Online Business Magazines

Did you know the library offers free online access to over 100 popular magazines, including business titles such as The Economist, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance?

To access:

Go to:

Click on Downloadables

Click on RBDigital and then create a free account using your library card.

Call us at 596-3505 with questions.

Living Wages

A living wage is pay that allows an individual or family to meet minimum standards of living. Of course, this varies tremendously depending on where you live.  MIT has developed an online calculator that estimates the cost of living in your community or region based on typical expenses.

The link below takes you to this calculator and provides much more information on how this was determined, typical expenses for that area, etc.

Financial Advice from Gurus

A recent article in USAToday by columnist Ken Fisher profiled seven departed legends whose views, in his opinion, should always remain at the top of your mind when you want advice about investing.  According to Fisher, if you have time for just one investing book, make it Benjamin Graham’s classic The Intelligent Investor.  This title is available at your Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Rounding out the list on his favorites:

  • Thomas Rowe Price
  • Phil Fisher
  • Jack Bogle
  • Gerald Loeb
  • Charles Ponzi–what not to do
  • John Neff

Business Plans

The September 13 issue of The Upstate Business Journal is the Finance Issue. It has numerous articles on starting a small business, and they all point out how important the business plan is.  This is what lenders will review when considering whether to finance a new business.

Your Spartanburg Public Libraries have books on creating business plans. Additionally, we have access to Small Business Reference Center, a database available to library users. To access this go to:

  • Learning Tools
  • All SC DISCUS Resources
  • Small Business Reference Center

The Small Business Administration–– has helpful resources too.  And consider contacting your local South Carolina Small Business Development Center– They have 21 locations around the state and provide counseling for small businesses.  The closest local center is:

Spartanburg Area SBDC
Spartanburg Community College
Tyger River Campus
1875 East Main Street, Suite#4
Duncan, SC 29334

iPhone Classes for Seniors

Most of the local colleges and universities offer short classes on a variety of topics for the community. One that caught our eye is:  iPhone for Tech Savvy Seniors through Lifelong Learning Wofford

Taught by a retired engineer and technology instructor, this hands-on class will teach participants how to effectively use their iPhones to be better connected with family and friends. This is an interactive class. Participants will need to bring their own iPhones. Topics include email, text messages, FaceTime, calendars, clocks, cameras, phone scams, emergency tools, apps, Wi-Fi, how to read and understand phone bills and more. This is an iPhones-only class.  Tuesdays 10:00-11:30

To find out more information about this class go to:

SBA Resource Day

Calling all start-ups! The SBA Small Business Resource Day has been designed for small business owners who want to connect with the counseling, capital, and contracting resources in the Federal Government. The workshop will cover the SBA’s counseling services (SBDC and SCORE), financing programs, and disaster loan programs.  Please call 596-6218 to register. 

Wednesday, August 21 9:00 am to noon in the Hoechst-Celanese room at the Headquarters Library, 151 S Church St, Spartanburg.