Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

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It comes as no surprise that a library would be one of the best resources available for learning and personal/professional growth, but the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library takes it a step further. By providing valuable experiences and resources for the community–including our businesses and nonprofits–the Library is a major contributor to improving Charlotte’s individuals, businesses and community.

For over a century, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been offering free resources, giving entrepreneurs like you the opportunity to research, learn and experience everything you need to know about starting and growing a business in Charlotte.

Starting


Starting a Business

Sample business plans, business research tools, searchable databases and much more are all available on the second floor of the Main Library. Also available is The Foundation Center’s collection of materials for nonprofits and grants!


Getting Started

Create Your Business Plan

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers sample business plans, business research tools, searchable databases and much more. Visit them online to learn more, or better yet, visit the second floor of the Main Library to get started!

Market Research

If you need to find information about your market and its consumers, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has just what you need. Use Reference USA to find competitors. SimplyMap can be used to discover local demographics. And, of course, ABI/INFOR is available to help you search for industry trends. View all of the Library’s resources here!

Counseling and Training

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers a variety of classes to help you get your business up and running. Register for a course here! Other resources include Lynda.com, which allows you to learn a new skill online, as well as Universal Class, which gives you the opportunity to continue your education online.


Licensing and Permitting

Getting Started

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Starting a Business Checklist is a full list of everything you need to know about licensing and permitting a business in Charlotte, down to the departments you need to contact. Find it here!


Training and Development

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers a variety of classes to help you get your business up and running. Register for a course, or access the other learning resources available to entrepreneurs through the Library.


Non-Profit Resources

Starting a Non-Profit

As a member of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library provides resources that allow nonprofits, grantmakers and individual researchers to identify potential funding partners and collaborators. If this sounds like what you need, click here.

Funding

How will you find the funding you need to start your nonprofit? As a partner of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers resources that will help you find the funding you need.

Local Resources

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is a member of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network, and they offer free access to print electronic resources that support philanthropy. Learn more here.


Growing


Growing a Business

When it’s time to take your business to the next level, the Library can help connect you to the information you need. Use Reference USA to learn more about competitors in your industry and ABI/INFORM to discover industry trends. And with SimplyMap, you can learn more about the demographics in your area.


Workforce

Workforce Data

As a Federal Depository Library, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has a variety of data on your workforce. Visit them today for statistics from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and more.

Training Programs

Did you know that the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers free computer classes? Send your trainees to the Library to learn Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint and more!


Environmental Sustainability

Tools to Green Your Business

Visit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library online to find books on making your business green. You can also find business articles in magazines and trade publications in ABI/INFORM.


Locating


Site Selection

Market and Demographic Data

Through its online business resource, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has compiled useful links to help with all of your market research needs, including economic conditions, industry research, demographics and marketing. Learn more about the services and resources offered by the Library! Access the resources here.

Real Estate Search

Before you sign the lease, use Reference USA to find competitors and SimplyMap to discover local demographics. Find these resources and more here!


Financing


Financing a Business

Grants

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers resources that will help you learn the fundamentals of grant seeking and grant making. Click here to access these resources and more.


WHY CHARLOTTE


Your Business In Charlotte

Culture, Hospitality and Tourism

With a Main Library Uptown and 19 branches conveniently located throughout Mecklenburg County, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library strives to be a catalyst for community betterment. It’s a place where neighbors can share ideas and develop solutions to community challenges and where volunteers and donors are eager to contribute to a literate, informed community that is working and thriving. Find them online at www.cmlibrary.org.



Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – Main

310 N Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 416-0100

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