Author Archives: Business and Technology Specialist

I’m interested in auto repair and small engines. What does the library offer that can help me?

Our collection of dealer repair manuals and online databases is one of the highlights of the Business and Technology Division, located on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. We have an extensive collection of repair manuals … Continue reading

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I’m starting my own business. How can I find my target market and who my competitors are?

If you have industry research questions for your new or established business, consulting with the B.R.A.I.N. staff is a good place to start. The Dallas Business Resource And Information Network (B.R.A.I.N) is a partnership between Dallas’ Office of Economic Development … Continue reading

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I’m interested in self-employment or in starting a small business. What help can the Library offer to get me started?

The Dallas B.R.A.I.N. is a partnership between the Dallas Public Library and Dallas Economic Development to support entrepreneurship literacy and local business development. Our new website became live on September 28th.   By filling out the online intake form, you … Continue reading

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I’ve heard that Denton residents will soon vote on whether or not to ban “fracking” in the city. Does the library have any sources that consider both the pros and the cons of fracking?

On November 4, Denton voters will consider a ballot initiative which will ban hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracing” or “fracking”) within the city limits.  As reported in a recent Dallas Morning News article, voter approval of the measure would … Continue reading

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I’m in the planning phase for a small business I’m starting. I’m looking for demographic data to help me select a location, and to incorporate in the business plan I’m developing to present to potential investors. Does the library have access to a tool that can assist me?

The Dallas Public Library subscribes to DemographicsNow, a Gale database tool that can be used to generate detailed consumer, business and demographic reports down to the census tract block level, including the capability of comparing demographic characteristics of one geographic … Continue reading

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