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

  • Saturday, September 8, 1-3 pm


    “The chief business of the American people is business.” – Calvin Coolidge

    “The chief business of the GRPL Small Business Resource Center is business too! What a coincidence!” – Your Business Librarian

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.

How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

  • Wednesday, September 12,  7:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 12,  7:00-8:30 pm

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.

Grantseeking Research for Nonprofits  

  • Thursday, September 27, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 28, 7:00-8:30 pm

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 140,000 funding sources, 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.

Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

  • December 5, 7:00-8:30 pm

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.

Cash-Flow for Small Business

  • Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-8:30 pm

The most important part of any business plan is the financials section. It’s where the rubber meets the road, but it’s also hard to understand. On board to teach us the ins and outs of startup financials, we’ve got serial entrepreneur and mentor Dennis Dornbush to fill in the gaps of our understanding. Learn about break-even 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 will be necessary for this class.

How to Use the Library to Write a Marketing Plan

  • Wednesday, September 19, 7:00-8:30 pm

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.

WordPress for Small Business

  • Wednesday, October 3,  7:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 10, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 17, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 24, 7:00-8:30 pm

Marketing is about the stories we tell, and the tools we use to tell them. In this series at GRPL, you’ll learn how any entrepreneur can build a compelling website to connect with consumers and using WordPress.com, a free online content management system. Join the GRPL Business and Tech Librarians to learn how to build an awesome site, write for the Web, and basic tactics to help you connect with your customers.

Holistic Job-Seeking at Your Library

  • November 14, 7:00-8:30 pm

Let’s admit it: job searching is hard. Decisions are maddening, research is a grind, and resume writing is no cakewalk. So if we can’t make the search for a career fun, how can we at least make our search effective? Come to a seminar from the Business Librarian to find out exactly how to think about job search research, how to present yourself in person and in writing, most importantly, how to plan for future work that might not yet exist.

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Upcoming Events

Jan 23

Small Business Research Essentials

January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jan 30

How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Feb 06

How to Use the Library to Write a Marketing Plan

February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm