Square One

Square One Small Business Services has a team dedicated to helping you connect to MCPL’s free resources and grow your small business.

Business in the Cloud

Let Jason Crowley teach you how to do “Business in the Cloud,” from reducing costs to enabling better collaboration.

Business Resources

Every business venture requires research. Find information on your demographic, industry or competition using our collection of business databases.

Building a Solid Foundation for Opening a Restaurant

Learn the basics of opening a restaurant or how to sell your food product in stores from Xander Winkel at one of his upcoming programs.

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Square One

Start Up

Regardless of the type of business, to succeed Start Ups need to research their idea/industry, write a business plan, and learn about registration and licensing.

Main Street

Whether you have physical storefront, an on-line business or are self-employed, you probably have questions related marketing, human resources, operations or financing. Look here for information.

Entrepreneurial Community

If you’re looking for more information, connect with Kansas City’s other resource organizations that can provide support for your business.
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Business Specialists

For a 1-on-1 consultation, email Kelly

Kelly Head

Kelly Head, Business Librarian


Want a presentation? Email Morgan

Morgan Perry

Morgan Perry, Business Outreach Specialist


For help with our online business resources, email Erika or Hanna

Erika Massow

Erika Massow
Business Specialist


Hanna Taylor

Hanna Taylor
Business Specialist


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Free Resources

Mid-Continent offers print, digital and online resources that can help you start and develop your business and business skills. All you need is a library card.

Online Resources

Create reports, perform market analysis, and more.

Access articles, sample business plans and guides.

Search more than 13 million U.S. businesses.

Digital Books and Magazines

Read online the most recent issues and special publications.

Read hundreds of business books online.

Search hundreds of newspapers from over 400 cities.

Online Learning

Learn business, technology, and more in top-quality courses.

Take a wide range of interactive six-week courses.

Choose from 500 self-paced and instructor-led courses.

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About Square One

Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library supports local entrepreneurs through access to information, programs, and opportunity. Whether owning a business is a brand new dream, or your life’s work, MCPL is committed to helping you succeed. Our specialists will help you navigate the resources you need to compete in an ever-changing market. Square One Small Business Services and its programs are made possible through a generous grant by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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