You might be surprised at the business resources that can be found at our local library. Small business owners and entrepreneurs have access to
While you may not have even thought of the library since finishing high school or college, they have been a thriving resource over the past decade, providing resources to help small businesses get started and expand.
Entrepreneurs and startup companies are a major factor in the U.S. economy, providing the largest segment of new jobs in the U.S. These businesses need information compilations including demographics and business planning even though they don’t have the resources that are available to larger companies. This is where the library provides help.
Working from home offers many advantages, but one of the disadvantages includes a lack of space for meetings. The library conference room resolves that problem. Computers, printers, fax machines, and scanners are available for use, as well as projection screens. You can reserve the room to host a private meeting.
You might find workshops and classes designed to help learn how to best utilize technology, learn graphic-skills, or create a business plan.
A variety of software and online resources are available at to best that provide businesses with the tools they need to research and obtain data such as demographics, industry analyses, directories, and technical manuals. These free resources help struggling companies find the information they need to succeed.
The librarian is an often overlooked wealth of knowledge and we have the best there is. She can often help you identify what you need, point you in the right direction, and even provide information on outside services that may help.
You can easily access templates of successful business plans that can be copied or modified to meet your needs and goals. Most SBA programs and commercial lenders require a solid business plan when applying for funding.
Business, consumer and government databases, statistics, and various trade magazines, are available through various programs at the library.
Most libraries are connected online not only to national
If you have ever had a computer crash, or a touchy printer give up entirely, you will be pleasantly surprised by the ease with which you can access the internet and print off the papers you need at little cost.