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.

December 21st, 2015

My must-have books for the holidays

book-691407_640I can’t live without a good book—and that doesn’t go away during the holiday season. However, in December, there just isn’t enough time to let myself get swept away by a novel. So instead, I pick up a collection of short stories or essays. That way, I can read one or two stories and satisfy my craving. It’s a perfect compromise.

So, if you’re craving a short story, here are some suggestions! Some of my favorites are “Single, Carefree, Mellow,” by Katherine Heiny, “One More Thing: Stories and other Stories,” by BJ Novak, and “The View from Castle Rock” by Alice Munro (also available as an audiobook). If you want a laugh, try Sloane Crosley’s “I Was Told There’d Be Cake,” or “Naked,” by David Sedaris (also available as an audiobook).

If you’re in the holiday spirit and want to read something more festive, consider “My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories” (see our staff review here), “Christmas in the South: Holiday Stories from the South’s Best Writers,” or “Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season.” If you’re a fan of Inspirational Fiction, “Amish Christmas at North Star” (also available as an audiobook), “An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County,” or “Christmas Belles of Georgia,” might be good choices.

What is your favorite holiday read?

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