Career & Entrepreneurship Center

  CEC at St. Petersburg College

Career & Entrepreneurship Center

CEC Resources & Tools

In addition to providing face-to-face and virtual conferencing capabilities, access to computers, a fax machine, printers, and space to meet with mentors, the CEC offers students numerous on-site resources such as software, books, and access to online periodicals and databases related to career development and entrepreneurship.

Looking for resources? This is a great place to START.

  • Online Databases
  • Periodicals
  • Software
  • Books & Videos
  • Other Resources & Links

Career and entrepreneurship related online databases are available to current students through SPC Library Online. Login is required using your SPC student number and last four digits of your social security number.

SPC student login required Available through SPC Library Online (login required)

  • SPC PIN requiredBusiness and Company Resource Center (Gale)
    Fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.
  • SPC PIN requiredAccess Business News (NewsBank)
    Add on module for Americas Newspapers that consolidates current and archived content from the complete, full-text electronic editions of approximately 200 business and law journals, local and regional business news weeklies and other news sources.
  • SPC PIN requiredBusiness Full Text (Wilson)
    From The New York Times Business Section and The Wall Street Journal to magazines and scholarly journals, users will find feature articles, product reviews, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, obituaries, surveys, book reviews, reports from associations, societies, trade shows and conferences, and more.
  • SPC PIN requiredBusiness Searching Interface (EBSCO)
    Easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research, and then use the results as limiters in a keyword search, if desired.
  • SPC PIN requiredBusiness Source Complete (EBSCO)
    Indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886 are included. Includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.
  • SPC PIN requiredCommunication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
    Research and reference resource for the communication and mass media fields.
  • SPC PIN requiredGeneral BusinessFile ASAP (Gale)
    Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends, and the latest in management, economics and politics. Search broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.
  • SPC PIN requiredGlobal Road Warrior (World Trade Press)
    The most comprehensive business travel, telecommunications and business culture reference available in the world. The Global Road Warrior covers 175 countries in three volumes of 3,840 full-sized pages.
  • SPC PIN requiredGreenFILE (EBSCO)
    Offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. GreenFILE serves as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.
  • SPC PIN requiredHoovers Premium
    Offers in-depth financial comparisons and analysis as well as the ability to input specific search criteria to generate a customized, highly-targeted list of companies or people.
  • SPC PIN requiredInfoTrac Communication & Mass Media Complete eCollection (Gale)
    A searchable Communication and Mass Media electronic collection.
  • SPC PIN requiredInternational Security & Counter-Terrorism Reference Center (EBSCO)
    Offers information on virtually every dimension of security & counter-terrorism and is designed to inform the analysis process, as well as enhance the general understanding of security and terrorism-related issues.
  • SPC PIN requiredJSTOR
    Access back issues of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Over 700 titles available, which are scholarly or reviews of scholarly work.
  • SPC PIN requiredLexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information. Medical & health; federal, state & international legal materials; corporate news & financial information, and more.
  • SPC PIN requiredPalgrave Dictionary of Economics (Palgrave Macmillan)
    Extensive and authoritative economics reference resource. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics contains over 1,850 articles by more than 1,500 of the world's leading economists.
  • SPC PIN requiredReference USA (infoUSA)
    Locate any type of business nationwide to explore career opportunities, identify research investments, or seek entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • SPC PIN requiredRegional Business News (EBSCO)
    Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text for regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).
  • SPC PIN requiredSmall Business Resource Center (Gale)
    This comprehensive database covers all major areas of starting, operating and maintaining a business from financing, management, marketing, accounting, taxes and more.

The periodicals listed below are are available in print through the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College. In addition, select print issues are available in the CEC, or are available online to students through SPC Library Online (student login required).

