What is an LLC?

April 17th, 2017

Many businesses have the letters LLC following their business name.  LLC stands for Limited Liability Company.  A limited liability company is a relatively new form of business ownership.  According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), a limited liability company is a hybrid type of legal structure that provides the limited liability features of a corporation and the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership.  One of the distinguishing features of an LLC is that it protects the owners of the business from personal liability from business claims or debts.  Only the assets of the business are at risk.  This provides some peace of mind to an entrepreneur because personal assets, like a home or a car are protected.  If a business owner decides to start a limited liability company in Maryland, the name of the business must include LLC, L.L.C., L.C., or L C, thus the reason you saw those letters after a business’s name.

According to the SBA, other advantages include ease of paperwork and the ability of the members to decide who has earned what percentage of the profits or losses.  For more information on the different legal business structures, consider taking a free online video course through the library’s Lynda.com service titled, “Become a Small Business Owner.”  This course can be accessed with your library card number and pin through CCPL’s website at https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/digital-library/lynda-video-trainings/ along with other hundreds of other business courses.

Cecil County Public Library’s Small Business Information Center (SBIC) provides free information and assistance with the process of starting or running a small business.  This is a no cost, focused service for potential and existing small business owners.  In addition to access to up-to-date business info, the SBIC also works with a team of local business organizations to get you the help you need. Make an appointment with the SBIC by calling 410-996-5600 ext. 128 or by emailing sbic@ccplnet.org .

Don’t miss our upcoming business program: “How to Succeed at Network Marketing” Monday, April 24 at the Elkton Central Library at 6:30pm.

A new advisory tool for avid readers

December 26th, 2016

One of my favorite things to do in the library is browse the shelves. I run my fingers along the edges of the books until one catches my eye. I can flip through it and decide whether or not to take it home. Sometimes I stop at the new books shelves. Other times I wander farther into the library where I can find something that, while not a recently released book, is still new to me. Now you can browse our books from the comfort of your own home and even receive emailed lists of books you might like with your newest product, SelectReads.

SelectReads lets you find books in several different ways. You can sign up for emailed newsletters of both new releases and books you might have missed in any of more than twenty categories, including mysteries, memoirs, history, graphic novels, books for both kids and teens, and even our monthly list of books recommended by our staff. You will receive emails around the sixth of the month, and you can unsubscribe easily using a link at the end of the email. Because both the library and SelectReads value your privacy, the library does not have access to what emails you are receiving. If you’d rather not see the lists in your email, you can also check on the library’s SelectReads site and see the lists on the web as well.

If you click one of the books in the list, you will see more about the book, including other books you might like and a link to find the book in CCPL’s catalog. Clicking from book to book is a fun way to browse the library’s collection. You can also learn more about the author of the book and, if you click the “track author” button, can sign up to receive an email when the library receives a new book by that author.  We also have lists of award-winning titles for readers of all ages.

For more information and a video tutorial on SelectReads, head to http://ow.ly/jpki307lpZC  — we hope you can find your next favorite book!