I want to offer a special thank you to Diane Levin, who wrote this week's column.
Diane is the Head Reference Librarian for Eagle Valley Library District, and she works at the Avon Public Library. She offers the following information for patrons looking for financial assistance, emphasizing that there is a wealth of information linked to our homepage at evld.org that you can access with a library card. Check out these resources, or come by one of our district libraries in Eagle, Avon, or Gypsum to apply for a card.
Are you thinking about ROI (Return on Investment)? One of the best investments around is an Eagle Valley Library District library card. With it, you can explore the library's business and finance resources from the comfort of your own home as well as in the library.
One financial investment tool available to library patrons is the database Morningstar Investment Research Center. A private individual subscription would cost $195 a year but access through the library is free with a library card. Morningstar is a leading provider of independent investment research and offers data and analysis on thousands of stocks and mutual funds, educational mini-courses and videos, screening tools to search for and analyze securities, and personal finance articles. You can access Morningstar online from anywhere by going to evld.org, clicking on "Databases," then scrolling down to Morningstar, clicking on "At Home" and then entering your library card number.
Another investment resource is ValueLine Investment Survey, which is available both in print at the Avon or Eagle libraries, or online anytime. Value Line Investment Survey is an independent investment information service with up-to-date, weekly issues and has something useful for virtually every investor. In breadth of coverage it is encyclopedic, covering some 1,700 equity issues. For each stock in its universe ValueLine offers concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects. The Value Line Investment Survey presents full-page, individual stock reports (encapsulating the company's past performance, current status, and outlook) and industry reviews. Finally, there is a feature section that gives Value Line's views on the economy, the stock market and on stocks of special interest. It also provides model portfolios for investors with various objectives and a number of economic and stock-market statistics. A personal, individual subscription to ValueLine Investment Survey would cost $598 per year.
The Library District also offers a wide range of business resources. Thinking of starting a business and the bank wants to see a business plan before giving you a small business loan? We have volumes and volumes of actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Our Business Plans Handbook is a multi-volume series (the most recent volume published in 2013) with sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries, which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans. These books are available in print and can be checked out of the library, and are also available electronically in our Gale Virtual Reference Library (again, just go to the Databases page on evld.org and have your library card number handy).
These are just examples, barely scratching the surface, of our business and financial resources. Come in or go on line and explore or give us a call. Your library card is the best deal around.