Books & Beyond
Small Business Resources

Congratulations!  You have decided to start your own business.  The Deschutes Public Library can help you with your new venture. The resources listed here include books and web sites that will help you get started in the planning process.

For additional materials click on the links for:

Industries & Statistics
Legal & Taxes
Planning & Financing

The Business Development Center at COCC can also assist with questions related to your small business.

2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-383-7290
Fax: 541-318-3751


Encyclopedia of Associations
(Reference 061.3 ENCYCLOPEDIA -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sunriver)
Locate non-profit membership associations connected with your business/industry in this comprehensive resource. Each entry includes the organization's complete name, address and phone number; founding date, purpose, activities and dues; national and international conferences; and more.

Library of Congress, Small Business
Offers links to a select group of web sites.

Extensive web directory for small business sites covering all topics.  Browse the directory topics or search for your area of interest.

Small Business Sourcebook
(Reference 658.022 SMALL -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond)
(Nonfiction 658.022 SMALL -- Bend)
Offers listings of online and print sources of information designed to facilitate the start-up, development and growth of specific small businesses, as well as similar listings for general small business topics.

Yahoo Small Business Directory
Small business resources from one of the largest web directories.  Includes links for thousands of business web sites, articles on small business topics, and web management tools for your business.


CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit
Comprehensive online handbook for starting and running a small business from CCH Tax and Accounting,  a leading provider of business, legal, and tax information and software.

Encyclopedia of Small Business
(Reference 658.022 HILLSTROM -- Bend)
Contains 600 detailed articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business owners, including financing; financial planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy; tax planning, human resource issues and more.

Entrepreneur’s Search Engine
Pulls together the best small business articles from the Internet and organizes them by topical area. 

How to Set Up Your Own Small Business
(Reference 658.022 FALLEK -- Bend)
Provides basic guidance for those contemplating starting a small business.  Topics covered include: market research, financing, business law, advertising, bookkeeping, franchising, and accounting.

Small Business Administration, Publications
Online access to hundreds of publications from the United States Small Business Administration.  The Small Business Management Series section is organized by stage of business - those thinking about going into business, first-year, early stage (1-5 years), and those looking to expand.

Small Time Operator
(Reference 658.022 KAMOROFF -- Bend)
(Nonfiction 658.022 KAMOROFF -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond)
This easy to read handbook covers the basics such as business location, financing, legal structures, licenses and permits, business plans, bookkeeping, taxes and intellectual property.

Ultimate Home-Based Business Handbook
(Reference 658.041 STEPHENSON -- Bend, Redmond)
(Nonfiction 658.041 STEPHENSON - Bend)
From the publisher's of Entrepreneur Magazine, this handbook provides comprehensive, detailed information on every stage of business creation. 

General Web Links
Managed by the Small Business Administration, this site brings together the more than 40 different Federal agencies that assist or regulate businesses.  This one-stop link covers topics ranging from how-to guides to expanding and financing a business to all types of forms.

Counselors to America’s Small Business
From SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives - this site provides free e-mail counseling for entrepreneurs.

National Association for the Self-Employed
Representing hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, this large non-profit, non-partisan association provides a broad range of benefits and support to help even the smallest businesses succeed.

Small Business Administration
This is the official starting point (and a must-see site for all small business owners) for the resources and programs offered by the United States Small Business Administration.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Center
Focuses on national small business issues at the federal government level.  See their small business toolkits for the answers you need to run your business.


Magazines and newspapers offer current information on a variety of small business topics. The following titles are available in the Deschutes Public Library. Hundreds of additional titles are available in electronic format from the online resource Magazines Online – Business Source Premier.

Business Week
Cascade Business News
Economic Indicators
Monthly Labor Review
Office Solutions
Oregon Business
Survey of Current Business

Local/Regional Resources

Book of Lists
(Reference 338.7 CENTRAL -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver)
Published by Cascade Business News, this publication provides lists of businesses by category.  Includes brief company information.

Chambers of Commerce -- BendLa Pine, Redmond, Sisters, and Sunriver.

COCC Small Business Development Center
Provides assistance to business start-ups and the expansion of existing firms in Central Oregon.  They can assist with business and marketing plans, plus provide management counseling, workshops, and seminars. 

Doing Business in Oregon
(Reference and Nonfiction 658.022 DOING -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver)
Available in print and online, this publication is a "first stop" guide to state and local resources for anyone considering starting, expanding, or relocating a business in Oregon.

How to Start a Business in Oregon
(Reference 658.11 HOW -- Bend)
(Nonfiction 658.11 HOW -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond)
Covers all aspects of starting your own business and ties it to information specific to Oregon.

Oregon Business Guide
(Reference and Nonfiction 658.022 OREGON -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver)
This guide offers a checklist for the basic considerations and requirements for starting a business in Oregon.  Also available online in both English and Spanish.

Oregon Innovation Center
A non-profit organization that fosters and promotes innovative companies in starting and expanding their business.

Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division
If you are interested in doing business in Oregon or need business licensing information, this is the site for you..

SBA, Portland Newsletter
Register for free e-mail newsletters from the Small Business Administration.

SBA, Portland Office
Access to the Portland office of the Small Business Administration.

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Last modified on Friday, March 08, 2013