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.

Gale Small Business Builder

Are you a small business owner? Do you want to be? The Gale Small Business Builder can help you follow your dreams no matter where you are in your REM cycle with tools for beginners, experienced business owners, and even tools for those who want to set up a nonprofit.

First, you’ll set up your entrepreneur profile.  This lets you define your goals, your motivations, the skills you bring to the table, and the support your business already has. The Gale Small Business Builder even provides an easy way to keep track of business expenses, financial projections, and plans to start and grow your marketing campaign.

Gale Small Business Builder provides forms you can fill out with the information you’ll need to start, maintain, and grow a successful business. Here’s what the entrepreneur profile looks like; you can use it to keep track of the resources, skills, support, and network contacts that can contribute to your success.

For further assistance, contact us at (225) 231-3750 – or check out this blog post by our Career Center.

If you have an idea, but you don’t know where to start to make it grow, you can always start at the library with Gale Small Business Builder.

Online Learning with Lynda

You’ve settled your kids, relatives, friends, and significant others into the semester – now it’s time to learn something for yourself. Lynda’s self-paced, online courses can help you learn a fun new creative skill or make you more competitive on the job market. Take a look at the top ten courses here in Baton Rouge, and see what you could learn!

  1. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  2. Time Management Tips Weekly
  3. Angular 2 Essential Training
  4. Tableau 10 Essential Training
  5. Time Management Fundamentals
  6. Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Essential Training
  7. Illustrator CC 2018 Essential Training
  8. Python 3 Essential Training
  9. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 5 Networking
  10. Teacher Tech Tips Weekly

These and many, many more are free with your library card! You can access Lynda wherever you use the internet.

Job Fair Success

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 a free seminar Monday, January 29th, from 10AM – 2PM. Career Center staff will discuss what to expect at job fairs, how to prepare, how to make a good first impression, and how to avoid common mistakes.

You can register online, or by calling the Career Center at 225-231-3733.

This seminar is a great chance to prepare for the upcoming Job Fair on February 1st at BRCC, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, hosted by EmployBR and Capital Area Re-Entry Coalition. Attending the Career Center’s seminar will make you a VIP for the fair!