Budding entrepreneur? Carlsbad Public Library has resources to help you get your business started

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Are you thinking about starting a business? You have a unique skill that is not being offered and you know that you could fill the market and offer the community something new, but you are not sure where to begin. There are many steps needed to start a business, and it all can be very overwhelming. Do not let that stop you. The library can help. We have many resources and ways to help you start a new business.

Small Business Reference Center is a great place to start, it has all the essentials to get your business started. There are many legal guides to help with taxes, and more legal issues. This database provides the everyday user with the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide range of small business topics, including buying/selling a business, managing employees, writing a business plan, understanding legal information, marketing a business, and much more.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Course helps you get into the right mindset. Sign up for Entrepreneurial Mindset Training and learn how to think (and act) like an entrepreneur. In this self-paced program, developed by the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, you will learn how to recognize opportunities that others overlook. Drawing from best practices in design thinking, you will learn how to discover opportunities that are hiding in plain sight. Master the art of bootstrapping. You will learn how cash-strapped entrepreneurs manage to identify, evaluate and transform their ideas into a sustainable success. Develop a success network that will enable you to avoid costly mistakes, reduce the learning curve and accelerate your growth. Identify and overcome the self-imposed limitations that may be holding you back. Tap into a mindset that will inspire and empower you to create a path toward a more meaningful and prosperous life regardless of where you start.

Gale Business: Plan Builder, Business planning can be a complex and unfamiliar process. Often, entrepreneurs don’t know what kind of information they need, where to find it, or how to get started. Gale Business: Plan Builder brings it all together by offering an engaging, step-by-step guided experience–complete with the information and tools needed to move through the entire business development life cycle. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through the five essential steps of business planning and explains what each activity is, why it is important in the overall process, and how to get started.

Take the law into your own hands and create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle with Gale LegalForms. It offers New Mexico-specific “attorney forms” – officially approved forms actually used by law firms. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format so you just need to simply “fill in the blanks.”

State and local resources are very important when running a new business. Don’t know where to start? We have created a whole resource guide of application, permits, and agencies that can help you with many diverse aspects of starting or running a business.

Market resource/advertising can be found with AtoZdatabases which is the premier reference, research, marketing, mailing lists/sales leads and job-search database. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of otherpossibilities.

We are willing to help you find the information you need for your business. The library supports the community and that includes your business. Some of these database require a free library card, and our state and local resources are only a trip or phone call to the library away.

This article originally appeared on Carlsbad Current-Argus: Budding entrepreneur? Carlsbad Public Library has resources to help you get your business started