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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Discover Hoopla Music

June 19th, 2017

Have you ever seen a movie and really loved the music soundtrack?  How about being able to sample the newest music without paying for it?  Having a birthday party for your kids and need party music?  Are you into meditation or need to relax?  Yes?

The library has the product to meet your needs!

Discover Hoopla music.  A streaming or downloadable media service available to you anytime and anywhere.   Hoopla is like having your public library’s music collection at your fingertips.  Our selection of downloadable music, available for adults, youth and children, can be borrowed for 7 days and you can enjoy up to 8 titles per month.   If you are worried about the content, enable “kids mode” within the settings to filter out any adult content.  At the end of the loan period, the item disappears from your device.  No late fees and no need to return the item to the library.  You can either download the Hoopla app, available in Google Play or Apple App Store or stream music directly to your computer.

There are many categories of music available including music featured on NPR, summer road trip music, comedy, and new age.  There is even a category for New Music Friday where you can download brand new albums.  There is something for everyone.  I personally love to download music to enjoy while running.  There is a category for fitness & workout.  Hoopla offers a great way to explore new music genres with your library card.  So, if you have not tried Hoopla music, maybe you should!


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