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Hennepin County Library

Hennepin County Library

Library resources collected specifically for business owners

Online resources

Hennepin County Library has many free online resources available to entrepreneurs and business owners, specifically in the business and employment section, including:

  • Business databases with information on companies, industry, competitive landscape, customer segmentation, demographics and more
  • Management tools and resources on how to start and run a business, including the:
  • Market and investment databases that provide information on stock performance for global and private companies and guidance and tutorials on stocks, funds and investment portfolio building
  • Online trainings and events for business development, job-seeking and careers

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In-person resources

The library also offers in-person resources, including:

  • The Patent and Trademark Resource Center, located on the second floor of Minneapolis Central library, provides access to search tools for researching patents and trademarks, as well as a collection of reference materials and guides. It is the only patent and trademark resource center in Minnesota. Experienced library staff are available to support your research.
  • The Foundation Directory Online Professional, available at any HCL branch, offers information on grants for individuals, corporations, and non-profits.

View all library business and employment resources.

Learn more

Learn more about what Hennepin County Library has to offer for businesses and nonprofits in the video below.


Learn more about the Hennepin County Library at large.

Erin Cavell