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Sammons Small Business Center

Workspaces, tools and information to start and grow your business:

  • Write your business plan
  • Research your competitors
  • Understand customer demographics
  • Find the best location for your business

Access our electronic resources on-site or remotely. Talk to a librarian to get a library card for complete access (214-670-1608, Email us).

Visit us at 5th Floor, 1515 Young St., Downtown Dallas in the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.


At the center you can:

1. Use a desktop computer to:

  • Do basic productivity work (Office 2010)
  • Write a business plan. Access and modify 2000 business plan templates (BusinessPlan Pro)
  • Get demographic and business data for customer research and leads (Demographics Now and Reference USA)
  • Create a marketing plan and learn about social media strategy (Marketing and Sales Pro)
  • Download legal forms (Gale Legal Forms)
  • Get industry and investing reports (Standard& Poor’s netAdvantage)

2. Access resources to learn business skills and keep up with industry and customer trends:

  • A thousand small business books and hundreds of electronic titles (library card required.)
  • Magazines such as:
    • Black Enterprise
    • Bloomberg Business Week
    • The Book of Lists [also online]
    • Daily Commercial Record
    • Dallas Business Journal  [also online]
    • Entrepreneur
    • Family Business
    • Fast Company
    • Forth Worth Business Press
    • Franchise Times
    • Hispanic Network Magazine
    • Home Business
    • Inc.
    • Market Watch
    • Minority Business Entrepreneur
    • Small Business Opportunities

Ask a business librarian for help locating and using resources.

3. Use our open work areas:

  • Work alone or with a team (small conference table, solo and team desks)
  • Wi-fi and power outlets keep you connected and charged up
  • Flat bed scanner for uploading documents to cloud storage, USB, or export with a QR code.

4. Attend a workshop or class:

Some of our topics have included starting a food business, Etsy training, crowdfunding, and patents and trademarks.

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