Small Business Research: Microenterprise Information for Entrepreneurs

If you're starting a small business, check here for selected information for entrepreneurs.

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Books to Borrow

Look at the list below and jot down the call number of any interesting ones. Find it on the library shelves. Or, use the "Start Your Research Here" search box on the home page, and limit it to Books.

To Search for Books

Subject headings like these work well to find books in this library, using the book database:

New business enterprises
Start-up business enterprises

Small business
Small business management
Retail trade
Consumer behavior
Legal forms
Small business law and legislation
Small business finance
Small business planning
Business ethics
Women in business


To find books with sample business plans, search the book database with the subject  “New business enterprises planning.”

More New Entrepreneurship Books

Reference Books

Find these books on the main floor of the library. They cannot be borrowed, but are always in the library to use.


Check sources at the bottom of the statistical charts in these books; you can search those agency websites for more current information, or use links above.

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States REF. HA 202 .A38 (annual)
  • County Business Patterns: New York REF. HC 107 .N7 U517 2000 (see latest online version)
  • County and City Extra REF. HA 203 .C68 (annual)
  • New York State Statistical Yearbook REF. HA 541 .N489 (annual)
  • American Time Use   REF. HD 69 .T54 A46 2007

Business Plan Books:

  • Prentice Hall Ency. of Model Business Plans REFERENCE HD 30.28.C76 1998
  • Business Plans Handbook (many volumes) REFERENCE HD 62.7 .B865 Sampler of actual business plans by small businesses. Also online in Gale Virtual Reference Library; see "Online Reference" tab above.

Small Business Research Books:

  • Directory of Business Information Resources REF. HF 54.52 .U5 D56 2012
  • Small business sourcebook: the entrepreneur’s resource Ref. HD 2341 .S63 2011 Vol. 1-6 (find trade associations, trade journals, more)
  • Encyclopedia of Small Business (2 vols.) REFERENCE HD 62.7 .H553 1998 2002 edition available online in Gale Virtual Reference Library database; see "Online Reference" tab above.
  • How to Set Up Your Own Small Business (2 vols.) REFERENCE HD 62.7 .H69 2009 (2005 edition is in Circulating Collection)
  • Small Business Desk Reference REFERENCE HD 2341 .S5689 2004

More Books to Borrow

The Power of SUNY
Plattsburgh University
Empire State College
Paul Smith's College