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Linda Wilson

Public Relations

Birmingham Public Library

(205) 226-3746

lwilson@bham.lib.al.us

 

Library Offers Free Classes to Small Business Owners
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August 15, 2007, Birmingham, AL—According to Entrepreneur Magazine’s website, the National Policy Research Council ranks Birmingham as the third best American midsize city in which to start a business and the second best in what they call the “Young Company Ranking.” Also, Alabama as a state is the third best state in the country for starting businesses.

 

To better serve the growing number of small business owners in Birmingham, the Business, Science, and Technology Department at the Birmingham Public Library is reaching out to help with a free, three–seminar series in September and October.

 

The Business, Science and Technology Department serves both new and established entrepreneurs by offering print and online resources that help entrepreneurs find customers through demographic searches, industry and market research, company information, business plan resources, and startup information.

 

To extend their services, the department has partnered with the UAB Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, an organization formed to counsel and assist the small business owner. A SCORE or SBDC member will lead each of the sessions, and at some point during the sessions, a librarian will present the applicable business resources. The topics for the three sessions include “Marketing Your Business,” “Protecting Your Business,” and “Financing Your Business.” All seminars will be held in the Arrington Auditorium located on the third floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library.

 

“Marketing Your Business” will be held from 9:00-11:00 on September 26, 2007, in Downtown Library’s Auditorium and will focus on the planning and execution of a marketing plan, as well as how to market your product or services to departments and agencies of the federal, state, and local governments.

 

“Protecting Your Business” will be held from 9:00-11:00 on October 3, 2007, in the auditorium and will focus on employment laws governing personnel issues and how to choose a financial team to help protect profits.

 

“Financing Your Business” will be held from 9:00-11:00 on October 17, 2007, in the auditorium and will address essential points of accounting and financial reporting, as well as how to qualify with a lender, including the preparation and presentation of loan application documents.

Sandi Lee, Public Services Coordinator of the Birmingham Public Library, said “We think this series will be an excellent way for the library to extend its hand to local businesses. We are here to help small business owners and we always ask the Small Business Development Center to send us new business owners so they may use our free resources which are available to everyone.” She also said that “we are happy to serve as one of the community partners along with SCORE and the SBDC to encourage entrepreneurship in our area.”

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Business, Science, and Technology Department at 226-3690.

 

For more information on the statistics compiled by Entrepreneur Magazine and The National Policy Research Council, go to www.entrepreneur.com/bestcities/midsize.html.

 

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