Business Owner Workshop

Join us and parters SCORE, SBA, and more for a free workshop on social media for business! Next Monday, September 16th, you’ll learn the basis of forming a business plan, managing your personal and business credit, managing your cash flow, the foundations of social media, increasing opportunities with merchant services, and start-up financing. Register online!

How to Buy a Business

Do you want to become an entrepreneur but don’t want to start from scratch? Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Tuesday, August 20th, beginning at 6 PM, and learn how to buy a business. Robert Bourgeois, CEO of Sunbelt Business Brokers, will discuss the advantages of buying an existing business, how to choose which business to buy and what kind of financing it takes.

Registration is required. Please call 225-231-3733 or register online here.

Popular Lynda Courses for April

Get started on a free online class from Lynda, available in the Digital Library! With Lynda, you can learn something new anywhere you can get an internet connection. Create a free account with your library card number, and learn everything from how to deal with difficult people to how to advertise your business on social media, and so much more. Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Customer Service Foundations
  2. Writing Customer Service Emails
  3. Time Management Fundamentals
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Maya 2018 Essential Training
  6. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  7. Working with Upset Customers
  8. Communication Foundations (2013)
  9. Effective Listening
  10. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training

Get Your Grant at the River Center Branch

Are you trying to get a grant for your nonprofit? Do you want to set up a grant to support your community? Are you just curious about how the grants process works? The East Baton Rouge Library is the place to go – specifically, the River Center Branch! In addition to being a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, one of the largest philanthropic information centers in the world, the River Center Branch has access to resources on grants and grant-writing for both nonprofits and for-profit businesses.

With the Foundation Center, you can learn everything you need to know about grants and grantwriting with free training and online classes. Access their collected information on how causes of all kinds are funded, or use their directories to identify potential funding sources.

When you’re ready to start fundraising, research potential donors with iWave! iWave has lots of information on prospective donors, including what causes they’ve contributed to in the past, how often they’ve done so, and how much they’ve donated. You’ll learn who to ask, how much to ask for, and get an idea of the best way to approach.

Whether you are a grantseeker, grantmaker, or just curious about the grants process, we can help you meet your grants-related information needs. Check out our Grants Infoguide for more information, or contact our grants librarian at (225) 389-4964 to learn more!

Popular Lynda Courses for March

Celebrate the first day of spring with a free online class from Lynda, available in the Digital Library! With an absolute boatload of self-directed options, with Lynda, you can learn something new anywhere you can get an internet connection. Hard and soft skills  are available from one convenient site – punch up your PowerPoints or learn how to move smoothly through difficult customer interactions. Create a free account with your library card number today! Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Customer Service Foundations
  2. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  3. Time Management Fundamentals
  4. Building Resilience
  5. Working with Upset Customers
  6. Writing Customer Service Emails
  7. Maya 2018 Essential Training
  8. Communication Foundations (2013)
  9. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training
  10. Data Science & Analytics Career Paths & Certifications: First Steps

Accel5

Now introducing Accel5, an Ebsco database for business! With short instructional videos, articles, and business book summaries that get right to the core ideas, you can learn something new and still have time for lunch.

Videos, summaries, and articles are organized into three core competencies:

Narrow your focus:

And you’re off! Get started today with Accel5! It’s in the Digital Library, free with your EBRP library card. Go, go!

Lunch and Learn: Gale Small Business Resources

Join us for an informational session next Thursday, January 24th, on Gale’s small business resources, available free to you through EBRPL.

  • Gale Small Business Builder: A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.
  • Gale Small Business Resource Center: Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more.
  • Gale Legal Forms: Offers legal forms that are state-specific. Many of the forms are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users’ needs by simply “filling in the blanks” with relevant and accurate information. Completed sample forms are also included.

A lunch will be provided by our friends from Gale.

For more information, email smallbusiness@ebrpl.com or call (225) 231-3750.

Lynda for December

Gifts have been given, and it’s time to get yourself a little something – why not pick up a new skill for free with Lynda? Lynda’s online classes are self-directed, and when you’ve created a free account with your library card number, you can learn anywhere you can connect to the internet. Now offering both hard and soft skills, you can learn how to spruce up your small business’s website or become more confident in your managerial skills, all from one convenient site. Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Writing Customer Service Emails
  2. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  3. Building Resilience
  4. Time Management Fundamentals
  5. Serving Customers Using Social Media
  6. Phone Based Customer Service
  7. Working with Upset Customers
  8. CISSP Cert Prep: 1 Security and Risk Management
  9. CompTIA Security+ (SYO-501) Cert Prep: 1 Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities
  10. Troubleshooting Common PC Issues for Users

 

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!