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, September 27 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 29 · 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, October 4 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 13 · 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, October 18 · 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, October 25 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Financials for Small Business with Dennis Dornbush
The most important part of any business plan is the financials section. Serial entrepreneur, accountant, and mentor Dennis Dornbush will teach the ins and outs of startup financials. Learn about breakeven analysis, keeping up with cash-flows, budgeting, and other skills to make sure that your start-up is on the right track. Basic spreadsheet skills are required for this class.
Wednesday, October 11 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 6 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Web Marketing Skills
Marketing is about the stories we tell and the tools we use to tell them. For this new series at GRPL, we’ll start with how any entrepreneur can build a compelling story to connect with consumers and using WordPress.com, a free and open-source content management system that powers a quarter of the Internet. Web Marketing I will cover the basics of marketing, crafting a target market, and story construction. Web Marketing II will cover the creation of a basic website. Web Marketing III will cover advanced tools and tactics that an entrepreneur can use to tell their stories effectively.
Web Marketing Series I
Wednesday, November 1 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Web Marketing Series II
Wednesday, November 8 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Web Marketing Series III
Wednesday, November 15 · 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm