Author Archives: Business and Technology Specialist

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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What kinds of free resources are available in the Dallas area for local inventors?

No matter where inventors may be in the process of developing their invention, they often find they need information or assistance to: • protect the “intellectual property” of their invention idea • implement the business side of making their idea … Continue reading

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I’m thinking about starting a small business. What do you have that would help me?

We offer books, periodicals and databases of interest to business startups.  We are also beginning a free monthly series of programs related to starting and operating a small business.  Programs will include information on finding financing, writing business plans, small … Continue reading

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