I just came from a meeting of the local Chamber of Commerce's Business Development Committee and was surfing through my Google Reader blog feeds while catching my breath before heading off to a meeting about how to further develop PVLD's Zerunyan Center for Business, Entrepreneurship, and Community Development when I came across this post from the personal finance blog Wise Bread.
As a Library Director who is firmly committed to reaching out to and supporting local businesses I LOVED that Librarian was # 3 on the list:
Your local library is in the business of giving information (literally), and the head librarian is usually very well versed in all kinds of free resources for those wanting to know more about local regulations, tax law, continuing education, and networking opportunities. If you haven't visited your local branch in awhile, take a day to go in and introduce yourself. Let the librarian know who you are, what you do, and how you could benefit from the library's resources. Then let them do the talking. They will most likely share all of the perks available to you, including interlibrary loan programs, free information on funding and grants, and more!
And as Chair-elect of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce it was great to see Chambers of Commerce in the #4 slot, too.
In this economy small businesses need all the support they can get, and public libraries (and Chambers of Commerce) stand ready to help!