CEC Available in the CEC on the Seminole campus
SPC student login required Available through SPC Library Online (login required)

You can use the following software on computers in the CEC and the learning commons on these campuses:

CEC Available in the CEC on the Seminole campus

The following books and videos are available in the CEC on the Seminole campus:

Entrepreneurship - Starting and Operating a Small Business
CEC Entrepreneurship – Starting and Operating a Small Business, 2nd Edition by Steve Mariotto and Caroline Glackin
Entrepreneurship – Ideas in Action
CEC Entrepreneurship – Ideas in Action, 4th Edition by Cynthia Greene
Building Construction – Principles, Materials, and Systems
CEC Building Construction – Principles, Materials, and Systems by Madan Mehta, Walter Scarborough and Diane Armpriest
Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation
CEC Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 2nd Edition by Michael H. Morris, Donald F. Kutatko and Jeffrey G. Covin
Entrepreneurship – Theory, Process, Practice
CEC Entrepreneurship – Theory, Process, Practice, 8th Edition by Donald F. Kuratko
Entrepreneurship – Successfully Launching New Ventures
CEC Entrepreneurship – Successfully Launching New Ventures, 3rd Edition by Bruce R. Barringer and R. Duane Ireland
NO B.S. Direct Marketing
CEC NO B.S. Direct Marketing by Dan Kennedy
NO B.S. Sales Success
CEC NO B.S. Sales Success by Dan Kennedy
Kaufman Thoughtbook 2009
CEC Kaufman Thoughtbook 2009 (Sections are also available online.)
Ten9Eight Movie
CEC Video: Ten9Eight Shoot for the Moon by Mary Mazzio

CEC Available in the CEC on the Seminole campus

Numerous resources are available through the business community, especially related to entrepreneurship competitions and events.

  • WorkNet Pinellas - WorkNet Pinellas came into existence in January 2001 under the general direction of Pinellas County. The public-private partnership supports and promotes economic growth through workforce development. Workforce Florida is the principal architect in the state's efforts to develop and retain a highly competitive workforce responsive to the needs of employers. There are three WorkNet Pinellas One Stop Career and Business Centers and 2 satellite Centers throughout the County. There is no fee charged for any of WorkNet Pinellas' services for employers or jobseekers.
  • PayScale – Career Research and Planning website
  • – is a free online international community for building entrepreneurial economies, where entrepreneurs, policy makers, business mentors, investors and researchers come together to promote high-growth initiatives. Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Commerce Department's International Trade Administration.
  • Toastmasters Meet Up The Toastmasters organization has been around for over 100 years and has helped hundreds of thousands of people all across the world become better communicators, leaders and public speakers. Toastmasters will gently help you overcome your fear of public speaking so you can live a life full out. Communication is one of the most powerful aspects of life. At Toastmasters clubs the focus is on fun-filled meetings that will help each member reach their speaking goals.
  • National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) - Founded in 2002, this non-profit organization provides programs and services in entrepreneurship education for educators, entrepreneurs and professionals. As advocates to the entrepreneurship movement, NACCE acts as a hub for the distribution and incorporation of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business development.
  • istart Business Plan Competitions - This networking website is the go-to site for entering business plan competitions from around the world. This site allows aspiring entrepreneurs to connect with mentors and advisors, to browse plan abstracts, and network with hundreds of entrepreneurs in order to bring potential business ideas to market.
  • - Value Chain Analysis
  • Federal Trade Commission - A helpful website (updated daily) that deals with the issues that touch the economic life of every American. Whether it's equal employment opportunities, small business administration, policy planning, national and international affairs, or consumer protection and fair business practices. The FTC website is an all-inclusive resource designed to protect American consumers and business owners. The agency has taken the lead in questionable franchise opportunities, bogus office supply scams, and other practices that prey on aspiring entrepreneurs. Sign-up for regular updates and access to FREE resources.
  • Business Center Blog (featured by the FTC) - Informative publications, discussions and resource information designed to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process. Hot topics include Social Media in the business environment, Advertising & Marketing, Credit & Finance, Privacy & Security. There is even a section that allows you to order a range of free publications.
  • - SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship, which they have been doing for nearly fifty years. Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 12,000+ volunteers, they are able to deliver services FOR FREE (or at very low cost). With 340+ chapters across the U.S. and its territories, SCORE hold events and workshops and matches up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors. Find a mentor here. Sign up for the free SCORE eNewsletter.
  • FREE Business Plan and Financial Templates (featured on - a variety of tools and advice for helping strengthen your small business! Templates available for Business Plans, Franchising, Home-Based and Non-Profit Businesses, Budgets and Financing, Pricing Strategies, and Marketing and Social Media.
  • SquareUp -
         How to Start a Business
         How to Run a Business
         EMV Liability Shift
Ask a Librarian

Need help finding a resource? Contact Linda Reifler-Alessi, Entrepreneurship Research Librarian or visit the CEC.