CCPL’s New Book Club for Business Owners: the Entrepreneur Book Club

September 4th, 2018

The OriginalsCecil County Public Library is spearheading a new book discussion aimed at business professionals in the county. Starting in September, the Elkton Central Library will host a morning monthly Entrepreneur’s Book Discussion on the third Thursday of the month. Small Business Librarians Laura Metzler and Laura Hannan will facilitate, choosing book titles aimed to educate and spur creative discussions, as well as encourage networking of small business owners within the county.

September’s pick is “The Originals” by Adam Grant, and the discussion is on September 20th at 9:30 AM. If you can’t make the first discussion, plan to join us on October 18th at 9:30 AM for a discussion of “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. You can download Sinek’s audiobook from our Hoopla app and get a head start for the October meeting.

If you can’t make the book discussions, CCPL has numerous business resources to explore. Learn new skills with Lynda video tutorials and Gale Online Courses. Lynda.com features engaging video tutorials on a variety of skills; there are even learning paths for “Becoming a Leader” and “Fostering Collaboration.” Gale Online Courses are 6-week courses that are led by real professors. Courses include Accounting Fundamentals, Effective Business Writing, and Computer Skills for the Workplace—but there are hundreds of options! Both Lynda.com and Gale Online Courses provide certificates of completion.

If you’re ready to plan out your business, be sure to try the Gale Small Business Builder, which is supremely helpful if you are just starting out with planning your business or nonprofit. You can learn whether entrepreneurship is a good fit with your interests and experiences, and what paths you should take. The Small Business Builder prompts you with questions that you may have not otherwise considered.

To access Lynda.com, Gale Online Courses and the Small Business Builder, visit us online at cecil.ebranch.info. For help getting started, stop in to any of our local branches. To set up an appointment with one of our Small Business Librarians to receive personalized assistance, call 410-996-5600 x 128. To sign up for the Entrepreneur Book Club, call 410-996-5600 x 481, or register online.


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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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