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.