COBRA: Complete Business Reference Advisor

COBRA contains all the information you need to turn your idea into a business. Log on and find more than 4,000 factsheets, market reports, contacts and sources of funding and support plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 types of business.

If your library is a member of Ask About Business you can access all areas of COBRA right now. Simply click HERE and log in with your library ticket. If you have a library card for any of the Ask About Business member libraries, then enter your library card number.

Ideal for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market.  COBRA is also available at any Ask About Business library with internet PCs.

Please note the Terms & Conditions of using this service.

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I came away with a bounce in my step.
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I came away all buzzin’…The Big Ideas Generator sessions have been excellent and of immediate practical use – more please!

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