Two new small business resources

We’ve just added two new Gale e-resources to our Mygateway business resources. Gale Small Business Builder This wonderful new resource provides a gradual, step-by-step introduction to business concepts and tools. It addresses questions from “Is entrepreneurship the right decision for me?” to “When will my company break even and begin to show a profit?” It covers multiple stages of the business development lifecycle. The intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

Gale Small Business Resource Centre is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. An an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages: plan, fund, start, and manage, all designed to fit your research needs at any point in your business’s development. A particularly useful feature is the Business Plans Handbook series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs. New plans are added monthly.

Business as almost normal -Wellington City Libraries

Kia ora koutou katoa
I thought it was time for an update to reassure business patrons that although our Central Library is closed, you still have access to an online collection of business e-books, and e-journals via our RB Digital link on our website (NZ Business & Management, the Economist, Fast Company, Idealog to name just a few. If you need access to training resources in lead generation, social media marketing, branding etc we subscribe to Lynda.com which has a wonderful collection of online e-training courses at which ever level you are at, absolutely free with your library card.

Read the Harvard Business Review fulltext online or research the latest thinking on business or artificial intelligence via our Business Source Complete on our Mygateway Business resources.

I will be doing a separate post on our two new business resources. So keep an eye out.

Research resources – how to access

Live in Wellington, and are still needing to do research but no longer have access to Unversity or Polytechnic online resources? Have a look at our Mygateway online resources. We have some fantastic resources available for FREE including Business Source Premier, Academic Source Elite and Proquest Research Library. If you are want to upskill further, have a look at Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a subscription service but FREE with your Wellington City Libraries membership.

If you need some assistance with a research project, or have a deadline to meet, we offer one hour’s free research per each separate topic. If your search skills are a bit rusty, we offer free training in the use of our online resources. Contact prosearch@wcc.govt.nz or ring Marilyn on 801 4059.

Fantastic new business resource -Lynda.com

Wellington City Libraries has subscribed to Lynda.com . Lynda.com has a wide range of tutorial video courses on a wide range of business topics such as :

Leadership
Social media marketing
Management
Business skills
Online marketing
Project management

Not only does Lynda.com have business courses, but it has courses on a large range of subjects such as IT, Marketing and Photography. This is an amazing resource and it is FREE for our library customers. Take a look, you won’t regret it. Already we have had a lot of very positive feedback. The courses can be viewed on desktop computers or mobile browsers.

The elephant that became a tiger

From the Cato Institute this is report looks at how with twenty years of economic reform India has risen to become a potential superpower and  has achieved dramatic growth recently.   However, it still has a long way to go, with the World Bank’s Doing Business report ranking India just 134th of 183 countries in how easy it is do business there.  Good governance is lacking, with corruption still running rife.

 

Thanks to docuticker

Librarians offer plenty in a social media world

This is a great article which shows how librarians are still relevant in the age of the internet. The Bivings Report: How Librarians offer plenty in a social media world was published today and discusses tagging and classifying (is there a difference), how to search better and to find less accessible information.  If you are a researcher or a business person – have a read.

Harvard Business Review at the library

The latest issue is now available to read online using your library card.  This month’s cover stories include:

  • The Execution Trap (why employees fail)
  • Empowered (how companies can use social media for innovation)
  • How hierarchy can hurt strategy execution
  • Stop the innovation wars (why companies shouldn’t resist innovation)

Interested? Enter your library card details here, and enjoy full access, courtesy of Wellington City Libraries.

Search engine marketing

The U.K.’s Internet Advertising Bureau  have produced a great resource which “contains best practice information for all basic and advanced search marketing techniques. Explanations of the key similarities between search engine policies are also included for trademarks, copyright, privacy, invalid clicks and intellectual property in campaigns”.  Some of the topics covered are campaign research, demographic targeting and bid management techniques.

Thanks to  Internet Resources Newsletter and Resourceshelf