Tucson and Pima County business owners in-the-know already use all of the great market research and competitive analysis tools that we have for them on the Business & Entrepreneurship page. They also know about the free business classes we host in the Idea+Space. However, business is often about who and what you know, so here are a few more ideas we've come up with to help strengthen and grow our local businesses.
- Download eBooks and eAudiobooks to increase your business acumen.
You can use OverDrive to check out downloadable books on various business topics, including: business, career, finance, management, marketing & sales, and nonprofit fundraising. The RBDigital service also has eAudiobooks on business and self-help topics. Download OverDrive's Libby app or the RBDigital app (iOS or Android) to make it easy to listen or read your books while you're on the go.
- Keep up-to-date with the local news using your library card.
You can read Tucson's newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star, in two different ways. The Image Collection allows you to view the paper as it appeared in print, ads and all, from May 30, 2018. If you just care about the articles, read the daily updates through NewsBank. The NewsBank service covers the Star all the way back to 1991.
CultureGrams' World Edition provides you with fast facts about every country's customs, greetings, and general attitudes. You can even download quick country reports as a primer before you get out your passport. Global Issues in Context helps you keep in touch with major cultural, social, and economic current events in countries across the world. These resources can help you avoid social gaffes while working with your clients or business partners.
Expanding your business internationally? Brush up on other cultures and customs.
- Learn another language without having to pay tutors.
Whether you're looking to enter a new market in another country or working with employees or partners who speak another language, you can take the first steps to becoming bilingual through the library's website. Pronunciator and PowerSpeak Languages are two online tools you can use. Together, they cover 80+ languages for you to explore and expand your business internationally.
Whatever your business need is, do not hesitate to reach out and let us know. We're always open to hearing new ideas about what we can do to support the growth of your business.