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Entrepreneurship: Research Tools

Spokane's Journal of Business

Come to the SCC Library to read this core business periodical for the Spokane region.

Also see the journal's website to keep up with what's current in area business news.


To find books, start by searching the Library Catalog (linked on the Library homepage)

Try a SUBJECT search on topics like:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small business - Management
  • New business enterprises - Canada
  • Business planning
  • Success in business
  • Venture capital
  • Business law
  • Incorporation
  • Trademarks

NOTE: Click WIN Borrow in the Library Catalog to find books located at partner libraries 

NOTE: Click Request Item to have books sent to SCC for you

Here is just a sample of the types of books available in the SCC Library:


Search our BUSINESS databases to find all types of information (articles, e-videos, ebooks, etc.).

  • Students must login to access databases from off campus.
  • Non-students must visit the library to use our databases.

Ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need.

ProQuest  Collection of articles and other information covering all subjects, not just business and entrepreneurship. Librarians can help you do an advanced search to find company profiles from the publisher Hoover's and industry profiles (like those from First Research).

Searching First Research industry profiles in ProQuest

Try adding the following to your search: pub("first research")

If you don't find an industry report you need, ask a librarian for help.

Demographics Now  Create customized demographic and market research profiles for your chosen location & population.

ReferenceUSA  Use this database to identify competitors & similar businesses, and possible customers to whom you may market your product/service. Choose any geographic area you want.

Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection  Content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines; provides well-rounded coverage of tourism, plus cultural and economic aspects of travel, leisure activities, and more

Academic Search Complete  Article database of 1000s of periodicals which cover all topics

Company & Industry Reports: ABI Inform

Use Library Databases, like ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry to get market and industry reports, like those from Business Monitor International (BMI). This database also contains Company, Country, and Commodity reports and numerous articles, newsletter, and other reports.

Market Research


(Ask for these at the Reference Desk) 

Journal of Business: Book of Lists (current year)

Contains data useful for identifying contacts, targeting sales leads, compiling mailing lists, viewing growth markets in our region, researching competitors

Journal of Business: Market Fact Book (current year)

Market research data from Spokane County and selected areas of Kootenai County.

Spokane Vitals (also online)

From Greater Spokane Incorporated lists 20 economic indicators including: business growth, education, annual wages and other quality of life measures

Other Libraries

Spokane Public Library has other Books and Databases, plus excellent research guides:

eBooks & eAudio

eBooks & e-audioBooks are available in library databases. These are books that you can read or listen to entirely online.

To access:

  1. From the Library Homepage
  2. select Library Databases then choose either:
  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) 
  • Audiobook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • OneClickdigital (audiobooks)

Students: access from off-campus requires login

Non-students: contact a librarian to enquire about access

You'll find 100s of business and entrepreneurship related ebooks & e-audiobooks