November 28th, 2016

Plan for your business with Demographics Now

dnowAs a business owner or aspiring entrepreneur, predicting industry trends and demographic changes can be a crucial component of future success.  Nearly every entrepreneur would probably agree with this, but the challenge comes in learning how to accurately predict these changes and where to go to find this type of information.  For Cecil County Public Library cardholders, look no further than your home computer/device or your local library branch.

From a computer and with your library card number, you can access the database Demographics Now at http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/small-business/business-plan-help/.  Demographics Now gives users fast and easy access to detailed demographic information for Maryland state, counties, and towns with customizable searches.  The demographic information found within Demographics Now provides information helpful for marketing, business planning and advertising, as well as facts on population, income, and consumer expenditures using Census information.

Here is an example of how this database can work for an entrepreneur.  If an entrepreneur is interested in opening a car repair business in Cecil County, Demographics Now allows users to see how many people in Cecil County own 1 car, 2 cars, 3 cars etc and how many cars they are projected to own in 2021.   The database provides information on approximately how much Cecil County residents are spending on motor repair, tires, body work, etc. and how much they are predicted to spend on these things in 2021.  The user can see the projected changes from 2016-2021 in household income, age, educational attainment, and housing type.  The database allows users to dig deeper and analyze differences between zip codes too.  Users can see the percentage of households in Cecil County that visited an automotive repair retail establishment, and this is just a small fraction of what is available.

Personalized assistance with this database is available for free by contacting the Cecil County Public Library’s Small Business Information Center.  The Small Business Information Center provides free information and assistance with the process of starting a small business and can be reached at 410-996-5600 ext. 128 or by email at sbic@ccplnet.org.

 


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November 21st, 2016

Stress-Relief Tips for Teens @ Your Library

yoga-1284657_640Teens are busier than ever. When a typical day begins with a rushed early morning routine, a day full of classes, extra-curricular activities and part-time jobs, and then the day ends with homework when they finally do get home, it’s no wonder more teens are feeling stressed.

What can we do to reduce stress and improve the quality of life for our teens?  First, prioritize!  Decide which activities must stay and allot an appropriate amount of time for each.  Once you have a reasonable schedule, try some of the following tips to minimize stress.

Promote Problem Solving Skills – Attending library programs for teens, such as Game On! or the recent Escape Room Challenges, provides opportunities for teens to interact in a fun and stress-free environment. Visit our website for a complete list of programs and classes for all ages.

Make Time for Physical Exercise – Download a favorite book or music to listen to while walking the dog or biking in the park.

Practice Relaxation Strategies – A few easy ones to start with are meditating, playing with a pet, sipping tea or soaking in a warm bath. The Perryville Branch Library has a DIY Bath Bombs program on December 1st<, and CCPL offers an extensive collection of crafting books and digital magazines for more ideas.

Eat well – Eat a variety of fresh foods as close to their natural state as possible. Need suggestions? Check out our large variety of cookbooks from the library, such as The Cookbook for Teens or Students go Vegan Cookbook.

Get Plenty of Sleep – Teenagers need more than 9 hours of sleep every night for optimal functioning.  Need a book for bedtime reading? Visit our teen page for recommendations: www.cecil.ebranch.info/teens

Cecil County Public Library has numerous resources for learning more about stress-relief techniques for all ages. Visit our library’s online resources, or visit or call one of our branches, and our librarians will be happy to assist you in your search.