Are you an entrepreneur looking to start a business or need help with your current venture?

Ives Squared's Exchange is filled with resources to help patrons create or work on their passions and turn them into successful functioning businesses.

Let us help you!

The Exchange of Ives Squared has many resources and programs catered to entrepreneurs, specifically focusing on local change-makers in the New Haven area. We strive to offer the public the content they need when trying to start their ventures from the beginning idea stage to implementation and beyond. These include programs, databases, office hours, books, and more, all geared toward ensuring you can learn and work toward completing your business goals.

Have a business question? Email and a Business Librarian will get back to you shortly. Need more personalized help? Scroll down to book an appointment with our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, or see the bottom of the page to send a consultation with a Business Librarian.

Are you interested in our "Make to Sell" Cohort?


This project is made possible by the support of CTNext and the New Haven Innovation Collaborative.


“Make to Sell” is a new endeavor created to help individuals who have an idea for an online business turn that idea into a reality. Members of this cohort will use our onsite maker space to design merchandise, make prototypes, and create marketing materials, then build their businesses by taking coursework, participating in mentoring office hours, and accessing the free digital resources available at the library.

We will offer a series of nine classes over the course of the cohort. Incentives will be given to those who participate:

3 classes: $50 Gift Certificate for business cards
6 classes: 6 month subscription to Canva Pro
Successful online business launched: a $200 microgrant towards furthering your business.

Each participant will be assigned a personal “coach,” a member of the Ives Squared team (including the EIR and CIR), who will assist and cheerlead you throughout the process, helping to ensure benchmarks are met, making referrals for office hours and/ or mentoring with outside experts as needed, and working through any obstacles that might arise

Applications are due by end of day August 31st. The cohort will begin in Early October.


Digital Toolbox Resources For Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneur-focused business databases we have for free with your library card can help you in numerous ways—they include Mergent Intellect, Statista, (LinkedIn Learning, SEMrush, Gale Business Plan Builder, and more!

Check out our three featured resources for this month, all a part of the Digital Toolbox offered by NHFPL through Ives Squared -- they are Mergent Intellect, Gale Business Plan Builder, and SEMrush. To see the rest of our Digital Toolbox database offerings, just click below!

Mergent Intellect

A directory database that includes business addresses globally.

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Gale Business Plan Builder

Enables users to produce complete business plans and other docs.

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Solutions for SEO, content, social media, and competitive research.

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"All the services provided by NHFPL are needed and valued by the community. The efforts to keep and sustain what is provided through NHFPL are most appreciated and cannot go unnoticed. Thank you for what you do!!”


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Kimkelly Myers

Business Librarian Consult, January 2021

My experience at Ives Squared has been one of connections. As a connector myself, this is something I truly appreciate."


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Barb Nangle Known Coworking

Ives Squared Patron & Speaker, March 2021

Not sure where to start?
Ask a Business Librarian!

We know starting a business can be intimidating. Everything the Ives Squared Exchange offers is meant to help those looking to take on this task, and to foster a strong network of small businesses and leaders in the New Haven community. We are here for you no matter your question, feel free to fill out the consultation form below, and a Business Librarian will answer soon.

The Ives Squared Exchange works with many community partners to expand our reach and offerings to entrepreneurs of all types and in all stages, including with SCORE, CTNext, KNOWN, the WBDC, Collab, and the New Haven Innovation Collaborative, among others. With so many local organizations teaming up with us to ensure the goals of Ives Squared are met, entrepreneurs can be confident that working with us is one of the best ways to access information, database resources, knowledge, mentorship, and funding opportunities.