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Investment Resources



This site thoroughly covers a variety of financial tools, news from many exchanges with details on stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, interest rates, futures, and options.


The Motley Fool

Founded in 1993, The Motley Fool has attracted a large and appreciative following for its frequently updated news, analyses and commentary.



Morningstar can help you make well-informed decisions about your investments, research stocks and mutual funds to get independent analysis as well as exclusive Morningstar ratings. Financial education for everyone from the beginner to the expert investor.  Limit of three users at one time.


Small Business Resources


White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

This federal government initiative provides business tools, resources and opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners. There are also programs specifically for minorities and women-owned businesses.

Paycheck Protection Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of Jan. 11, for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Jan. 11 and Second Draw PPP Loans on Jan. 13.


Grow With Google 

Google hosts many free virtual workshops offering ways to improve your skills, career or business.  


Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant 

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority will award a total of $70 million in federal CARES Act funding to small businesses. Any business or nonprofit located in New Jersey, including home-based businesses, with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) is eligible to receive grant funding during Phase 3. 

Social Explorer

Social Explorer is a powerful tool to access and work with current and historic demographic data. Use Social Explorer to visually explore demographic information, from census and economic data to election and religion data, and more. Users can visually explore change over time and understand the patterns behind the raw numbers.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration’s resources for starting, financing, and managing a small business. Includes links to local resources and timely information for your small business.


SBA Resources Specific to COVID-19


Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide

A guide compiled by the office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker. The guide includes resources for small businesses as well as for homeowners, at-risk persons, veterans and others.  


Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce            

The USCC’s Guide to COVID-19 emergency assistance for small businesses.

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce

The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce offers business networking and mentoring opportunities during the coronavirus epidemic.

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

A statewide membership-based organization providing opportunities to form key partnerships in the business community. Check out their programs and their guide to COVID-19 assistance.

Small Business Development Centers

America’s Small Business Development Centers are located throughout New Jersey and provide information, one-on-one assistance, training and other tools for start-ups and existing small businesses.


MindTools has a lot of useful information on how to focus career skills. Emphasizing soft skills and decision making, the program offers tests, tool kits and training to improve your work in this area.



SCORE is the nation’s largest network of expert business mentors with more than 10,000 volunteers and 300 chapters. Since 1964 SCORE has helped many businesses with mentoring, workshops and educational resources.

During the pandemic, mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video. 


Jersey City COVID-19 financial relief grant  

Grants are available for commercial entities, approved or waiting for approval by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, negatively impacted by COVID-19.


A useful, although not entirely free, news site with resources to help you run your small business.

Business Planning & Financial Statements Templates 

Download SCORE’s easy-to-use business planning, finance, sales, marketing and management templates to help you plan for a new business startup or grow your existing business. 


Main Street Lending Program 

The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program
The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey's Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program has a simple mission: to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate business education and mentorship services for free to Hispanic small business owners.



Entrepreneurial Resources

Kauffman Entrepreneurs 

Designed for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship.

10,000 Small Businesses 

Goldman Sachs provides entrepreneurs withpractical business education program, access to capital and business support services.


Press Reader offers U.S. business publications including Editor and Publisher and Franchising USA, as well as non-domestic business newspapers and magazines.

Top Small Business Blogs

A list of top 100 small business blogs as described by Blogmetrics. Their site, blogRank, collects data on thousands of your favorite blogs, evaluates them against common metrics and ranks them using a unique formula. 



Jersey City Free Public Library Digital Services



Full text of 1,100 business magazines and newspapers with Business Source and Regional Business News.  A variety of research tools such as Small Business Reference Center or Legal Information Reference Center are also available. 



This database includes listings of 54 million U.S. and Canadian businesses with separate search modules for health care providers, new businesses.  Perform detailed consumer research with faceted White Pages searching and directories of new movers and new homeowners.



Lynda offers video courses on data analysis, project management, sales, productivity, leadership and software with practice files and bookmarking.


Newspapers and Magazines


Keyword searchable access to the Jersey Journal and Star-Ledger.


Press Reader

Press Reader offers non-domestic business newspapers and magazines.



Access business journals including Forbes and Entrepreneur hassle free with your your library card using this app.