UPDATE 3/24: DATE CHANGE: All Library locations are closed until Monday, April 27. As we receive new information, we will update you on our website and social media. Please hold onto all library materials as staff will not be in the building. There will be no overdue fees incurred during this time. See our COVID-19 information page for links to current health information. We encourage you to use our ebooks CloudLibrary or explore our many and varied eResources for all ages under the eLibrary tab. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email us at lending@portlib.org .
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Business

At PPL we understand that the key to successful business management, sustained growth and healthy profit margins are speedy access to the best resources! It is our goal to provide reference services and library resources to help Portland-area businesses succeed. PPL’s Business & Government Team manages our business resources, providing Library materials, online resources and programming on economics, business, government, demographics, law, politics, financial literacy, and career development.

Looking for answers to your business questions? Check out Business Answers

Start or grow your business in Maine

Please continue to check our Business and Government pages for the latest updates and helpful resources to help you through this difficult time.

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The 2020 Census questionnaire is quick, easy, safe, secure, & confidential. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities, and results from the census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress & your political representation at all levels of government.

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PPL’s Business & Government Librarian will show you how to find in-depth information to help you launch or grow your business.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) together with the Portland Public Library will host a series of information and outreach session at the Portland Public Library.

 

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American FactFinder: US Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of statistical information about the nation’s people, places, and economy, providing not only snapshots of the nation’s population size and growth, but also detailed portraits of the changing characteristics of our communities.

American FactFinder provides census and ACS (American Community Survey) data that can be downloaded in a tabular format and joined with Census Tiger line files so the data can be displayed in ArcMap.

This database is uniquely qualified to help teachers and students learn and apply statistics because it is a primary source of economic and demographic data for the U.S. and is uses the work of thousands of statistical experts.

Finance & Financial Literacy

Sometimes we all need help understanding money. PPL provides effective, unbiased financial and investor information through our print collections and online databases like Morningstar Investment Research Center and Value Line. PPL’s Value Line subscription also offers access to  The Small and Mid-Cap Survey. In collaboration with KeyBank, PPL also offers programs on financial topics throughout the year – with the highlight being Money Smart Week each April.

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Business Management

Find the information you need to run your business in today’s competitive market. PPL has resources to help you write business plans, utilize social media, lead effectively, increase sales, stay on top of record keeping, recruit and  retain the best talent, and much more!

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Law

Everyone has a right to know the law. We make it possible for the general public to learn about and use the law to solve problems, access justice and leverage opportunities.

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Up Next at the Library:
Apr30
Monthly Business Data Workshop12:00pm - 1:30pm
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May05
USCIS Immigration Outreach 202010:00am - 12:00pm
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May28
Monthly Business Data Workshop12:00pm - 1:30pm
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