SIBL: A Powerful Library Resource for Entrepreneurs

By Jesse Karasin

Are you are trying to start a new business or are already up and running? If so the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) in New York has something for you. The library holds weekly programs, annual startup events and has tons of resources to help you take your business venture to the next level. In this article I will speak about a couple of the phenomenal opportunities that SIBL has to offer. First all the research and information the SIBL offers, and secondly the New York StartUp Business plan Competition.

The SIBL has a plethora of information that small business owners and startup companies will find useful, like tools for benchmarking and tons of market data. Market data includes in-depth information about specific neighborhoods and mailing lists, giving you advanced analytics and enabling you position yourself in the best place to capitalize on your target market! The SIBL also holds educational classes on everything from how to create a PowerPoint to the use of a Bloomberg terminal. Some of this information can be accessed at home but to get the full scope of what the library has to offer make an appointment with a librarian. Some of these classes are tailored to NYC’s major industries like fashion, and SIBL brings in successful entrepreneurs in those fields to help point startups in the right direction. What’s that you say?  Too busy to attend the classes or set up an appointment with a librarian?  You can always check out the instructional videos SIBL posts on its website.

The SIBL also runs an annual business plan competition where the winners are awarded cash to fund their operations. This year’s Start Up event has just ended but the details of next year’s event will be posted on on October 12, 2012. Last year’s event was funded buy Citi Foundation and prizes were awarded from first to fifth place, with prize money ranging in value from $1,500 to $15,000.  Last year’s winners were Dwayne Samuel, R.N., Esq. and Jason Funes, JD, who presented Curatio HCS, a full-service home health care agency in the Bronx.  For more rules about the 2013 contest please visit

The city of New York has many programs giving entrepreneurs the resources they need to succeed in a challenging landscape.  The SIBL along with the SBDC are great ways to get start up advice or explore ways to expand your business. Meetings with these experienced professionals is a great way to get the information your business needs while avoided the high costs of business consultants. On top of this, programs like the business plan competition give small companies the startup capital and recognition needed to chase their dreams.

Helpful Links mentioned in this article:
Market Data:
SIBL Class Schedule:
Make an appointment with a SIBL Librarian:
SIBL Instructional Videos:
SIBL 2013 Business Plan Competition:

Jesse Kasarin
MBA Candidate
Field Fellow/Baruch SBDC