Resources for Businesses

Getting Started

Starting a Small Business

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

They offer a quick start guide to planning, launching, managing, and growing your small business.

BRS Assists

BRS Assists are short bibliographies compiled by the staff of the Business Reference Section at the Library of Congress to assist users in quickly locating credible and current information on basic topics such as:

AccountingInternet Resources
Business PlansMarketing
Exporting & ImportingProducts & Manufacturers
Financing Your FutureRetirement
Industry SurveysVenture Capital

Community Resources

Orion Area Chamber of Commerce

The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce is a valuable resource for businesses, providing leadership, advocacy, professional development and economic growth for businesses in and around the Orion area. If you conduct business in or around Lake Orion or Orion Township, Michigan, the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our growing organization. The OACC provides networking opportunities, business education, company visibility and experienced resources to help your business grow and thrive in today’s business climate.

Downtown Development Authority

The mission of the Lake Orion DDA is to enhance the economic potential and preserve the historical character of the Lake Orion DDA District, the heart and hub of the Orion Community, through promotional activities and an organizational structure that focuses on community involvement with local businesses, residents, and other stakeholders.

Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center has experienced, skilled and successful business counselors. As an​ Oakland County business owner, you can access powerful business tools, data analysis and business services that can lead to long-term business success. Hands-on business and technical services are delivered by an experienced staff and network of public and private sector partners.​​ Business consultants work with small for-profit businesses and advanced technology companies.​

Library Resources

Individual Study & Small Group Meeting Rooms

The Orion Township Public Library provides individual/small study tables and rooms for informal groups to meet without disrupting quieter areas of the library.  Study Room 1 can accommodate up to 4 people.  Study Room 2 can accommodate up to 6 people.

Meeting Rooms for Organized Groups and Civic Organizations

The Orion Township Public Library has meeting areas available to certain groups as detailed in the policy below.

  • The main Meeting Room is divided into two sections, each seating 75 people theater style, or 200 if both sections are used.
  • The James Ingram Room can accommodate up to 35 people.
  • The Youth Activity Room can accommodate up to 25 people.

Wireless Internet Access

The Orion Township Public Library provides wireless internet access (WiFi) to our patrons on their laptops or other wireless-enabled mobile devices for web and email access. 

Wireless Printing

The Orion Library now offers the ability to print from anywhere with any Internet / Email enabled device and claim your print jobs at one of our public printers. Users have the option to send their print jobs by email, upload their jobs to the library’s Wireless Printing Portal, or use the PrinterOn mobile app.

Notary Services

The Orion Library offers free Notary services based on the availability of authorized staff.  Please contact the library at (248) 693-3000 for Notary Public availability.

Public Photocopying & Faxing

The Orion Library has one Black & White / Color photocopiers for patron use located in Adult Services.  Adult Services also hosts two Library Document Stations, allowing patrons to scan photos and documents to email, smartphone, tablet, USB storage, various cloud services, fax, or library printers.

Databases

Search premium online business and investing resources provided by the Orion Library and Michigan eLibrary.

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases is a premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
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Business Book Summaries

Business Book Summaries (BBS) provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books. With these summaries, professionals and students can keep up with the latest information in the business world and learn more effectively.
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DemographicsNow Library Edition

Robust and highly-detailed demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more. Reporting capability allows you to rapidly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions.
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eBook Academic Collection

eBook Academic Collection contains a large selection of multidisciplinary e-books representing a broad range of academic subjects. The breadth of information available through this package ensures that students and scholars will have access to information relevant to their research needs.
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eBook Business Collection

eBook Business Collection offers more than 18,000 business e-books selected to assist students and scholars with various business research, special project and entrepreneurial needs. A key resource for academic and business school libraries, eBook Business Collection encompasses a variety of topics, such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship.

 
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Entrepreneurial Studies Source

Entrepreneurial Studies Source is an essential database for business students and researchers, providing the latest insights on entrepreneurship and small businesses topics. It offers full-text business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With a valid library card, users can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.
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When logging in to this service for the first time, you’ll be asked to provide your name and email address in order to create a profile. If you’ve previously had a lynda.com account, you can log in with the username and password for your previous account and that history will transfer to your new profile.
 

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world’s leading publishers. Covering virtually every general interest subject area, it also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps, and flags.
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Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center gives you access to comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and more. If you’re new to Morningstar, take a look at these Tutorial Videos.

 
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Regional Business News

Regional Business News provides full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources.
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Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.
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Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides

Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides offers easy-to-use tools to help patrons navigate through nine important areas. Each easy-to-read, step-by-step guide is packed with accurate, unbiased information and recommendations you’ve come to expect from Weiss Ratings. Topics include: Automotive Insurance; Elder Care Choices; Health Savings Accounts; Homeowners Insurance; Long-Term Care Insurance; Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage; Medicare Supplement Insurance; Term Life Insurance; Variable Annuities.
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