Business Center

Welcome to our Business Center! Here you'll find information about the resources the library can offer your small business. You'll find recommended print reference titles, business newspapers and magazines, electronic resources, and links to government and general websites. 

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HTFL is proud to have the support of local businesses in the Haverford Township Community. Please visit our Community Business & Organization Directory to learn about local organizations who support and partner with HTFL!

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Our Library and Your Business: A Note from Christine Faris
The Staff and Board of Trustees of the Haverford Township Free Library recently welcomed the business community of Haverford Township to our third annual Business Breakfast.
Discover what the library has to offer through our online and print resources, programs and workshops, individual instruction and much more. 
We provide information, education, and materials to the 49,000 residents in the Township and welcome on average 800 guests a day. 
We know that businesses are challenged every day, and we stand ready to assist you in all of your business endeavors.
We encourage you to avail yourself of all that we have to offer, either in the library or on our
Thank you for joining us as our partners in the community.
Christine Faris, Library Director
 Download Business Ebooks and Audiobooks
 The library offers over 150 recently published business ebooks and audiobooks for download.  To browse the collection and download selections, click here

Recommended Electronic Resources 
Access is provided by the Delaware County Library System.  To login, you must have an active library card.  
An eBook presenting approximately 25 sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries.  These are actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.
The single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.
State-specific (and multi-state) forms, including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant and many others.
Coverage of over 20,000 Stock and Fund securities, frequently updated, independent reports on 1,000 stocks and 2,000 funds, and exclusive ratings for both stocks and mutual funds.
Pennsylvania Foundations (No remote access. To use, visit any Delaware County Library)
Owned and managed by professionals who bring decades of experience in grantsmanship, fund raising and non profit management, along with the necessary technological skills needed to provide research tools about funders making grants to support initiatives in Pennsylvania.
This is a fully searchable guide to US businesses. You can find a business by name, geographic location, SIC codes, yellow page listing, executive name, size of company, and several other ways. Good for job seekers or business prospects.
To view more electronic resources, click here
Recommended Print Resources
Available in the Reference collection of the library.
Contains the complete directory of local interest mass communications media in the eight county Greater Philadelphia area.
Includes descriptive and statistical data for companies in the entire state.  Divided into 2 volumes—Industrial and Services. 
Compliments of your library and Morningstar.
Pennsylvania Abstract REF 317.48 PEN
Published annually with over 200 tables containing data for Pennsylvania and its 67 counties. Data for each edition is collected from state and federal agencies and covers population, housing, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, and governments. 
Provides U.S. Census Bureau population counts and demographic characteristics. Presented in table format for easy analysis.  Also includes reference and thematic maps where appropriate.  Editions include Chester, Delaware, Montgomery counties.
Lists of hundreds of area companies in their fields, by ranking. Published annually to include up-to-date names of key decision makers, along with their titles and complete contact information.
The library also carries a robust collection of business-related  titles available for checkout. To search the catalog for available titles, click here.
Just a selection of magazines with both local and national coverage that the library subscribes to.
Reviews and ranks local businesses and services based on price and quality of service.
Main Line Today (monthly)
Explores the people, issues and institutions that influence life on the Main Line. 
Reports on regional business trends, political analysis, metropolitan planning, and social issues.
Barron's (weekly)
Provides in-depth analysis and commentary on the financial markets.
Looks at the latest international business news, global economic conditions, technology and industry trends, company profiles, and government policy.
Forbes (biweekly)
Reports business news and financial information.
Past issues of magazines may be checked out for 3 weeks. 
Daily Newspapers
Newspapers are archived for 1 month after publication.
Recommended Government Sites
Delaware County Representative in the PA House
Contains information about labor laws and safety standards in the workplace, plus compliance issues with Workers' and Unemployment Compensation.  
Explore financial options, download forms necessary to start and expand a business, and register a business with multiple PA Departments.
Find information on small business loans, business taxes resource exchanges, and elected officials.
Measures manufacturing activity in important commodity areas such as textiles, chemicals, primary metals, computer/electronic components.
Contains data on the US and international economies.  Categories include banking, business, exchange rate, employment, interest rates, prices, etc.  
Reports statistics about workplace injury, OSHA inspections and standards, and industry profiles.
Maintained by the Library of Congress and contains links to reputable, authoritative sites for over 50 detailed business subjects. 
The US government's official web portal.  Features online businesses services such as filing patents and trademarks.
Offers counseling and other forms of assistance to small businesses including information about loans and loan guarantees.
Recommended General Sites
Allows user to view actual up-to-date annual reports from companies in a variety of industries.
Provides objective consumer-oriented information.
Connects funders with the institutions that need them and business, individuals, and nonprofits with the causes they care about.
Offers legal information and resources for small business owners and help for entrepreneurs seeking to get a business idea off the ground.
Helps new nonprofits fill out their tax exempt application form.
Promotes economic development and the revitalization of business districts in Haverford Township.
Educates entrepreneurs and helps small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide.
Brings together industrial buyers and suppliers on national, regional, and local levels.