Business & Non-Profit Services at the Library

  • Small Business Center at Alamance Community College

    Small Business Center from Alamance Community College

    Small businesses need nurture and support in order to grow and to increase profitability. At our Small Business Center, business owners can access a variety of resources and tools that are proven to help businesses prosper. We offer confidential counseling for your specific needs, a wide range of online learning options, and workshops designed to help small businesses succeed.

  • Entrepreneurial Learning Center

    Learning how to think like an entrepreneur can change your life.

    Whether you want to build a business, transform your organization, or reinvent your career, an entrepreneurial mindset provides a new perspective; one that will expose new opportunities, ignite your ambition and cultivate the confidence and the creativity, the self-reliance and the resourcefulness that are essential for anyone to adapt and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world.

  • Economic Development Partnership of NC

    Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

    Get answers to questions about business licensing and permitting, legal structures, forms, tax requirements, financing resources, hiring employees, and more.

    Toll Free: (800) 228-8443

    Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Se Habla Español

  • Alamance Chamber of Commerce

    Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce

    The Alamance Chamber works hard to enhance the welfare of Alamance County business as well as promote and stimulate economic vitality for our members and the community.

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Business Resources

Local & State Resources

Investing Resources

National Resources

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Managing a Non-Profit Board

As the governing body of a nonprofit, the board of directors or board of trustees fulfills a variety of roles and responsibilities. Among its many duties, the board:

  • Oversees the financial operations of the organization
  • Maintains the legal and ethical standing of the organization and its staff
  • Provides leadership and strategic direction for the organization
  • Serves as guardian of the public trust
  • Ensures that an organization remains accountable to its donors and to the general publi

In order to carry out these duties effectively, the board will often need to expand as an organization grows and matures. While recruitment is one important step in this process, a broad, systematic approach to board development, including orientation, training, evaluation, and the cultivation of prospective board members, is critical to ensuring the long-term success of any board.

To learn more about developing nonprofit boards, the Foundation Center offers the following:

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Starting a Non-Profit

How to Start a Non-Profit in North Carolina

One of the most common questions we hear is “How do I start my own nonprofit?” By following the steps here, we hope that many of your questions will be answered. These resources are certainly no substitute for legal advice from an attorney familiar with the law of tax-exempt organizations in North Carolina. 

While we offer the resources here for informational purposes, we highly recommend also consulting with legal counsel to ensure that you are in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations governing the establishment and operations of a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

Here is a link to more information on starting a North Carolina nonprofit, as well as a guide provided by the NC Center for Non-Profits:

Mentors & Advice

Where Alamance County non-profits can receive guidance about start-ups and funding:

Small Business Center – Alamance Community College – Provides counseling for both for-profit and non-profit start-ups.  Free one-on-one counseling and advice.  There are lots of free classes on topics such as start-ups, marketing, and more.

North Carolina Center for Non-Profits – A private, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, an information center on effective organizational practices, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Government & Association Help, Advice and Training

Online Resources

* You will need your library card for these resources *

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

* Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA) – helps users of all kinds search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.

* MasterFILE Premier – General reference magazines and publications covering a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues. Includes peer reviewed publications. Includes many complete articles from more than 1500 periodicals from 1990 to present

* ProQuest Research Library – General reference database from business and political science to literature and psychology scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and daily news content, accessible to readers and researchers at every level.

Accounting, Tax, & Banking Collection from NC Live

* Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection – Journal articles, reference reports, proceedings, and dissertations covering current news and topics as well as the trends and history influencing important accounting and tax issues.

* Asian & European Business Collection – This database provides information pertinent to the study of business and finance topics across Asia and Europe, including academic journals, newspapers, newswires, and magazines. Find information on companies, economies, markets, international trade, and overall business conditions and practices throughout these regions.

* Political Science Database – Political science and international relations journals, dissertations and working papers on topics such as comparative politics, political economy, international development, and environmental policy. Data, tools, and resources for research, web and mobile applications, and data visualizations.

NAICS search Find the North American Industry Code for industry-level data.

Small Business Administration Resources for starting, financing, and managing a small business

ThomasNet Directory of manufacturers. A librarian can provide a login for use in the library.

Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition 3.2.0 – Determine the best location for your business using Census data.

Economic & Statistical Information

Statistical Abstract of the United States from NC Live

* Statistical Abstract of the United States – An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

State Data Center

* State Data Center – The site includes population, economic, and income data as well as county profiles and rankings.

Morningstar Investment Research Center from NC Live

* Morningstar Investment Research Center – Includes research and independent opinions on thousands of mutual funds, stocks, and hundreds of ETFs.

Value Line Online

* Value Line Online – available on library computers only, 3 users at any one time. Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily.

News Resources

* Wall Street Journal – Full articles from the Wall Street Journal (1981-current). Includes many complete articles from 1984 to present.

* Global Breaking Newswires – provides timely access to newswire content from around the globe as well as growing archive of news.

* New York Times – Full articles from the New York Times (1980-current).

* US Newsstream – News content from many national and international newspapers, newswires and selected news magazines.