Seek­ing small busi­ness tips? CCPL has you cov­ered

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By LAURA MET­ZLER

Spe­cial to the Whig

Data­base is a word li­brar­i­ans of­ten throw out there, but it’s not al­ways clear what we mean. I want to share a data­base that you will use, wish you knew about be­fore, and then use again and again. It’s called Ref­er­ence USA.

Ref­er­ence USA is easy to use and free to all Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary card­hold­ers, ac­ces­si­ble through our web­site www.ce­cil. ebranch.info, whether you are in the li­brary, on the go or at home. This busi­ness data­base car­ries a file for each busi­ness and the in­for­ma­tion is drawn from pub­lic records, such as num­ber of em­ploy­ees, sales vol­ume, year es­tab­lished, credit rat­ing, busi­ness lo­ca­tion, ex­ec­u­tive name, square footage of build­ing, hours of op­er­a­tion, com­pany news and amount spent on pay­roll.

If you are a job seeker and have landed that cov­eted in­ter­view, you can re­search the com­pany be­fore the in­ter­view us­ing Ref­er­ence USA. You could find valu­able in­for­ma­tion that may im­press an in­ter­viewer. Per­haps you are seek­ing a job in a cer­tain in­dus­try. For ex­am­ple, you could search for all HVAC con­trac­tors in Ce­cil County, and it would pull up a list of them and link each record to www.In­deed. com to tell you if they are hir­ing.

Are you an as­pir­ing busi­ness owner or cur­rent busi­ness owner? This re­source will prove valu­able there, too. You can look up your com­peti­tors and do searches by spe­cific geo­graphic ar­eas. You can see how many em­ploy­ees your com­peti­tor has hired this year and how its sales vol­ume has changed over the years. Per­haps you are look­ing for busi­ness col­lab­o­ra­tors. This data­base will al­low you to type in a spe­cific in­dus­try and geo­graphic area and voila — a list of busi­nesses match­ing your search cri­te­ria will ap­pear.

In con­junc­tion with this pow­er­ful re­source, we also of­fer per­son­al­ized one-on-one as­sis­tance with your searches. Please call our Small Busi­ness In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter at 410-996-5600 ext. 128 to make an ap­point­ment. The li­brary is here to help you succeed!

Laura Met­zler works in the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary Small Busi­ness In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

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