November 24th, 2014

Small Business Saturday

2014_SBSI am very excited to introduce our first guest blogger, Patti Paulus.  My position as the small business librarian started almost six years ago, and I have had the pleasure of knowing Patti as a client and friend for the past five years.  I am so proud that the idea of an artist co-op from five years ago launched into such a successful business, The Palette & The Page.  She has positively contributed so much to the downtown revitalization of Main Street in Elkton and the store makes shopping local a no-brainer!

By now you have probably heard about “Small Business Saturday” which is the Saturday after Black Friday, this year it’s November 29th.  For Small Businesses, it is a pretty big deal.  As one of the owners of a small business in downtown Elkton, it feels like a special celebration and recognition of us and all small businesses.  The point of the event is to purposefully go out and shop at small businesses on that day in particular.  Of course, all small business owners want you to remember them whenever you shop, eat, need a repair or some construction, need your hair done – I think you get the picture…

Many studies have been done about the impact small businesses have on a community.  According to the SBE Council, small businesses are incubators for innovation and employment growth and have accounted for 60% of the net new jobs created since the end of the recession, which began in about mid-2009.  According to the American Independent Business Alliance, “Multiple studies show locally-owned independent restaurants return twice as much per dollar of revenue to our local economy than chain restaurants. And independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than chain competitors.”  Additionally, according to AMIBA, “Buying remotely on the web creates almost no local benefit-just a few minutes’ work for a delivery person.”

My small business, The Palette & The Page, a gallery owned by women in downtown Elkton, has been in existence for 5 years.  With much help from Cecil County Public Library’s Small Business Information Center (SBIC), we have grown to represent 30 local artists, 12 local authors and provide our community with a place to find truly unique items for themselves, their homes and their family and friends.

We’ve also been very instrumental in creating an active First Friday Art Loop in Downtown Elkton, providing opportunities to see new artwork, meet artists and authors, hear live music AND support small businesses- all throughout the Elkton Arts & Entertainment District.  Just this year we were chosen to receive the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award from the Elkton Chamber & Alliance.

On November 29th, for Small Business Saturday, we are joining forces with Small Busi-nesses everywhere, but especially those in our community.  We encourage you to “Shop Small” – support the places in your community that add value by helping to make the community strong, where people remember you, where you can be a part of giving back by spending your dollars  in a place where it will impact your community twice as much.  Additionally, your support will keep on giving as those businesses return their dollars to their community by investing in the community.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 29th!

If you are interested in starting your own small business, contact the Small Business Information Center at 410-996-5600 ext 128. Also, try this resource for small business success.


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December 29th, 2011

Our New Video Game Collection

Cecil County Public Library Video Game CollectionGuess what we got for Christmas!

Yes, we (two almost elderly adults) added Xbox Kinect to things that hang off our TV!  What are we doing with Xbox?   Well, we’re hoping to attract the grandkids for one thing.  And we’re hoping to exercise both our aging brains and bodies playing educational and physical games for another.  And of course the thrill of virtually shooting evil bad guys from the security of the living room ranks right up there.

But the best news of all is that I can borrow games for free from Cecil County Public Library.  The library now offers Xbox, Kinect and Wii games to be borrowed just like books.  They check out to adults 18 and over for 7 days, two at a time.  All it takes is a Cecil County Public Library Card in good standing (free to residents) and an easy 3 step process:

1.     Browse the collections online or see browsing guides found in each library and select the games you would like to borrow.

2.    Place hold requests on the games you want and the library will call you when it’s your turn.   Ask the staff for help if you need it.

3.    Pick up the game at your local branch and play away for 7 days.  After that there’s a charge of $1 per day (max fine is $5).

So extend your video gaming experience and try new things in the New Year.  Visit your library!


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