Reach Customers Online with Google

Your East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to partner with BlinkJar Media to present Get Your Business Online with Google, a free program specifically tailored for local small businesses. Google is spending the money and resources to send Google’s National Trainer, Sixcia Devine, to Baton Rouge to discuss directly with business owners the Ultimate Marketing Playbook for Using Google

Join Google, Simply-360, and BlinkJar Media for this one time opportunity on December 13, 2018, at the Main Library on Goodwood. The event starts at 8:30 AM. Breakfast and lots of coffee will be served.

Make sure to RSVP online! The first 75 RSVP-ers get awesome Google swag!

Reference USA Lunch and Learn

Join us next Monday, December 3rd, starting at noon, to learn more about how Reference USA can help you grow your business! This free resource is available from anywhere with your East Baton Rouge Parish library card. You can use Reference USA to identify sales prospects, create customized marketing lists, gather competitive business intelligence, and more! To register, please email smallbusiness@ebrpl.com.

Small Business Saturday

Today is a great day for Black Friday Christmas shopping, but don’t forget – tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate local small businesses and entrepreneurs in your community!

Looking for something in particular? Use Reference USA to search for all kinds of businesses in Baton Rouge, or even in your zip code! You can filter an advanced search by number of employees, sales volume, and more. Keep your money local, and Shop Small this November 24th.

Own your own small business? Contact EBRPL’s Small Business Services for a free consultation on how library resources can help you grow!

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.

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.