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November 2014

Small Business Class: How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you have a great idea for a business? Take the first step to starting your own: write a business plan! A more advanced class, this course will highlight library resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be highlighted.

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Preserving Newspaper Clippings

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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For many people, newspaper clippings are a significant part of their personal heritage. However, newspapers are some of the most difficult of documents to preserve. They are printed on very low quality wood pulp paper that is extremely high in acid content, use poor quality inks and yellow quickly. They are printed on a daily or weekly basis and are not meant to last forever. This class will show you some things that can be done to prolong the life…

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Small Business Class: Small Business Research Essentials

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join the Business Librarian for an informative journey through the library’s small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available, and give yourself the upper hand starting or growing your small business.

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Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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One of the first rules of marketing is ‘go where the customers are.’ And where are your customers? Increasingly, they are found online! Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use Facebook and other social media tools to engage customers, start, and grow your business.

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Small Business Class: Grantseeking Basics

November 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginner fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization’s needs. We’ll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such a government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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December 2014

Researching Catholic Records

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Father Dennis Morrow, Pastor of SS Peter & Paul Church and Archivist of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, will introduce researchers to the best procedures and etiquette to use to gain access to records which might be of use to them in seeking family information. Parish and institutional sacramental records, cemetery records, where to look and ethnic concerns will all be discussed.

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Small Business Class: Intro to Finding Funders

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Foundation Directory Online Professional is one of the most powerful grantseeking resources available. With data on over 120,000 foundations, research, and information on the nonprofit world, FDO is one of the best places to go for grantseeking and nonprofit information. Join the Business Librarian for an informative class on this incredible resource.

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Small Business Class: Proposal Writing Basics

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You’ve found a possible foundation to fund your new project. Now the real work begins: writing a proposal that will tell your story to the people that matter most. To learn how to do just that, join the Business Librarian for a session on proposal writing. Learn the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal as effective as possible.

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