How do I populate a new iPhoto library from my default library?

How do I efficiently move large numbers of photos between 2 iPhoto libraries?  I want one for personal use and one for business.  Right now everything is in one iPhoto library.  I was able to create a second, business related library, but couldn't figure out how to move large numbers of photos from the default library into the new (presently empty) library.  I tried import and export but those functions weren't available.

Easy way:
Use  iPhoto Library Manager to move photos, files, all versions and metadata between libraries. The Free version will move approx 20 at a time. Purchase ($20) will remove any restrictions.
Export the Photos from one Library (File -> Export) to folders in the Finder, then import them to the other library. You won't get versions or Faces metadata this way.
Or, do you need a second library? You can easily distinguish Work and Personal files in a Library with a simple keyword.

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