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Business Resources

Roxbury Public Library offers library cards to all Roxbury residents and employees of Roxbury businesses.  Library cards are needed to access some of the online tools and resources. Click here to apply for a Library Card.

State of New Jersey Resources

Business.NJ.GOV: for entrepreneurs and business owners to start, operate and grow their businesses in NJ

Business.NJ.GOV Navigator: a step-by-step guide to start a business in NJ

Innovation Skills Accelerator - NJ Office of Innovation: The Innovation Skills Accelerator is a free, online program to train public entrepreneurs to use innovative methods, including design thinking, evidence-based decision making and collective intelligence, to solve public problems.

New Jersey Business Records Service: Provides access to the status and business address(es) of New Jersey registered business entities. Searchable by business name, principal name (officer/director, manager, etc.), registered agent or entity ID. Browsing is free, status reports incur a charge. Maintained by the NJ Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services.

New Jersey Small Business Development Centers: The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) delivers management consulting and training programs to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses as well as more advanced services to high-impact, growth-oriented businesses  NJSBDC Regional Offices

Online Business Plan Tools

SBA - Write a Business Plan: The Small Business Administration offers step-by-step assistance with writing business plans, including sample business plans. Their Build Your Business Plan tool allows you to write your own business plan (free registration is required).
SCORE - Business Plan Resources: SCORE is a nonprofit association helping small businesses. SCORE offers business plan templates, as well as webinars and additional resources on business planning. - Free Samples: Bplans offers over 500 example business plans. Sample business plans are organized by category so that you can choose the closest to your own business or industry.
Business Model Canvas - Strategyzer: A one page business plan template that you can use to describe, design, challenge, and pivot your business model.

Federal Government Resources

New Jersey Small Business Profile: The Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles are an annual analysis of each state’s small business activities. Each profile gathers the latest information from key federal data-gathering agencies to provide a snapshot of small business health and economic activity.
US Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA website provides many resources for small businesses including: a business start-up kit, financing and loan information, links to local assistance, and much more. - Small Business: This website allows users to search business resources from 24 U.S. government websites. It offers a wealth of information on all small business topics, including assistance and advice on business taxes, financing, importing/exporting, and government contracts. Local business resources can be searched by state or territory.
IRS - Starting a Business: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business, as well as information to assist in making basic business decisions.
US Census - Center for Economic Studies

US Census - Business Formation Statistics

Business Training and Mentorship Organizations

SCORE: The Service Corp of Retired Executives is a volunteer association sponsored by the SBA. They provide expert advice on any business management topic.
Women's Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation: The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship [WCEC] helps elevate women to business success through education, counseling, mentoring and entrepreneurial training.
Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED): CUEED’s economic development initiatives focus on assisting entrepreneurs to sustain and grow their businesses and thus create wealth within their communities.
UCEDC: UCEDC is a private non-profit Community Development Financial Institution that fosters economic growth. They provide financial and technical assistance to new and existing businesses with emphasis on benefiting under-served people and communities.
NJIT Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC): NJIT Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides free counseling in addition to training and technical resources to New Jersey-based businesses. They help businesses navigate the procurement process to better identify viable sourcing opportunities in the government and private sector marketplaces.
U.S. Export Assistance Centers: There are no USEACs located in New Jersey; the closest are in Philadelphia and New York. These centers provide advice to first-time exporters and also run the Export Working Capital Program which helps small businesses export.

NJ Business & Industry Associations

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey: Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is a network of businesses committed to improving and advancing the cause of free enterprise in the Garden State.
New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners: NJAWBO's primary objective is to support and encourage business ownership by women. Since 1978, NJAWBO has helped women achieve their business visions by providing them with the tools to develop and grow their enterprises.
New Jersey Business and Industry Association: NJBIA provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. They are the nation’s largest statewide employer association.
New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association: New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association provides support, education and advocacy for owners and operators of restaurants, lodging establishments, and entertainment destinations throughout the Garden State.
New Jersey Technology and Manufacturing Association: NJTMA creates programs and services that help their businesses grow and prosper as well as provide support and encouragement to the New Jersey manufacturing industry.

New Jersey Chambers of Commerce and Organizations of Economic Development 


New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce

New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce


Morris County Chamber of Commerce

Morris County Economic Development Corporation


Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce

Roxbury Economic Development Committee

Online Research/Learning Databases

LinkedIn Learning: Premier continuing education resource respected by employers worldwide.  There are over 14,000 courses in subjects ranging from Adobe Photoshop to UX Design.  Brush up or dive deep into Microsoft Excel, AutoCAD, InDesign, and more.  Learn Ruby on Rails, C++, WordPress, and even how to build apps for Android and iOS.  Courses on public speaking, time management, managing people, leadership, online marking, leadership, etc. Library card required.

Reference Solutions: Use this popular database to search for commercial and residential addresses and phone numbers, company information, employment and business opportunities, and job listings. Available searches include U.S. Businesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internships, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. Standard White Pages, Canadian Businesses and Canadian White Pages.  You can also use this link to login without a library card if you are within the State of New Jersey (authenticated by geolocation). Library card required.

EDGAR: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database provides free public access to corporate information, allowing you to quickly research a company’s financial information and operations by reviewing registration statements, prospectuses and periodic reports filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. You also can find information about recent corporate events reported on Form 8-K.


Industry and Market Research

Business Source Elite: The industry's most widely used business research database. Full text and citations for journals covering a variety of business disciplines, including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, management information systems, and operations management. Includes Regional Business News and Associated Press video content. Library card required. 

Small Business Reference Center: Browse available works by category, find industry information, learn business basics, and find start-up kit and business plans. Find eBooks from the popular NOLO series of self-help business, law, and tax books, including How to Write a Business Plan, Home Business Tax Deductions, Quick LLC, Trademark, Employer’s Legal Handbook, and Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes, and Records. Check out the Small Business Start Up Guide: New Jersey. Library card required.

Census Business Builder: Small Business: Small Business Edition is built primarily for small business owners who need key data for their business plan or to better understand their potential market. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time.

Demographic & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Data.Census.Gov: Find population, economic, housing, and geographic information and data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas. Includes data from the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and the decennial censuses. Published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

NJ GIS Open Data: This website provides access to many of New Jersey's spatial datasets, allowing users to search, query and download filtered or complete records for each dataset. Users can search by location, organization, or category. Categories include government boundaries, land use, transportation, utilities, and more.

Reference Solutions: Select U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, a database of over 296 million U.S. consumers. These records are continuously updated and processed against the USPS National Change of Address (NCOA) and Delivery Sequence File (DSF). Search by Name, Address, Median home value, Median home income, and more…   Find help using this resource