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February 2015

Small Business Class: Small Business Research Essentials

February 4 @ 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 informational journey through the library’s small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available, and give yourself the upper hand whether you are starting or growing your business.

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Mini-Class: Researching Your Ancestor’s Property

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A county Register of Deeds Office records all documents pertaining to real property. Kent County’s documents can help trace the history of property ownership or the movement of ancestors around the county. Kent’s documents are imaged back to 1970, indexed back to 1837, with all documents available on microfilm back to 1850.

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Small Business Class: Proposal Writing Basics

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn to write a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well to the people that matter most. 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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Small Business Class: Intro to Finding Funding

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginning fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization’s needs. We’ll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Googling Your Ancestor

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you tried to find your ancestor on the internet? If so, you might have had thousands of results, most of which did not apply to your genealogy. Since Google started in 1998, it has changed the way people search the internet. Today, many genealogists use this search engine in researching people in their family tree. However, it has evolved over the years and the tips & tricks have changed also. In this class, learn the many possibilities that Google…

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

February 25 @ 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 designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this course will highlight library resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resource will be highlighted.

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March 2015

Small Business Class: Small Business Research Essentials

March 4 @ 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 informational journey through the library’s small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available, and give yourself the upper hand whether you are starting or growing your business.

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Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

March 18 @ 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 your 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: Intro to Finding Funding

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginning fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization’s needs. We’ll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Small Business Class: Getting Started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you looking for a scholarship to help with higher education? Are you an artist looking for help in furthering your career? Look no further than the Grand Rapids Public Library! This class will cover Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, a database with over 10,000 funding sources for individual grantseekers, such as students, artists, and researchers. Come learn how to use this excellent resource and become a more effective grantseeker.

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