Make the Virtual Small Business Resource Center Your First Stop on the Road to Entrepreneurism

June 26th, 2017

Small Business Resource CenterStarting a small business is no easy feat!  Just thinking of starting a business can cause major stress.  Entrepreneurs have to be willing to research and think through every component of their business.  At the library, we realize research isn’t everyone’s passion like it is ours and not everyone has the time to sort through the 876 million results of a Google query “How to Start a Business.” Fortunately, Cecil County Public Library has an online resource called the Small Business Resource Center, which gives entrepreneurs a great place to begin their research.

We recommend all aspiring entrepreneurs spend time in the Small Business Resource Center because it really can help answer a lot of the questions an early-stage entrepreneur might have.  This database is designed especially for small business owners.  Based on the type of business you are thinking of starting you will find business plans, related professional associations and articles from trade journals which are specific to your industry.  It also has general information on common small business topics such as management, financing, budgeting and marketing.

To access this free online resource, visit: https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/small-business/business-plan-help/ and scroll down to Small Business Resource Center.  Enter your library card number and you will have immediate access to this information.

Another helpful feature of this resource is the glossary.  It defines business terminology that a new entrepreneur might not be familiar with such as “cash flow” and “break-even pricing” in easy to understand terminology.  There is also a page dedicated to overall “how to” questions like: How to Finance Your Business, How to Sell a Business, How to Buy a Business, and more.  The resource will generate recommended resources that answer these questions.

For more information on this database, or our other small business databases that provide competitor and demographic information, feel free to contact the Small Business Information Center at the Cecil County Public Library at 410-996-5600 ext. 128 or email sbic@ccplnet.org.


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Cecil County Public Library Teaching Entrepreneurism to Teens with Start-Up Cecil

June 12th, 2017

Start-Up Cecil LogoTrying to keep your teens busy this summer? While your teen might be looking for a summer job, they might also dream about starting their own business. Two books that might be entrepreneurially inspiring are “Start It Up: The complete teen business guide to turning your passions into pay by Kenrya Rankin” and “Beyond the Lemonade Stand: starting small to make it BIG by Bill Rancic.”

For teens ages 11-17 that are ready for hands-on learning and advice, Cecil County Public Library is hosting Start-Up Cecil, a teen small business plan contest. This four part series will expose teens to the concept of entrepreneurship and what it takes to operate a small business. At the end final session, teens will pitch their plan to a judging panel at the business plan showcase with the hopes of winning cash prizes to invest in their business concept thanks to local sponsor, Columbia Bank. The sessions are planned for June 19, 26 and July 10 with the Showcase on July 17 at the Elkton Library. It is not mandatory to attend all sessions, but highly recommended.

Last year, after a talk by teen entrepreneur Shreyas Parab who owns Novel Tie, we had over 20 teens participate, and their innovative ideas inspired all who attended the showcase. Some of the ideas from last year included: a chore service for senior citizens, a lawn care service that uses goats, healthy cupcakes and a dinner theater.

If your teen is energized by Start-Up Cecil or can’t attend but is interested in becoming an entrepreneur, another local competition is the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs through the University of Delaware. Submissions begin this September and entries come from students around the world.

We are so excited to see what ideas the teens come up with this year. To register for this program or to get more information, contact the Cecil County Public Library at 410-996-5600 ext. 481 or visit https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/teens/start-up-cecil/.


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