Books to Borrow
Just jot down the call number next to a book below, and find it on the library shelves. Use the Book Catalog search box above to find more.
Online catalog subjects
Search for books with the Book Catalog link at the top of this page. Subject headings like these work well to find books in this Library:
Small business management
Small business law and legislation
Small business finance
Small business planning
Women in business
New business enterprises
To find books with sample business plans, search the catalog with the subject “New business enterprises planning.”
Statistics & Demographics
Demographic & economic data and much more from 100 federal agencies.
- Use MapStats link for state, county and city statistics.
- For this area’s wage and occupation data: use Agencies by Subject > Labor > Bureau of Labor Statistics > Pay & Benefits > Wages by Area and Occupation > Metropolitan Area Wage Data > For 375 MSAs > New York > Glens Falls MSA.
- Under Agencies by Subject > Labor > Bureau of Labor Statistics > Spending and Time Use > American Time Use Survey.
- Under Agencies by Subject, choose Economics (Census Bureau, Small Business Administration) or Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics with wage surveys, more).
Consumer Expenditure Survey
Shows how much Americans spend on specific types of consumer goods. Scroll down the main page for most recent Consumer Expenditure Reports, or comparisons by region. You can also click the Subject Area tab running across the page in red. From Bureau of Labor Statistics & Census Bureau.
County Business Patterns
Search for numbers of types of businesses in each county, with numbers of employees, more. New: under Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Area, choose Glens Falls MSA.
From Census Bureau; choose a county for detailed demographic information on "age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade." Downloadable data.
U.S. Census Bureau: American Factfinder - "Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data." Do a search by zip code or county; click Show More for details. In left column, choose People > Income for income by household or per capita.
U.S. Census Bureau: Business Data You Can Use - Economic Census data of U.S. businesses from 2002 and 2007 economic censuses; national, state and county information on sales, industries, much more. Also see Business & Industry links.
Occupational Outlook Handbook Career, salary, job outlook information from the U.S. Department of Labor, updated each year.
Statistics for Specific Industries (from Small Business Administration; useful for developing your business plan, refining your business strategy and managing your business)
New York State:
Open.ny.gov: Open Data Portal from New York State, offering local, state, federal statistics on huge variety of topics. Debuted in March, 2013.
New York State Statistics: "From Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in cooperation with the Office of the Governor and the New York State Division of the Budget. Similar to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the Yearbook is organized into chapters focusing on specific governmental functions or subjects, such as Education, Transportation, and Finances. At the beginning of each of these 15 sections, “Highlight” information is provided along with a listing of tables in that section. For most of the tables, data are presented for the five boroughs of New York City and the 57 counties outside New York City." The library owns the New York State Statistical Yearbook REF. HA 541 .N489 (annual).
New York State Data Center: "The state's primary and most comprehensive source for economic and demographic data, tracking the trends of the State of New York, its businesses and people." From Empire State Development.
Post-Star's DataVault - Glens Falls region's daily newspaper offers a page of selected statistics sources for this area.
Jimapco Map Room - Local map company offers web site with demographics for specific local areas.
These reference books below offer demographics, income, educational level, etc. They're located on the main floor of the library. Tip: Check sources at the bottom of the statistical charts in these books; you can search those agency Web sites for more current information, or use the Web sites above.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States REF. HA 202 .A38 (annual)
- County Business Patterns: New York REF. HC 107 .N7 U517 2000 (see latest online version)
- County and City Extra REF. HA 203 .C68 (annual)
- New York State Statistical Yearbook REF. HA 541 .N489 (annual)
- American Time Use REF. HD 69 .T54 A46 2007
See the Web Sites tab for more.
Small Business Administration Links:
The SBA offers these excellent links:
Resources at Public Libraries
If you have a library card for a local library, you can use their online resources!
Find these books on the main floor of the library. They cannot be borrowed, but are always in the library to use.
Business Plan Books:
Prentice Hall Ency. of Model Business Plans
REFERENCE HD 30.28.C76 1998
Business Plans Handbook (many volumes)
REFERENCE HD 62.7 .B865
Sampler of actual business plans by small businesses. Also online in Gale Virtual Reference Library; see "Online Reference" tab above.
Small Business Research Books:
Directory of Business Information Resources
REF. HF 54.52 .U5 D56 2012
Small business sourcebook: the entrepreneur’s resource
Ref. HD 2341 .S63 2011 Vol. 1-6 (find trade associations, trade journals, more)
Encyclopedia of Small Business (2 vols.)
REFERENCE HD 62.7 .H553 1998
2002 edition available online in Gale Virtual Reference Library database; see "Online Reference" tab above.
How to Set Up Your Own Small Business (2 vols.)
REFERENCE HD 62.7 .H69 2009 (2005 edition is in Circulating Collection)
Small Business Desk Reference
REFERENCE HD 2341 .S5689 2004