Business Resources

Business Collections
Providence Public Library has been offering specialized services to Rhode Island's business community since the early 1920s.

Patent Office
PPL is a patent depository library functioning as a satellite of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). We offer specialized research assistance and training on the use of the USPTO Web site and encourage those conducting patent and trademark research to contact and arrange a meeting with the Library's Business Services Librarian or the PPL Patent Clerk.

In addition, we have a complete microfilm file of U.S. Patents and registered trademarks including utility patents since 1790, plant patents on microfiche from 1931 and design patents on microfilm from 1970. Also available is the Official Gazette from 1872, the Annual Index to Patents from 1790 and a listing of attorneys and agents registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

ReferenceUSA / US Businesses (Ocean State Libraries or HELIN library card number required)
Comprehensive directory of business listings. This database of 14 millions U.S. businesses contains verified, accurate data and is updated monthly. This is the only business database enhanced with more than 20 million phone calls per year. Information includes: business name, executive name, business type, sales volume, employee size, year established, and more.

EBSCO Business Source Premier (Ocean State Libraries library card number required)
The industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.EBSCO

Regional Business News (Ocean State Libraries library card number required)
Search General, Academic and Business Periodicals, Newspapers and more

Providence Journal Archives (Ocean State Libraries library card number required)
Contains articles published in the Providence Journal since 1983, written by Providence Journal writers. News, sports, editorials, obituaries, wedding announcements, and legal notices are available.

Links to Business Resources

Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program
Chamber of Commerce Directory (U.S.)
Providence Business News
Stock Quotes-Yahoo Finance

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