How to Succeed at a Job Fair – POSTPONED

Job fairs can be a great place to make connections with employers…but only if you know how to do it well. If you’d like to improve your job-fair know-how, please join us for this free seminar. Career Center staff will discuss what to expect at job fairs, how to prepare, and how to avoid common mistakes.

After you attend this event, use your newly-sharpened skills at the EmployBR spring job fair! Keep an eye on their website for details on the time and location.

* * * Please note that this event, originally scheduled for June 26th, has been postponed. For more information, please call the Career Center at (225) 231-3733. You can find information on upcoming Career Center events on their website. * * *

Cool Careers: Beauty and Personal Care next Wednesday!

Have you been following the Career Center’s Cool Careers: Summer Series? There are so many careers for you to learn about, whether you’re a teen thinking about life after high school or an adult looking for a change.

Join us at the Main Library this Wednesday, June 20th, for a panel of beauty industry experts, including the owner of Cutrone’s Barber Shop and acclaimed and frequently published makeup/hair artist Cekeisha Williams. The presentation will begin at 11 AM. Registration is required; you can register for next week’s event on the Career Center’s website, or by calling (225) 231-3733.

If this doesn’t seem like the career for you, check out what else the Career Center has in store this summer! The Cool Careers Summer Series is primarily geared towards teenagers, but adults are welcome – it’s never too late, or too early, to find out what you’re meant to be doing.

Lunch and Learn: Reference USA

Do you want to grow your small business? Join us Monday, June 18th, at 11:30 AM for a lunch and learn session with ReferenceUSA. With ReferenceUSA, you can do all kinds of sales and marketing research, learn about other businesses in your area, and more! A light lunch will be served. For more information, email us at smallbusiness@ebrpl.com.

Market Research Resources

Take your business to the next level can be intimidating. What do your customers want, and where do they want to go to get it? Where’s your competition, and what are they doing differently? If you’re asking yourself these questions, it’s time to do some market research!

ReferenceUSA‘s advanced search features can show you density maps of the locations, sales volume or employee size of businesses in a given area. This is a great way to choose a location for your new business.

Mergent Intellect offers a variety of Nielsen demographic reports on a geographic region of your choice. Reports include historical and projected population and number of households, plus data on race, ethnicity, household size, household income and more.

Not sure where to start? Gale’s Small Business Builder has the Small Business Resource Center built right in – they’ve got great tutorials and instructions on how, when, where, and why to start your market research. All of these resources are free with your library card!

Introducing Small Business Services @Your Library

Are you ready to start your own business? Get away from the daily grind and come to the library to learn about digital resources that can help turn your entrepreneurial dreams into a reality!

Just getting started? Check out our small business infoguide for a quick guide to all our resources, and then head to Gale Small Business Builder to work on your business plan. With Gale Small Business Builder, you can enter in your goals, your target audience, and even do preliminary market research. You’ll also be able to set up financial records and track your growth.

Ready to get a little bigger? You can learn pretty much anything business-y through the Gale Small Business Resource Center, which has explanations on everything from taxes to handling human resources issues. Mergent Intellect and Reference USA are great resources for marketing research – find out where your clients are, and how to go get them! Or just teach yourself online with ebooks and videos from Safari Tech Books or the Small Business Reference Center.

Don’t want to leave your business to come to us? Our new business librarian will come to you! Contact us at smallbusiness@ebrpl.com or by calling (225) 231-3750 to set up a consultation at your convenience.

It’s the library, so you KNOW it’s free – and that’s just good business sense.

Cool Careers Summer Series

Don’t miss the second Cool Careers Summer Series! This Career Center program is aimed to teens and 20somethings who want to find a unique career that suits them perfectly. Future seminars will include topics like crime scene investigation, video game design, beauty, social media marketing, and animal science!

In the kick-off session Wednesday, May 30th, come to the Main Library on Goodwood at 11:30 AM to take the ASVAB assessment. Normally used by the military to assess their recruits, this test can help patrons learn about their abilities, skills, and which careers might be a good fit for them. Register with the Career Center online, or call them at (225) 231-3733.

 

How to Buy or Expand into a Franchise

Have you ever thought about what it takes to own a franchise? Could you turn your business into a franchise? Come learn from two of the best franchise owners in the Baton Rouge area, as they provide valuable information and tips for those seeking to buy a franchise and for those seeking to expand their business by establishing a franchise system.

This Career Center program will be held next Wednesday, May 9th, at the Main Library on Goodwood from 6-8 PM. To register, please call the Career Center at 225-231-3733 or visit them online.

Careers in Multi-Level Marketing

Find out the good, bad, and ugly about multi-level marketing (MLM). For many people, it is a good second income, and a few even earn large incomes, but some lose money working in MLM. Come discover whether you have what it takes to be successful in direct sales.

Our panel will consist of representatives with Primerica, Mary Kay, and Plexus Worldwide, who will tell their MLM journeys, discuss what one needs to be successful, and provide information about their companies.
This free seminar will take place at the Main Library on Thursday, March 22nd, from 6-8 PM. Registration is required; you can do so online or by calling the Career Center at (225) 231-3733.