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Jobs, Business, Money, Law

Build skills for job-seeking, careers and small business development.

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Online resources for employment

CustomGuide Interactive Training

Available only in a library. Interactive, guided tutorials including computer basics and operating systems and software from Microsoft and Mac.

Job and Career Accelerator

Resources and guidance for career exploration and job searching, including current job listings, tips for job interviews and guides for creating professional resumes and cover letters.

JobNow

Live interview coaching, online resume and cover letter assistance. Offers practice tests, online writing lab, and skill building tools in math, reading, writing.

LearningExpress Library

Resources for basic computer and academic skill building, job preparation, and career advancement. Includes interactive tutorials, online books, and test preparation tools for GED, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and military and occupational exams.

Lynda.com

Top-quality video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. Lessons are for all skill levels and include a wide variety of topic areas including business skills and software, web design and development, music, photo, and video editing, and 3D design and animation.

MCIS (Minnesota Career Information System)

Available only in a library. Comprehensive career, education, and industry information specific to Minnesota. Provides résumé creator and other tools and guidance for career planning and job searching, and information for planning and funding education.

OptimalResume

Resume and cover letter creation. Includes job search tools such as practice interviews and skills assessment.

TypingMaster Online

Self-paced online typing course with drills, speed tests, and games.

Online resources for business

Business management

Business management

Human Resources Compliance Library

Available only in a library. Addresses changing HR practices and federal and state laws.

Regional Business News

Full-text coverage for regional business publications covering metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S. Coverage varies, typically from mid 2000's, some older.

Small Business Resource Center

Full-text articles on starting and running a business, including planning, operations, marketing, financing, accounting, and taxes.

Company research

Company research

ABI/INFORM Complete

Company profiles, annual reports, full-text articles, and industry and market research reports.

Associations Unlimited

Local, national, and international nonprofit membership organizations and professional societies. Includes contact information, affiliations, and brief histories.

Business Insights: Global

In-depth profiles, articles, case studies, and reports on international companies and industries. Includes interactive charts for industry, country, and company comparisons.

Business Source Premier

Detailed company and industry profiles, country economic reports, and market research reports. Full-text articles going back to 1922.

Corporate Affiliations

Business profiles and corporate linkage ("who owns whom") for major public and private companies worldwide. Includes news, executives, shell companies, competitors, outside service firms, and financial information.

Gale Directory Library

Find wholesalers, distributors, tradeshows, scholarships, fellowships, loans, publishers, and brands and their companies.

Hoover's Company Records

Industry analyses as well as company locations, summary financials, top competitors, top officers and more.

Mergent Intellect

Replaces D&B Million Dollar Directory. Private and public U.S. and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, industry profiles, and more.  Also includes residential search, demographic reports, job search, First Research, and Key Business Ratios.

RedBooks

Profiles of domestic and international advertising agencies and advertisers. Indexes brand names and offers advertising industry data.

ReferenceUSA

Directories for Canadian businesses, and U.S. businesses and residences. Consumer/Lifestyles database offers market research.

Market and investment

Market and investment

Morningstar Investment Research Center

In-depth data and analysis on stocks, funds, and ETF's. Also offers portfolio guidance.

S&P NetAdvantage

Corporation records, executive and director biographies, news, commentary, and more. Covers the stock market, economy, equities, bonds, funds, and industries.

Value Line

Financial data reporting, analysis, and securities ranking systems. Access up to five years of technical history.

Patent and trademark resources

Patent events

Learn the basics of the patent process, how to research your big idea and protect your intellectual property.

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Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Hennepin County Library houses the only Patent and Trademark Resource Center in Minnesota. The center, located on the second floor of Minneapolis Central Library, provides access to a collection of reference materials and guides, as well as access to powerful search tools for researching patents and trademarks.

Expert staff offer programs and assistance on navigating patenting and trademarking processes. Resources and services are provided for both general interest as well as small business owners and inventors.

Patent search tools

Accessible only at Minneapolis Central Library, 2nd floor. Public access to search full-text patent and application databases for the U.S., and abstracts for Japanese and European patents. Both the Examiner's Automated Search Tool (PubEAST) and the Web-based Examiner's Search Tool (PubWEST) are available.

Video overview

A librarian interviews an inventor who used this collection to save time and money.

View the transcript of the "Patent and Trademark Collection" video.