Thinking of starting your own business?  Be sure to search Small Business Resource Center database from GALE CENGAGE Learning to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Small Business Resource Center is one of many online business databases available to members of the Alameda County Library System.  Resources in this database include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.  Small Business Resource Center offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. From conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business, the Small Business Resource Center provides you with all the information you need to succeed.


You can conduct a search based on subject or keyword, or by searching the entire document.  You can also link directly to pre-compiled information based on popular business topics and types, sample business plans, and answers to frequently asked questions from a “How To” menu.  In addition to a basic search, an advanced search, a subject guide search, or a search by publication can be performed.   Results from your search are delivered in an HTML-based text and graphics format designed for quick display and readability.


Small Business Resource Center is home to the best business resources Thomson Gale has to offer, including the entire Business Plans Handbook Series, containing hundreds of sample business plans created by working entrepreneurs.

Also included are the Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, Encyclopedia of Management and Small Business Management — A Framework for Success. Small Business Resource Center also features dozens of titles from John Wiley & Sons — best known for the popular and easy-to-understand “For Dummies” series — such as Entrepreneurship For Dummies, Business Contracts For Dummies, Home-Based Business For Dummies, Portable MBA Strategy, 2nd Ed., The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth and Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Small Business Resource Center also includes nearly 200 business journals — both specialty/vertical market and general business — including titles like:

  • Better Asset Management
  • Black Enterprise
  • Consumer Comments
  • Cosmetics International
  • Direct Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Family Business Review
  • The Tax Adviser