All Library locations will be closed Thursday, Nov 27, in celebration of Thanksgiving. We will re-open for regular hours on Friday, Nov. 28. Looking for something to read, watch, or listen to? Explore our download and streaming resources and share with friends.
For those of you who missed it, Startup Weekend was amazing, with 90 or so entrepreneurial folks getting down to business for 72 fast paced hours! They pitched, they formed teams, they planned, they researched, they met with business coaches, they pivoted, they pitched again…all the while eating great food, drinking copious amounts of coffee, networking and having as much fun as possible while totally focused on creating a minimum viable product in just a weekend with a team you’ve only just met!
For those thinking of starting a business, learn how the Portland Public Library can help you! First stop would be to take a look at PPL’s new website, specifically the ‘business topic’ page. To learn more about how to utilize the resources you find here check out this Prezi: Business Reference @ Portland Public Library. Last, don’t forget that in addition to our awesome online resources we still have plenty of books here at PPL, see our list of suggested booksfor startups.
Sign up for these free webinars that will help you get the most out of ReferenceUSA! Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.
Search Essentials: the basics of ReferenceUSA
Day/Date: Fridays (August, September)
Time: 12:00 pm (1 hour)
Designed for the patron new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques.
Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.
Start, Manage, Grow! Your Business using ReferenceUSA
Day/Date: Mondays (August, September)
Time: 4:00 pm (1 Hour)
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business.
• name Search for Business
• locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
• locate subject manager experts and professional services
• find investors, venture capitalists and angels
• network with other businesses in your area or in your industry
• develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities
• understand community demographics
• survey locations for expansion
• conduct competitive analysis
• plan delivery routes and service areas
• source new employees
ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data
Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays
Time: 3:00 pm (1 hour)
Ever wonder how marketers and advertisers ‘target’ specific messages to you? Find out how you access the same type of data for your neighborhood or city.
Anyone who is interested in understanding the purchase preferences of a community will find this data both interesting and informative.
Learn how to navigate this section of ReferenceUSA and then apply the data to your needs.
ReferenceUSA Mapping & Data Visualization
Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays
Time: 3:00pm (1 hour)
Data Visualization is the next BIG thing in data. Going beyond static lists of information, ReferenceUSA can help you ‘visualize’ data elements on a map.
Great for understanding how locations relate to each other or seeing densities within a specific area, the ReferenceUSA mapping tools give you a new and powerful way to better understand the landscape.
Learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage.
Library patrons have access to (from home or in the Library) thousands of legal forms with more forms: Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Stop by the Library and ask a librarian to show you how or check out this 3 minute video tutorial.
Where do the forms come from?
Forms available on Gale LegalForms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. “Official” forms for many states are also included.
What Forms are available?
The legal forms available on Gale LegalForms include business, personal, litigation and federal forms.
General Business Forms are forms, which may be used in all 50 states with little modification.
General Litigation Forms are various litigation forms covering many diverse causes of action. These forms are easily modified by Attorneys to apply in their state.
Maine Specific Forms are forms provided by Participating Attorneys, form companies, or forms specifically adapted to a particular state.
Federal Forms are business and litigation forms used in the Federal system.
Users should consult an attorney for serious legal matters.