Get business booming

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2009, 4:12 pm

We're all about business at the Library! From practical books and online resources to knowledgeable staff ready to point you in the right direction to programs on timely topics, the Library wants to help you and your company succeed.

Looking for networking opportunities and new ways to promote your business? Join us for our Get Smart! quarterly book discussion series, presented in partnership with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. On April 8, the Get Smart! Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking by Andy Sernovitz.

Thinking about starting your own business? The Library offers a number of online resources to get your research started:

  • The Business Plans Handbook database is a collection of sample business plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries. Typical plans include a statement of purpose, executive summary, business/industry description, market, product and production, management, personnel and financial specifics.
  • The Small Business Resource Center database contains a wealth of information on all aspects of small business start-ups including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes and more. Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans and articles with topics such as how to buy or sell a business and how to locate, redefine or expand your business.
  • The Thompson Gale Legal Forms database offers new business start-ups and home-based entrepreneurs a comprehensive collection of legal forms for partnerships, limited liability companies, contracts and personnel issues — all available in an easy to use Microsoft Word format!

The Library also offers a number of current books on starting your own business:

Don't forget there are also federal and state Web sites to help get you on your way, including the Ohio Business Gateway and the U.S. government site, Business.gov.

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