Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center
Small Business Reference Center

What is Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center is a great starting point for researching topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business.  It includes the full text and complete forms from the latest, up-to-date editions of Nolo Press books, written by lawyers for consumers and small business. Learn from the experts how to deal with contract and employee issues, minimize taxes, and avoid legal problems in the first place.

How Do I get Started?

  1. Have your library card ready (Don't have one? No problem! Check out our eCard registration page)

  2. Click on the "Go" button above

  3. Sign in with your library card if asked


  • You can click a topic to browse collections of different materials:

  • Business Areas (accounting, legal issues, marketing, operations)

  • Industry Information by Small Business Type

  • Business Basics

  • Start-Up Kit & Business Plans

  • Click a book cover to read up-to-date legal and business guidance and get printable business forms from Nolo Press books -- online versions of the same titles we have in the reference section of the library.

  • Click Search Videos to gain access to interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos.

  • Look under Start-Up Information and click Browse By State to zoom in directly to a California-specific start-up guide that includes addresses and contact information for local SBA offices, links to tax workshops, and links to license and permit information.

Available for use on 

Any computer, tablet or phone with internet and browser capabilities.  There is currently no app for this product. 

Need Help?

Contact us by emailphone or in person at any library branch.