L2B Communications
Tip from a Local Business Owner
I’m still a novice and business is risky. I look for opportunities to get to know other small business owners, especially those who have been in business for over five years. I frequent their establishments and join organizations to see if there is anything I can learn and apply to my own business. There’s a reason these individuals are still in the small business ball game.
Elizabeth Mager
Owner/Operator, Chocolaterie Stam

Please contact Beth if you would like to provide the tip for a future L2B.
Librarian to Business: A Note from Beth Clower
Apply for a  business library card  to receive additional business benefits, such as  study room  reservations one week in advance for two hours and reservations for the   Shakespeare Room  for any size group.
Upcoming Programs
Non-Profit Roundtable
Thursday, March 5 | Noon-1:30 pm
Discuss the issues and challenges in working at and running a non-profit in this bring-your-own lunchtime roundtable discussion sponsored by SCORE. Reserve your spot for Non-Profit Roundtable.
Building a Business Website
Thursday, March 12 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Get hands-on experience with a website-building tool and hear first-time website tips from local small business owner. Reserve your spot for Building a Business Website.
Business Mentoring
Wednesday, March 18 | 6:30-7:30 pm, 7:30-8:30 pm
Schedule an hour-long one-on-one session with a SCORE mentor to discuss your individual business challenges and questions. Reserve your spot for Business Mentoring .
Microsoft Word 101
Thursday, March 19 | 7-8:30 pm
Need to create a professional-looking document for business or personal use? Learn how to format a document, change fonts, and insert images using Microsoft's Word application. Reserve your spot for Microsoft Word 101 .
Blockchain 101
Monday, March 30 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Blockchain is more than just cryptocurrency. Learn how blockchain works and get an overview of some of its alternate uses from Erik Ford of Ford Wealth Management, LLC. Reserve your spot for Blockchain 101 .
Do You Know? Why You Should Keep Personal and Business Income Separate
One of the most common mistake business owners make is not keeping personal and business funds separate. This mistake is also a prime target for IRS scrutiny in audits.

How Do Yo u? Get a Business Grant for Your Startup
Before you invest any time and energy in finding and applying for a small business grant for your startup, it’s important to understand what criteria these grants look for, and decide whether or not your particular business or industry qualifies. 

Social Me dia: LinkedIn Live
Use it on your own LinkedIn page or your company’s profile. Either way this feature has the potential to make a major impact on your company’s LinkedIn strategy. In fact, the social networking platform for professionals says that LinkedIn Live broadcasters see seven times more reactions. And they get 24 times more comments than users who post standard videos.

Non-Profit Foc us: How Do Nonprofits Make Money?
The term “nonprofit” also tells us that these organizations don’t acquire profit in the traditional sense. But, of course, that doesn’t mean they don’t make money. They do need funds to provide their services, but that profit will not be sought for profit’s sake.

Home-Based Businesses: Shopify vs Etsy
Here, we examine the pros and cons of both Shopify and Etsy, to help you determine which platform you should choose.

Magazine of the Month: Working Mother
Dads want the same things moms want from their employers – flexibility, more paid time off and no career damage for being a parent. …To recognize the growing importance of fathers, we began our Best Companies for Working Dads list in 2018. Working Mother will celebrate the 2019 companies [in this issue.]

Read the rest of the Oct/Nov 2019 What Working Dads Really Want article at the library or in RB Digital Magazines , one of our online digital resources.
Business App of the Month: Melio
Melio Puts All Your Business Payments in One Place And Even Enables Paying with a Credit Card
Online Digital Resource: Mergent Intellect

Business, financial and consumer data that you can use to generate insightful business intelligence. Access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, and industry profiles with Mergent Intellect .

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Do You Know How? Use Instagram Stories

Business Books
More Resources at the Library

Starting and running a small business can be tough, and the library is here to support local entrepreneurs. Learn how to develop your web presence, use the latest social media tools, obtain a business library card, or book a one-on-one mentoring session with our Business Liaison.

Elizabeth Clower
Instruction Librarian
and Business Liaison
Phone: 630-790-6750
Email: eclower@gepl.org