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Increase your knowledge and skills in finance and investing, and find local small business resources. 

COVID-19 Business and Finance Information Portals

WWU Small Business Development Center – Identify and understand new financial tools and resources made available by local, state, and federal agencies, including local lenders. Web based small business consulting is available, and access to informative webinars. Set up an appointment by completing a client profile

Port of Bellingham COVID-19 Economic Impact and Resources – Reports on local economy. Comprehensive list of links to local, state, and federal resources, and local organizations. See their Whatcom Restart Business Assistance Grant

Washington State Department of Commerce – Crisis Planning Tools and Resources – Comprehensive list of resources available to small business owners

Washington State Department of Financial Institutions – Coronavirus Resources and Assistance – Collection of links to financial resources for Washington residents

Washington State Library – Economic impact resources for workers and businesses during COVID-19 – Annotated list of all types of COVID-19 relief and information for workers, families, and businesses.

Gale Business Insights: Global
Compare global economies, countries, and industries with in-depth analysis on over 400,000 companies.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more.

Gale OneFile: Business
Understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications. Updated daily.

Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory
Discover content useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, and more.

Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship
Analyze business insights, tips, strategies, and success stories. Updated daily. Best for business schools and entrepreneurs.

Gale OneFile: Insurance and Liability
Discover information about physical and intellectual asset protection, from individuals to multinational corporations.

Gale OneFile: Leadership and Management
Search authoritative periodical content covering topics like organizational dynamics, adult learning, and more. Updated daily.

Reference Solutions
Business and residential contact information for over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses, organizations, agencies and over 267 million consumers.  Pick one of the databases in the directory, and then use the “Custom Search” options to modify your searches.

Value Line
Investment-related data, news, and analysis for stocks and mutual funds. Investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies.

Annual Credit Reports
Free annual credit reports accessible through this website.

BigCharts
Owned by Dow Jones and Company, this is a comprehensive investment research website. Includes historical securities performance.

Morningstar
Mutual funds and stock information and ratings.

Mymoney.gov
Government guidance on how to find financial security.

U.S. Small Business Administration
An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy.

Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP)
Provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

Are you an entrepreneur? The library has outlined resources in Bellingham and Whatcom County that offer assistance to small business owners. Download or print our Small Business Resource Guide.

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