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Business Source Complete – Scholarly business database providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full-text content. Includes indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886, as well as searchable cited references for more than 1,300 journals.

City of New Orleans Business Permits and Licenses – Find information related to applications and processes for obtaining occupational licenses, mayoralty permits, certificates of necessity and public convenience, electrical and mechanical contractors’ licenses, taxi driver and tour guide permits, along with information related to external reviews and certifications that are required. 

Data Axle Reference Solutions – Search the US Business Directory and US Residential Directory. Access is for personal, non-commercial use only. 

Entrepreneurial Mindset Training Course – Have an idea for a new business? Take this course to learn how to think like an entrepreneur. 

geauxBIZ - One-stop site for launching a new business in the state of Louisiana from the Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State. 

Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) – No-cost business information services that can help you gather industry or market statistics for your business or marketing plan, research specific market or industry trends, and identify competitors, suppliers or potential customers. 

New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) – Helps entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses through initiatives and a combination of powerful online business tools. 

New Orleans Startup Fund – A nonprofit venture fund focused on business creation and innovation in the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region. The Startup Fund’s mission is to create jobs and economic prosperity by providing seed capital and business assistance to early-stage firms that demonstrate significant growth potential. 

SCORE New Orleans – Provides a variety of confidential business advice for free. Counseling tailored to your business and personal goals. 

Small Business Reference Center – Provides up-to-date information from EBSCO on relevant topics, including starting a company, operations management and sales, and growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books. 

The Data Center - This nonprofit brings together data from multiple sources and aims to build prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable communities by making informed decisions possible. The Center’s areas of expertise include disaster recovery, regional economic analysis, workforce development, racial disparity indicators, blight reduction, affordable housing, and coastal population movements.  

Value Line – Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can help position you for financial success. Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets, and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks, to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.  

Grants & Non-profit Organizations

Foundation Directory Online – This research tool helps nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects, how much to request, and what to highlight in a grant proposal. This resource can only be accessed at Main Library. Call 504-596-2560 to make an appointment. 

Foundation Grants to Individuals – This research tool is designed to find foundations that provide financial support for individual grant seekers. This resource can only be accessed at Main Library. Call 504-596-2560 to make an appointment. 

Grants.gov – This e-government initiative provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. 

GuideStar – This database provides information on every nonprofit registered with the IRS as tax exempt. It also contains data on former nonprofits as well as organizations not registered with the IRS, but recognized by the IRS as exempt, such as faith-based organizations. GuideStar obtains the information from the nonprofits themselves, the federal government, and partners in the nonprofit sector. 

Taxes 

IRS Forms, Instructions, & Publications – Find and print federal tax forms, filing instructions, and commonly used tax guides for the current year or for previous years. 

Louisiana Department of Revenue – Find and print state tax forms, filing instructions, and commonly used tax guides for the current year or for previous years.