Business

Boost your business

Start up or scale up

Whether you are just starting out, or scaling up your small business, Gold Coast Libraries can help you access a suite of resources, and access to FREE events to help you give your business the boost it needs to succeed:

  • research support
  • planning tools
  • online learning tutorials
  • business reads
  • workshops and events.

Become a member and find the information and support you need, with free access to business planning tools and databases for research and reports. Attend a free workshop, find books for learning and inspiration or develop your business skills and knowledge with online tutorials. We'll help you discover how Gold Coast Libraries can help you reach your business goals.

Explore our Business events.

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Gold Coast Libraries Business eNewsletter: Subscribe to our eNewsletter to stay up to date with upcoming business workshops and events, the latest business reads, industry insights and more.
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Business reads

Whatever type of business project you're working on, Gold Coast Libraries can help by pointing you to the best sources of information and giving you access to our unique range of resources.

Business reads to order and collect

Browse our selection of business books to order and collect at your nearest library.

Business audiobooks to download and listen now

Download business audiobooks directly to your device to listen to anytime, anywhere via the BorrowBox or OverDrive apps.

Business reads to download and read now

Explore our dedicated digital business library new and classic business titles that can help you stay informed of trends, best practice, and boost your business skills!

Research & learning

Whatever type of business project you're working on, Gold Coast Libraries can help by pointing you to the best sources of information and giving you access to our unique range of resources.

Need research assistance?

  • Ask a librarian – if you need help with research to start, run or grow your business, we can help. Simply fill out the form and a librarian will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • State Library of Queensland 'Ask Us' – State Library of Queensland can also help answer your questions and offer research guidance.

See the online business and law resources in our eLibrary, including access to a wide range of information on topics such as:

  • business conditions
  • management techniques and corporate strategies
  • accounting
  • commercial law
  • e-business and economics
  • human resources and marketing.

Business planning

  • Gale Business: Plan Builder – a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimising a business or non-profit. Create your own account so you can set up your personal business profile complete with business, budget and marketing plans. View the video tutorial for more information.
  • The Australian Government provides business planning tools and templates to help you prepare for success.

Market research

Government business resources

  • Business Queensland – get access to information and services for starting and running your business through Business Queensland. Find tools and resources to help you get into business in Queensland.
  • Gold Coast Business – discover the services and programs available through the city that can support your business, investment or entrepreneurial journey.
  • Business.gov.au – services from across government to support your business, connecting you to information, grants, registrations and support to help your business succeed in Australia.
  • Australian Small Business Advisory Services - Digital Solutions – small businesses around Australia can access individual support to grow their digital capabilities through ASBAS Digital Solutions.
  • Small Business Skills Hub Queensland – free online training and learning opportunities for COVID-19 impacted small businesses.
  • City of Gold Coast – home based business information

Business training and tutorials

  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn – learn software, technology, creative and business skills online at your own pace. With tutorials covering entrepreneurship, business planning, marketing, web design and more, Lynda.com can help get you started. Please note: creating a Lynda.com profile is optional. Login via the website or download the Lynda.com app.

To use the Lynda.com app

  • Download the Lynda.com app and launch it.
  • Scroll down to the "Web Portal" section and type in "goldcoast.qld.gov.au" and press "Log in".
  • Enter your library card number and PIN.
  • Use the Lynda.com app to start achieving your personal and professional goals today!

What's on

Boost your business with access to workshops and events delivered by current industry experts, and get advice and inspiration from leading entrepreneur role models. Our 'Boost your Business' program will provide an opportunity to network with like-minded Gold Coasters and business leaders, and get access to essential skills that can help you step into your start-up or scale up your small business.

Upcoming virtual workshops

Good news – our business events are virtual! We have a packed program of virtual business workshops to continue to keep you informed and access advice and upskilling opportunities from current industry experts to help give your business a boost!

Check out the upcoming events below, and register to secure your free place. Once registered, you will be sent the link and instructions to access the webinar prior to the event.