James J. Hill Center on the Green Line

A Walking Tour from the Green Line Central Station to the James J. Hill Center

The James J. Hill Center is only a 5 minute walk from the Green Line Central Station. I decided to take a walk and see what is on this 0.3 mile route. And I found it is lovely!

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12 Free Online Business Courses

Online business resources

As a library The Hill is accustomed to providing free resources and information, we have been doing it for almost a century. With the advent of the internet, information is more accessible than ever. Our physical collection and electronic databases are at your disposal. Along with all of the great business information you can get at The Hill there are some wonderful online resources you can access from anywhere. Free online business courses have become very popular.

Here is a list of 12 business courses you can take online:

Branding, content, and social media

By The Ohio State University

This course will help you figure out that last part – earning attention with something you publish for a strategic reason to a particular audience in the online universe.

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Building a Business

By Oxford University

A lecture series of basic business skills, Building a Business covers good business practice with a focus on science entrepreneurship. It is designed around technological enterprise but most course material is relevant to general business practice.

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Entrepreneurship & Business Course

By Professor Mark Juliano

Topics include idea generation, company formation, funding, writing a business plan, sales & marketing, IPOs and acquisitions, and giving an investor presentation.

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Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Venture Capital

By Stanford

The course explores how successful startups navigate funding, managing, and scaling their new enterprise. This process is explored through guest lectures and mentorship from experienced venture capital investors and seasoned entrepreneurs who manage these issues on a daily basis in Silicon Valley.

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Essentials of Advertising & Marketing

By W.P. Carey School of Business Arizona State University

Essentials of Advertising & Marketing Communications is an introduction to the communication process within marketing and advertising. Creation and presentation of an ad campaign will be explored throughout the course.

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Financial Management

By Missouri State University

An introduction to topics in corporate financial management, including financial markets, time value of money, asset valuation, risk and return, financial analysis and forecasting, capital budgeting, sources, and costs of capital.

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How to Launch a Successful Startup Company

By MIT Open Courseware

Bill Aulet talks about his 24 step process to launching a successful startup, providing a glance at what students at MIT are learning about entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn about key steps to launching a successful startup, and understand the importance of discipline, experimentation, iteration, and customer focus in the entrepreneurial process.

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Strategic Marketing- Contemporary Issues

By Professor Jayanta Chatterjee

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The New Entrepreneurs

By The Open University

Whether you’re thinking of starting your own business, looking to improve one you already own, or are simply interested in understanding more about how the business world works, this learning pathway is a storehouse of ideas, techniques and real-life stories to inspire and inform.

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Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Venture Capital

By Stanford University

With over a century and a half of venture capital experience and many more years of practice in entrepreneurship, the teaching team and guest lecturers for this student initiated course cover the fundamentals for building a successful company.

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Economics 1

By UC Berkeley

An introduction to economics.

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Principles of Microeconomics

By Jonathan Gruber

This course includes a full set of lecture videos and a selection of problem solving videos. In the lecture videos, Professor Gruber covers the principles of microeconomics conceptually, mathematically, and graphically, giving students a holistic understanding of the subject matter.

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How to use a business database to get what you need

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions from March


I am looking for companies that use Microsoft Outlook. Can you help me?


We often receive questions about searching for companies that use very specific products or services. Unfortunately this information is not searchable; however, we are able to assist you in narrowing your search to find suitable prospects.

What information is “searchable”?

In order for information to be searchable, companies need to report it. Some information is required, usually through the government, and can be indexed into a database. Other information is voluntary, but has some benefit to the reporting company. For example, reporting as a minority-owned business may make a business owner eligible for tax breaks or additional funding.

There is no legal requirement for a company to report the products it uses.  It is also of limited value to the company to make that information public. Products and services used may change frequently, so maintaining this information would be time-intensive. Private companies can often be protective regarding their operations and choose to disclose as little as is required.

So how do I find what I am looking for?

Knowledge of the industry and Gale DemographicsNow can help you narrow down your search to a list of likely prospects. DemographicsNow allows you to generate a list of companies based on a number of criteria. There are many categories that a search can use; here are some of the most likely:

  • Location
  • Industry (using SIC and NAICS codes)
  • Number of employees
  • Revenue

Using a targeted search through a specialized database will help you generate a list that is more complete than a Google search, and also less general than a complete list of businesses in an area.

Check out our full list of business databases.

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