There also is a non-profit that provides extensive support for this type of community organizing: http://amiba.net — definitely check out their info. The Southeastern (CT) Alliance http://www.southeasternalliance.org/about/ joined with them.
Very nice post!
We are trying to do this at mpow with http://business.skokielibrary.info/ to situate the library as valuable business resource but also allow businesses without (or even with) a web presence to add a page describing themselves. Beyond local businesses we have http://skokienet.org/ for community involvement.
It is always important to be positioning ourselves as an invaluable resource to our community.
You are right, libraries do support businesses. It’s in our interest to have a thriving community. I encourage all libraries to become involved in your area’s chamber of commerce or business organization. Make sure you have your library’s business web page listed prominently on your business card. Make it easy for business people to find those pertinent resources that can help them grow their businesses. In Waukesha County (WI) it’s http://www.wcfls.org/business