Resources for Starting a Business


Online resources


Brainfuse VetNow
Brainfuse VetNow is an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of veteran needs: whether it’s tackling a resume, navigating the VA system, or adjusting to a civilian career. VetNow services include expert coaching and self-study tools to empower users. Users may access live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches or Veteran Navigators.
Coursera is the global online learning platform that offers online courses and degrees from world-class universities and companies. You can take courses to acquire job-relevant skills and credentials from many different major businesses and organizations. SVPL users can sign up for 6 months of Coursera access. After registering, Coursera can be accessed directly at

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly
An online educational site that includes thousands of video-based courses in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Courses can be accessed at the library or from home. A valuable resource for anybody looking to land a job, move up in their career, excel in the position they have, or just explore an area of interest.
SCORE Small Business Resilience Hub
Free remote business mentoring, resilience training and a business resource portal full of information and financial support opportunities.

Where to look in the Library

Head for the nonfiction section, which is organized according to subject matter by the Dewey Decimal System – some Dewey numbers to look for:

158.1 for self-help and inspiration

330’s for economics

340’s for legal information

650’s for practical business information, e.g. on marketing or accounting

Also note, there may be useful information in other areas depending on the nature of the business, e.g. crafts in 745.5 or lawn care in 635.9.

Business Center

Visiting the Business Center

The Business Center is located in the conference room adjacent to the adult public computers inside the library.

Technology available in the Business Center includes a wide-format printer, and a computer loaded with the full Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Reader, Corel Photoshop Pro, and Aftershot Pro 3. To use the space and any of these items, a reservation is required.

Make a Reservation

In order to make a reservation, you must have a Simi Valley Public Library card. Reservations are currently limited to one half hour in length.

Click here to view space availability and make a reservation for the Business Center. 

When you arrive at the Library for your reservation, you will need to check in by showing your library card to a staff member at the Information Desk.


Color printing is available on 8½” x 11″ or 11″ x 17″ paper. Cost is $1.00 per side for 8½” x 11″ and $2.00 per side for 11″ x 17″, payment must be made by cash or check. No more than 50 sheets per business.

You might also want to visit

City of Simi Valley Economic Development/Business Assistance 

Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce

Ventura County SCORE 

Women’s Economic Ventures

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