December 28th, 2015

New Year, New Business

womenThe idea of starting your own business probably stirs up equal parts excitement and fear.   If you have decided that 2016 may indeed be the year to launch your small business, let the Cecil County Public Library’s free business resources help assuage some of your fears.

Are you overwhelmed at the prospect of deciding on a legal structure, knowing which licenses you will need and what forms you need to fill out?  Did Google bring up so much information that you are completely overwhelmed?   We’ve done all the research for you and created a guide titled “Key Steps to Starting a Business,” which gives you step by step instructions on how to start a business in Cecil County and includes all the relevant contact information for each step.

Do you dread writing the business plan?  Don’t fret – we are here to help!  We have sample business plans, templates, databases that easily find competitor information and demographic information, and it’s all easily accessible from your home computer.

Are you worried you don’t have the right connections to start your business in Cecil County?  Again, we are here to help!  We can connect you to the Cecil Business Resource Partners and introduce you to people that work in organizations dedicated to helping small businesses succeed in Cecil County.

Does the accounting side of small business ownership worry you?  We have free online courses, including: Accounting Fundamentals, Introduction to QuickBooks, and Introduction to Excel to name a few.  The classes are taught by an instructor and are six weeks in length.  They can be accessed on your home computer with your library card.

So as 2015 winds down and you are looking forward to a new year, a bold change, and the dream of entrepreneurship, remember that the Cecil County Public Library is here to help.

September 8th, 2015

Smart Marketing for Small Businesses

Attention Small Business Owners and Aspiring Entrepreneurs:

  • Are you overwhelmed by all the small business marketing options out there?
  • Do you feel your small marketing budget is holding you back from successfully reaching your target market?
  • Do you worry that your current marketing strategy is not letting you stand out from the competition?

“Smart Marketing for Small Business” is a free event at Cecil College, Elkton Station on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 8:30am to 11:30am that will address these vexing small business marketing issues facing your small business.

Matt Christ from Brand3, a virtual advertising and marketing firm, will discuss with attendees how to maximize their marketing strategy.  Matt has managed and produced effective brand and marketing strategies for a wide range of corporate and non-profit organizations in the mid-Atlantic region. His success is driven by the simple belief that the quality standards that make national brands successful should be applied to every size business.

Josue Sierra is a digital marketing leader at W.L. Gore & Associates in their consumer fabrics division. He has over 15 years of experience leading businesses large and small in implementing effective digital marketing, including email marketing.  He will explain how to create effective email marketing campaigns that really work.

This event is sponsored by the Cecil Business Resource Partners.  A free breakfast will be provided and Director of Cecil County Office of Economic Development Lisa Webb will provide opening remarks.  To sign up for this free event, visit:


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