Small Business Resources

The Richmond Room, located at our Main Library, has many services, programs, and resources to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. Library staff can assist with questions and research on a variety of business topics. Staff is also available for one-on-one appointments to discuss more in-depth questions. For example, we can provide sample business documents, explain the steps to starting a business, and assist with referrals to many of the free and low-cost services for small businesses in the Richmond area.

Programs, Events, and Workshops

The Richmond Room hosts free workshops on a wide variety of topics pertaining to small businesses. We also partner with agencies such as the Small Business Development Center, the Office of Minority Business Development, and the Office of Community Wealth Building to provide class and workshops to support small businesses. Please check the calendar for upcoming events.

Online Small Business Resources

The library’s collection includes many free online and print resources. We have sample business documents, operating agreements, and contracts that are specific to the laws of Virginia. The library also has free access to many online databases that can assist small business owners and entrepreneurs:

ACCEL5 Online Learning

Explore a unique business library, featuring videos, book summaries, and articles on professional development, leadership theory, and business best practices.

City of Richmond's Office of Community Wealth Building

Equitable solutions to reduce the effects of poverty and enhance wealth development opportunities for the City of Richmond's most impacted communities.

City of Richmond Office of Minority Business Development

Opportunities for minority-owned and emerging small businesses.

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

Use these self-paced, online classes to learn how to think like an entrepreneur as you prepare to launch a small business venture or plan a career path.

Gale Legal Forms

Get access to thousands of free legal forms specific to Virginia including LLC operating agreements, MOUs, NDAs, and corporate governance documents. It also features an Attorney Directory by subject expertise.


Provides free access to state and federal cases, statutes and regulations from all jurisdictions.

Mergent Intellect

Locate company data and contact info, explore consumer data and demographic groups, or conduct residential searches.

Small Business Development Center

SBDC offers no-cost individualized advising, from start up to established businesses.

Universal Class

Browse over 100 business classes on topics such as business management, advertising, budgeting and accounting.

Value Line

Investment research tool covering 3500 stocks. Use with your 13-digit library card from home.