Small Business Classes
Learn more about growing your small business
Join the Business Librarian for a variety of free classes that will help you develop your business. Classes run September – May and offer learning opportunities for everyone from those just starting out to seasoned professionals. All business classes take place at the Main Library in the Adult Computer Training Center (Lower Level).
Small Business Research Essentials
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 whether you are starting or growing your business.
Wednesday, January 17 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 7 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan
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 resources will be covered.
Wednesday, January 24 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofits
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, a database of 140,000 foundations and 3.2 million grants, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization’s needs. We’ll also briefly touch upon other funding sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.
Wednesday, Feburary 7 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, April 11 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits
You’ve found a possible foundation to fund your new project. That’s excellent. Now the real work begins: writing a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well to the people who 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.
Wednesday, February 14 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, April 18 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Intro to Project Budgets for Nonprofits
One of the hardest parts of writing a proposal is not finding a problem to tackle, but crafting a budget that will help you tackle that particular problem. It’s also the part of the grant that grant writers often fear the most. Well fear no more with this class from GRPL! Here we’ll see to craft a budget for a grant proposal, understand what foundations are seeking in a budget, and learn how to best tell the story of your grant through its budget.
Wednesday, February 28 · 7:00 – 8:30
Wednesday, April 25 · 7:00 – 8:30
How to Use the Library to Write a Marketing Plan
One of the first rules of marketing is ‘go where your customers are.’ And where are your customers? What story will you tell when you find them? How will you stand out from the crowd, and perform experiments to know if you’re successful? Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use modern tools and timeless tactics to engage customers, start and grow your business.
Wednesday, January 31 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 14 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits
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 Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation
Wednesday, February 7 · 7:00 – 8:30
Wednesday, April 11· 7:00 – 8:30
Market Research Series
No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you’ll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level!
Session 1: Industry Information · Tuesday May 8 · 7:00 – 8:30 Register
Session 2: Business-to-Customer Market Research · Tuesday May 15 · 7:00 – 8:30 Register
Session 3: Business-to-Business Market Research · Wednesday May · 7:00 – 8:30 Register