Resources for the Entrepreneur

Online Services

SizeUp -- Are you taking the time to review your place in the market or how a new venture might fare? 

SizeUp is big data for small businesses that gives you information and market research, so you can focus your efforts. Our economic development partners at Evergy are now providing access to this online tool for free. You can use it to analyze competitive benchmarks, find customers, suppliers, competitors and where to target your message. Not sure where to start? Check out the tutorial videos on the page. 

Resources at your Local Library

AtoZdatabases - A collection of databases compiled from telephone connects, Secretary of State filings, national directory assistance data, annual reports, SEC filing, corporate registers, public records, yellow and white page directories and specialty business directories. Combined, this data can give you a comprehensive profile of businesses, including credit and background checks. To get started, simply login with your 13 digit library card number.

Next Catalog (accessible for patrons of Paola and Osawatomie Free Libraries) - Libraries from across the state have combined their resources so Kansans can access a wide variety of ebooks, online magainzes, audiobooks, music, television, softwares and more. 

Kansas State Library Card - A state library card opens many doors for those who possess it. Not only do you get access to the collections of every library in Kansas, you also get access to SAT/ACT and GED prep, small business and entrepreneur resources, research databases and a free hotline where reference librarians can assist you with any incoming or current legislation in addition to document requests. If you do not have a Kansas State Library Card, visit your local library to have them make you one.

3D Printer - Louisburg and Paola Free Libraries all possess a 3D printer that patrons can use.