Startups and Small Business

City, State, and Federal Resources

  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses from the City of Somerville. Access resources, information, and support for businesses affected by COVID-19. Get information about coaching for your affected business, or find helpful materials like social distancing posters, or guidelines for takeout and delivery foodservice in the documents library. Check the News Feed at the bottom of the page to stay up to date on reopening news and other issues. Sign up for business email alerts.
  • Assistance for Businesses from the City of Somerville. Somerville’s many businesses--from small retailers to experimental restaurants to innovative technology companies--play a big role in making our city a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. The Economic Development Department works with businesses of all sizes and types to support their growth and success in Somerville.
  • Doing Business in Somerville. From the City of Somerville Economic Development Department. Information about starting a business, finding a location, permits and licenses, networking and advocacy, business development and support, and financial assistance.
  • Somerville Chamber of Commerce. Founded in 1946, the Somerville Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary business association with 310+ members companies and organizations. 
  • Business Resources on Mass.govMassachusetts-focused information on business taxes, starting a business, licenses and permits, laws and regulations, and more.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn how to plan, launch, manage, and grow your business with free resources from the Federal government.

Online Learning & Events

Databases

  • Entrepreneurship from Gale Business. (Scroll down the list to select, and sign in with your library card). Resources in this database cover all aspects of starting and operating a business at any point in its development. Includes accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more.

Books

  • 100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job, by Chris Guillebeau, 2019. An ideabook featuring 100 startup stories of regular people launching successful side businesses that almost anyone can do: an urban tour guide, an artist inspired by maps, a travel site founder, an ice pop maker, a confetti photographer, a group of friends who sell hammocks to support local economies, and many more. 
  • Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do, by Carl J. Schramm, 2018. A thoughtful study of how businesses start, grow, and prosper. Schramm, a Syracuse University professor who ran the entrepreneurship-focused Kaufmann Foundation, debunks entrepreneurial myths and identifies actions for success, illustrated with case histories.
  • The Magic of Tiny Businessby Sharon Rowe, 2018. Available instantly on hoopla. Too many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose. We fantasize about starting our own business, yet we're warned against falling into debt, working eighty hours a week, and coping with the pressure to grow. Eco-Bags Products founder Sharon Rowe says there's another way: go tiny.
  • The Startup Checklist : 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-growth Business, by David S. Rose, 2016. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this guide provides concrete steps to get your new business off to a strong start. Discusses the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid critical missteps.

Magazines & Newspapers   Available in the library.

  • Banker & Tradesman ­­-- a weekly banking, commercial, industrial, and real estate newspaper for Massachusetts. It is a valued advertising vehicle, providing a one-of-a-kind outlet for companies to grow their brands. B&T collects development data and is a premier source of real estate and mortgage transactions in the region.
  • Barron's -- a  weekly newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company which covers US financial information, market developments, and relevant statistics. Each issue includes a summary of the previous week's market activity with news reports and analysis and outlook on the week to come. Barron's features an anual report of the Best Online Brokers featuring a ranking of top online trading brokerage firms. Dow Jones also publishes The Wall Street Journal, which is available in the library.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek -- an American weekly business magazine providing information about events in the business world. 
  • Boston Business Journal -- a weekly newspaper reporting local business and industry news, popular topics from around the nation, and the latest networking and marketing alerts. Through its journalism, marketing, and face-to-face events, the Business Journal offers many avenues for making connections that can lead to a competitive edge locally, regionally and nationally. The BBJ Book of Lists is a data gold mine of 3,000 executive & company names.
  • Economist -- a weekly magazine focusing on world events, politics and business, but also covers science, technology, books and the arts. The Economist supports free trade, globalization, free immigration, and cultural liberalism (such as supporting legal recognition for same-sex marriage or drug liberalization). Periodically, it publishes Technology Quarterly, a special section focusing on recent developments in science and technology.
  • Fortune -- a multinational business magazine founded by Henry Luce in 1929. The magazine competes with Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek in the national business magazine category and specializes in long, in-depth feature articles. The magazine regularly publishes ranked lists, such as the Fortune 500, Fortune's Most Powerful Women, and the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Internet Resources

This section is being updated.

Updated May 2020.