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Legal Assistance Programs for Independent Inventors


Databases (Library card is required to access the databases outside the library.)

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Profiles important Americans from colonial times to the present. Provides in-depth information on robber barons and their counterparts as well as current visionaries such as Bill Gates, and biographies from financier Warren Buffet to music mogul Jay-Z.
  • General OneFile (Gale)
    Full-text articles from magazines, journal and scholarly publications about all aspects of intellectual property.
  • Legal Information Reference Center
    Consumer legal reference books from NOLO Press on all aspects of starting and running a business including printable legal forms by state.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Information on over 10 million US businesses. A good resource for compiling and downloading lists of businesses based on a variety of criteria. 
  • Small Business Reference Center
    Provides up-to-date information on starting, operating and managing a business including an informative Small Business Start-Up Kit.

Patent and Trademark Searching

Loans, Grants & Funding

  • U. S. Small Business Administration provides information on various loans and grants including a loans/grants search feature.

Web Resources

  • Edward Lowe Foundation offers forward-thinking ideas and solutions for every aspect of running a business. Their mission is to lead entrepreneurs through the trial and error process that today's hottest entrepreneurs have already overcome.
  • An information resource for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship.
  • NASE (National Association for the Self Employed): The Nation’s Leading Resource for Entrepreneurs.
  • Startup Digest: The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup around the world.
  • Up Global: A non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities.
  • U.S. Census Bureau Business & Industry (This page will be transitioning to the new Business and Economy topic page in February 2019.)