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Business Resource Center

Business Programs and Career Development Classes

Visit our Business, Finance and Career Programs page for more information.

Our Business Resource Center on the second floor offers access to our Business Collection and Business Reference Collection, a computer terminal dedicated to Business Resources, as well as a kiosk featuring newly published Business books, a rotating featured display on a business topic, and information about our partners and programs.

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Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center logo Novi Public Library is a Michigan SBDC Business Resource Center. We provide information about how to start and grow your business, a place to meet, computers & printers, business books, access to business databases and information about the various state and federal programs that offer assistance to business people.

Starting a Business in Michigan

PDF Icon SBDC's Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business

Free Online Resources

Access our subscription databases in the library or at home/office using your Novi Library card. Visit our Online Tools page to see the Business and Finance Databases listing.
 
Also check out our Recommended Business Websites page for free community resources and websites supporting small business, entrepreneurship, and corporate research, now including support for business and job seekers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

One-on-One Business Research Assistance

Did you know you can book a librarian to help you with our business databases? If you would like one-on-one business research assistance, please fill out this form and the Business Librarian will schedule an appointment with you promptly.

Novi Business Owner Library Card

Novi business owners can get a Novi Library card for their company. To sign up for a Novi Business Owner Card, fill out an application and send directly to Hillary Hentschel, the business librarian.

Black-Owned Business Resources

The Novi Public Library is dedicated to highlighting Black-owned businesses in the area. By supporting Black-owned companies, you're helping strengthen local Black economies which in turn, strengthens our community! You'll also contribute to the shrinking racial wealth gap, help foster more job creation for Black people, and so much more.

Minority-owned businesses, especially Black-owned businesses, have also been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. There are many ways to find and support Black-owned businesses.

Here are just a few:

  • Click here to view a growing list of local Black-owned businesses in the area. If you would like to submit a business to be added to this list, click here.
  • The Michigan Small Business Development Center hosted a Virtual Marketplace to showcase businesses of color in Michigan. You can find the list of featured businesses here.
  • The Shop Small Movement has a section of their website dedicated to supporting Black-owned businesses with resources for both businesses and shoppers, including a map of Black-owned businesses, which you can find here.   

Business Book Lists

Looking for your next good read? Let our staff provide personalized recommendations based on your interests. Click below to fill out the Reader's Advisory Form to receive your personalized list.

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 Corporate Histories
 Diversity Equity Inclusion
 Side Hustles and the Gig Economy