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For immediate release Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
Central Library hosting small business, foreclosure prevention and hiring workshops  
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-From tips on starting a small business to foreclosure prevention and job search tips, the Birmingham Public Library’s downtown location has several free workshops available for the public during the month of November. Topics include “the Hiring Process for Jefferson County,” “Google Insights and Analytics,” “How to Avoid Foreclosure,”  “Steps to Starting a Business,” and “Cyber Security Made Simple.”
All of the workshops will take place at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham. See details about the workshops below: 
  • Steps to Starting Your Business, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, 12-1 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Richard Arrington Auditorium 
If you’re thinking of starting a small business but don’t know where to begin, register for this seminar being presented by the Birmingham chapter of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) in partnership with the City of Birmingham and BPL. SCORE representatives will provide an overview of various aspects in planning, starting and owning a business.
The seminar is free, but registration in advance is required. Call Valencia S. Fisher in the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development at (205) 254-2799 or email her at
  • Google Insights and Analytics Workshop, “How People Interact With Your Business Online,” Wednesday, Nov. 9, 12-1:30 p.m., Central Library, 2nd Floor Youth Department Story Castle 
Are you getting the most out of your website? Do you understand how people are finding your business online and how they are interacting with you once they get there? For answers to these questions, please join the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development and Zeekee, a Birmingham-based digital marketing firm, for a workshop that will introduce you to the free tools offered by Google that allow you and your business to get a better handle on customer behavior.

Google's Insights and Analytics tools are powerful and free. Google Insights is part of the Google My Business program and shows you how people interact with your Google listing. Google Analytics is by far the most used analytics tool on the planet and gives you data on how people interact with your website. Zeekee presenters will teach you how to utilize these free Google resources to help you make the most of your online customer interactions. It's highly recommended that you have your website and your Google My Business listing set up prior to the event.
  • “Cyber Security Made Simple,” Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, 12-1 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Richard Arrington Auditorium 
Presented by Sawyer Solutions, a Pelham-based information technology company, this seminar will offer tips for small business owners on how to make their websites more secure from cyber criminals and hackers. The seminar is free, but advance registration is required. To register, go to the Birmingham SCORE website at and click on the seminar title in the Upcoming Events section. 
  • “Hiring Process for Jefferson County,” Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Regional Library Computer Center 
The workshop will cover the process of applying for Jefferson County jobs, and how to master pre-employment tests including oral interviews.  To register for the workshop and to find out more information about small business resources available at BPL, contact Jim Murray of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at or by calling (205) 226-3691.    
  • “D&E’s Foreclosure Prevention Workshop: Preserve Your Home,” Monday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Library, Arrington Auditorium. Have you fallen behind on your monthly mortgage, and feel the pressure of potential foreclosure? Then make plans to take advantage of some valuable advice at this free workshop.
The workshop will provide information about home retention, foreclosure options, and special programs offered to Alabama homeowners. In recent years, the Obama administration has implemented a number of initiatives to assist homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure and otherwise struggling with their monthly mortgage payments. The majority of these programs are administered through the U.S. Treasury Department and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). So, empower yourself and your community by learning more about your options regarding foreclosure!

Established in 2000 and headquartered in Forest Park, Georgia, D&E, A Financial Education and Training Institute, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) HUD-approved counseling organization that is dedicated to developing and empowering communities by working with individuals and families to provide access to financial education, resources, and programs. D&E’s team of banking and financial industry professionals believe that by giving people the knowledge and tools to make better financial decisions, they can positively impact the foreclosure crisis.

For more information about seminars and other resources about small business development available at BPL, contact Jim Murray of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at or by calling 205-226-3691.
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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