

  • Pam Kessinger

  • Office Hours: T, W, Th, F 9:00-4:30; M 12:30-8 pm and by appointment
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About this Guide

Library research tools for Small Business

Find Sources

Find more!  The Library search box is your starting point to find books, ebooks, DVDs, articles, and other materials.


Startup, investors, community building for locating financing for entrepreneurs

BizCenter, Oregon
Small Business Development Center Network, Oregon. Links to services, workshops, videos and helpful information for the entrepreneur, in Oregon. Search by zip code for the nearest SBDC office.

Quick demographic information by zip code.

CLIMB for Small Business, Portland
Sources for entrepreneurs. Hosted by Portland Community College.

FormNet from Entrepreneur
Downloadable documents and forms for businesses. Use the book Ultimate Book of Business and Legal Forms for Startups as an introduction and guide.

Fund Isabella
Venture capital firm supporting women entrepreneurs

Golden Seeds
Venture capital network for women entrepreneurs

Licenses, Permits and Registrations
The official State of Oregon website that provides a single information source for Oregon licenses, certifications, permits, and registrations (all referred to as licenses)

National Association of Women Business Owners
Resources and support for women entrepreneurs

National Small Business Association
Legislative information for small business finance.

North American Industry Classification System
Developed jointly by the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Links to NAIC based statistics; NAIC codes list. (Formerly: SIC codes.)

Oregon Business Channel
Brief profiles of Oregon based corporations, public and private. Rankings. Current business headlines.

Oregon: Starting A Business
Official guides and forms from the state of Oregon, Secretary of State.

Patent and Trademark Office
Searchable database, with summaries of patents; advice on how to apply.

Portland Business Alliance
Chamber information; locate area businesses; publications.

Portland Development Commission
Finance, planning and regulations within the city of Portland.

"Counselors to America's Small Business", Portland Office.

Small Business Incubator
Regional tools for small business development. Created by Multnomah County Library.

U.S. Business Advisor
A gateway to U.S. Government information and assistance for small business, including the National Performance Review.

U.S. Uniform Commercial Code
Rules for contract law. Hosted by Cornell Law School.

U.S. Small Business Administration
"Links to small business information, including state and federal regulations, and government funded programs to assist small business development and expansion."

Write a Business Plan, from SBA
Tips from the Small Business Association.



Black Enterprise


Consumer Reports

Daily Journal of Commerce: enter a word into the Lexis-Nexis search box--Portland, for example--to search for articles in the DJC






Library sources

Use these subject words to locate books, videos, and other items from the PCC Library:





National Business Association

Oregon Business Association

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Portland Development Commission

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Daily Dose
From Entrepreneur magazine, various editors and writers address breaking news for small business owners.

Small business blog
Advice and updates on topics of interest to entrepreneurs by Rieva Lesonsky.


The Small Business Administration's YouTube Channel.

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Helping Yourself!

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StarCiting sources is another way you can help yourself! PCC Library has all the information you need on Cite Sources. The library also has video tutorials on everything from how to develop a topic for your paper to figuring out how to incorporate those citations. You'll find those videos, as well as information about using e-resources, at Tutorials and Handouts.

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Rock Creek Student Learning Center

Tutoring at Southeast Center

Tutoring at Sylvania

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