Small Business Owners

Need help to grow your business? You have access to computers, printing, online resources, and classes. You also can speak with staff who can connect you to business support at WorkSource in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties.

Tools in the Library

Access Wi-Fi (Daily 6 a.m. to midnight)

Computer use: Walkup and online reservations available
    If this is the first time you have reserved a computer with the Pharos reservation software, view the instructions here.


  • Scan to email or USB drive
  • Send Faxes
  • Make Copies*
  • Print*


Remote Printing is available for pick-up during library hours:

  • Visit
  • Enter your library card and PIN number
  • Click UPLOAD and select your document on your device
  • Repeat for multiple docs. Upload is good for 24-hours


*Patrons receive a $44 credit on their accounts at the start of each month for free printing. This is not a rolling balance; anything not used will disappear when accounts are reset for the next month.

Online Business Development Resources

Your library card is your portal to free online resources. Apply here to get a library card. Accessing the following websites directly (not using provided links below) your access might be denied, limited, or cost you money.


ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (ProQuest)
Including telecommunications, computing, transportation, construction, petrochemicals, and others.


Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports magazine website with buying guides, professional reviews, and user ratings.
(View Consumer Reports Tutorial here)


Enterprise for Equity
provides comprehensive business training programs, classes and workshops. Programs are free to veterans and their immediate families as well as all residents of Mason County. Thurston and Lewis County residents may qualify for reduced-cost tuition based on income.


Evergreen BizLink Resource Navigator
Locate nonprofit groups and resources that can support your small business. Evergreen BizLink is a supportive platform that connects entrepreneurs to a network of Washington State resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity. Enterprise for EquityServing multiple counties in SW Washington,


Gale Business Plans Handbooks
Business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.
(View Gale eBooks Tutorial here)


Gale LegalForms
Washington State legal forms including real estate contracts, wills, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant & many others.
(View Gale LegaForms Tutorial here)


Gale Business Insights: Global
Compare global economies, countries, and industries with in-depth analysis of over 400,000 companies.


Gale OneFile: Informe Academico
Una colección de revistas y revistas académicas en español y portugués de texto completo sobre América Latina. Busque temas como negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura y más. Full-text articles from Spanish-language magazines and journals.


Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how-to guides, and articles.


Gale Directory Library
Searchable ebook directories: "National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations" and the "Encylopedia of Associations"


Gale OneFile
Explore a range of topics broken down by subject for targeted results based on your interests. Subjects include marketing and advertising.


Global Road Warrior
175 country handbook for the International traveler, with a focus on business travel.

Grants from governments, commercial organizations, associations, & private foundations.


Legal Information Reference Center
Understanding business & corporations, patents, copyright, trademarks, and financial planning


MorningStar Investment Research Center 
Up-to-date investment news and reports for stocks and mutual funds. Easily print one-page PDF stock and fund reports.
(View MorningStar Tutorial here)


The NewsBank provides digital reproduction and/or text-only access to US news and local newspapers:


Get access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines. Find content from over 120 countries in 60 different languages. Read online or download. Save publications to read later, listen to content out loud, and instantly translate up to 19 different languages. Newspapers include up to 3 months of back coverage. (PressReader Help) (Press Reader Tutorial)


ProQuest Research Library
Scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines.


Reference USA (Reference Solutions by DataAxle)
Premiere source of business and residential information.
Ten databases: U.S. Businesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internship Postings, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, Canadian Businesses, and Canadian White Pages.
(View Reference USA Tutorial here)


Small Business Reference Center
Small businesses, common business types, and creating business plans. Including start-up kit and business plan modules.


Universal Class
Universal Class online learning courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge. There are over 500 courses that you can take at any time without waiting for sessions to start or end. Topics include Accounting, Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Web Development, and more. (Watch a Universal Class tutorial here)


Value Line On-line Investment Research
Stock analysis from Value Line. (View Value Line Tutorial)


Community Resources for Small Business


WorkSource is a partnership of state, local, and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington State.


PAC Mountain Logo



The PacMtn Business Solutions Team works regionally to guide businesses toward available resources.



Washington State Microenterprise Association
Careeronestop Business Center
Employment Security Department (ESD)

Department of Revenue Washington State (DOR)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Better Business Bureau©  (BBB)

Economic Development Councils (EDC) & Chambers of Commerce

The Thurston Economic Development Council has a business hotline with statewide information: 1.888.821.6652


WorkSource, PacMtn, TRL, and our community partners are equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay 711.