Business Research and Finance Resources

At the Library, we have a variety of resources and events to assist businesses and entrepreneurs. Many of these can be found on our Business and Finance webpage, opens a new window, but there are several others worth mentioning. Below we've compiled an additional list of websites and resources that may be helpful. 

Have questions or need help navigating resources? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with our dedicated business librarian through our Book-a-Librarian form, opens a new window or by calling us at 330-744-8636.

Getting Started 

1st Stop Business (website) 

Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Gallery from SCORE (website) 

IRS for Small Businesses (website) 

Ohio Secretary of State-Business Services (website) 

Sites and Buildings Initiatives from JobsOhio (website) 

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce-Entrepreneurs, StartUps, and Small Business Resource Guide (website) 

Business Assistance: Organizations providing assistance to businesses starting up or moving to the area 

Toll Free 1.800.248.4040
Provides information on licenses and other requirements to operate a business in Ohio access to detailed information is provided on the website. 

City of Youngstown Department of Economic Development
City Hall, 4th Floor
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
Assists with businesses located in the city of Youngstown.

Mahoning Valley PTAC
(Procurement Technical Assistance Center)
Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation
4319 Belmont Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44505-1005
Fax 330.759.3686
Technical procurement assistance for doing business with the government. Administers a variety of loan programs for businesses in the Mahoning Valley. 

Ohio Secretary of State-Financial Opportunities in Ohio 

Small Business Administration
Cleveland District Office
1350 Euclid Avenue Suite 211
Cleveland, OH 44115

Valley Economic Development Partners  
(Formerly the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation)
4319 Belmont Ave
Youngstown, OH 44505
Offers loan programs and resources for area businesses. 

Williamson College of Business Administration Centers: 
Export Assistance Network
(International Trade Assistance Center)
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555
Offers specialized business counseling services for companies doing business overseas 

Ohio Small Business Development Center at YSU
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555

Business Associations 

Business Resource Network
141 Boardman Canfield Road
Youngstown, OH 44512
Assists businesses through a collaboration of resources.

Chapter Meetings

E.O. Premier Business Builders Chapter of BNI 

Valley Referrals Chapter of BNI 

Meeting Success Chapter of BNI 

Mahoning Valley Chapter of BNI 

Executive 408 Toastmasters Youngstown
621 Boardman Canfield Rd.
(Rt 224 by Los Gallos Restaurant)
Boardman, OH 44512-4707
Club meets on Monday evenings at 6:45 p.m. 

Mahoning Valley Leads Group

Meetup App 

Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Club 

Youngstown Kiwanis 

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber 

YWCA- Youngstown 

Other Groups

American Legion
Elks Club
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Fish and Game Club
Lake Milton, Western Reserve, Vienna
Golf Clubs
Knights of Columbus
Model Railroad Association
Rod and Gun Clubs:
Lowellville, Trumbull, Youngstown
Rotary Club

Business Incubators 

BRITE Energy Innovators
(formerly known as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center)
125 West Market
Warren, OH  44481-1058

Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator
907 Elm Street
Youngstown, OH  44505

Oakhill Collaborative
507 Oak Hill Ave.
Youngstown, OH  44503

Warren Business Incubator
418 Main Ave. SW, Suite 203
Warren, OH  44481
Provides support for early-stage and business startups in Warren. 

Youngstown Business Incubator
241 W. Federal Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44503

Youngstown Warren Inventors Club
Frank Naypaver
351 Florine Ave.
Leavittsburg, OH  44430

Local Banks 

Chase Bank 

Citizens Bank 

Farmers National Bank 

Fifth Third Bank 

First National Bank 

Home Savings 

Huntington National Bank 

Key Bank 

PNC Bank 

US Bank 


Local Credit Unions

Associated School Employees Credit Union 

Cardinal Credit Union 

Credit Union One 

DOY Federal Credit Union 

First Choice Federal Credit Union 

McDonald Community Federal Credit Union
Facebook page

Penn Star Federal Credit Union 

Seven Seventeen Credit Union 

Trumbull County Postal Employees Credit Union 

YHA South Unit Credit Union 

Valley Economic Development Partners 

Youngstown SCORE (website) 


Business Plans 

Business Planning Templates from SCORE (website) 

Business Plans Handbook – Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale) 

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Gale)   

Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO) 

LegalForms (Gale)   

Gale Business: Plan Builder(formerly Small Business Builder)  


Companies & Markets 

Alibaba (website) 

Gale Business Insights    

FDA Medical Device Database 

MacRAE’s Blue Book (website) 

Mergent Archives –Digitized Corporate Manual Collection 

Mergent Intellect    

QMed Medical Device Supplier Directory 

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) (Data Axle)  

TextileRN Database (website) 

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Member Directory 



Business Dynamics Statistics Explorer from (website) 

Gale Business: Insights   

Business Source Complete (EBSCO) 

Gale Business: DemographicsNow   

Peer City Tool – Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (website) 

S&P Global Net Advantage 

Traffic Counts-Mahoning & Trumbull Counties (website) 



LinkedIn Learning   

Universal Class 



AtoZ The World (World Trade Press) 

BusinessUSA (website) 


Books & News 

Business Book Summaries (EBSCO) 

Business Journal (website) 

eBook Business Collection (EBSCO) 

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship(formerly Small Business Resource Center) 

Gale Directory Library (Gale)   

Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship(formerly Small Business Collection) 

Regional Business News (EBSCO) 

Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO) 


Finance and Investment

FINRA BrokerCheck (website) 

FINRA BrokerCheck (website) 

Investment Advisor Search-SEC (website) 

MarketWatch (website) 

S&P Global Net Advantage  

Weiss Financial Ratings Series 

Yahoo Finance (website)