Keys to Starting Your Own Business

How to use this guide


Welcome to the Lake Forest Library "Keys to Starting Your Own Business" resource guide!

Collected within are links to resources, information for beginners, videos, book lists, and contact information for business and government authorities. 

On the left side of each page is a table of contents. Jump from section to section by clicking on a new topic. To find a book or magazine in the library catalog, simply click on the book or magazine cover. 


Lake Forest Library Business Collection


Business Books

The Business Collection Room at Lake Forest Library houses books on:

  • Finance and Economics (Dewey Call Numbers 330–339)
  • Business and Management (650–659)


Also included with the Business Collection is an array of reference books, including:

  • Annual dividends and stock reports
  • Encyclopedias of careers
  • Business directories
  • A tax guide


Where is the Business Room? When facing the Circulation Desk in the Rotunda, turn right to enter the Reference Room, and the Business Room is in the back right corner.

Business Magazines

  • Money Magazine cover


  • Ad Age magazine cover

    Ad age

  • Kiplinger's personal finance magazine cover


    Personal Finance
  • Worth magazine cover


  • Fortune magazine cover


  • fast company magazine cover

    Fast company

  • Inc. Magazine cover


  • Businessweek cover


  • Entrepreneur magazine cover


  • Forbes Magazine Cover



Online Resources

The Library also offers an array of online resources including:

  • Digital magazine subscriptions through RB Digital
  • The Library’s eBook and digital audiobook collections available through Libby and Cloud Library
  • Financial databases such as S&P, Morningstar and Value Line
  • offers continuing education opportunities to spruce up your business, marketing, computer and sales skills


Don’t forget about the Business Directories ReferenceUSA and Sorkins. Also access newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as Lexis Nexis for legal information.

To see the full list, visit the "Business and Investing" section under "Research and Learn."