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How to Strengthen Your Business This Summer with SCORE Workshops & Online Training

Posted on May 20, 2021 at 4:30 am

When local businesses thrive, the whole community thrives. That’s why the library has workshops, resources, and services dedicated to businesses and entrepreneurs.

This summer, check out our live, online workshops presented by SCORE Business mentors, our online training resources, and our digital tools that can help your business hit its next target.

SCORE BUSINESS WORKSHOPS

How to Start a Business

Start building your business with the help of SCORE business mentors. Get help understanding business startup considerations, including questions about legal issues, taxes, insurance, and funding. We help you address these questions and more.

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Thursday, Jun 17, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

Security Strategies for Small Businesses

Learn strategies for keeping your business secure, including best practices and technology tools you can use.

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Thursday, Jul 15, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

Create a Brand for Your Business

Learn the strategies to dig deep into the values, mission, and vision of your business to build your brand and establish your business identity.

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Thursday, Aug 19, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

ONLINE TRAINING FOR BUSINESSES & EMPLOYEES

Online courses for you and your employees are available at no cost and can include specific topics for each role within your business.

Gale Presents: Udemy is our latest digital resource offering thousands of online video courses that are on-demand and flexible to fit into any busy schedule. Courses are taught by industry experts, so you know you’re getting quality information.

Learning within Udemy is organized within categories and sub-categories. Here are just a handful of topics that you can delve into: Leadership & Management, Time Management and Productivity, Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Communication Skills, and Stress Management.

Read about one librarian’s experience taking a Udemy course in this blog article.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is a video learning platform with courses for business, creativity, and technology. These courses are on-demand and can be completed at your own pace.

You’ll find business topics such as accounting, marketing, and human resources; creative topics such as graphic design, photography, and user experience; and technology courses covering cloud computing, web development, and mobile development. 

Gale Courses has highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks, and new sessions begin every month. If a set schedule helps you learn and stick to a learning path, then Gale Courses is the resource for you.

Courses include learning to better use Microsoft Office applications, finance and accounting, business communication, and more.

All you need to access these digital resources for online classes from our Digital Library is an in-district library card—available at no cost. Individuals can access all resources and services with our regular library card. Businesses can get access to library resources and materials for their employees using a single business library card.

DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS

If you’re starting a business, revamping your business or marketing plan, or looking to do some competitive analysis, you’ll find tools and resources to help in our Digital Library.

ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry is a database that includes in-depth coverage of companies, products, executives, trends, and other topics. You can study and compare specific trades and industries, including telecommunications, computing, transportation, construction, petrochemicals, and many others.

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) offers accurate data on 63 million businesses and 309 million consumers useful for market research.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow helps you discover demographic data from population and Census data such as income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses and more. You can customize reports by geography, choosing the area that best suits their needs. DemographicsNow provides records of people and business, provides information in reports and visually using maps, and offers tutorials.

ProQuest Research Library provides one-stop access to thousands of full-text periodicals from one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases ProQuest has to offer. Search from a highly respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, and magazines covering over 150 subjects and topics.

All you need to access digital resources from our Digital Library is an in-district library card—available at no cost. Individuals can access all resources and services with our regular library card. Businesses can get access to library resources and materials for their employees using a single business library card.

BUSINESS LIBRARY CARD

You can stop by any of our libraries to pick up and activate a business library card. Head on in or get started with our online Get a Library Card form.

If you can’t make it to the library, call us at 509.893.8400 and we’ll send you a card that provides immediate access to select digital resources.

Your business library card will need to be fully activated at one of our libraries to gain access to certain digital resources—including LinkedIn Learning, OverDrive, and hoopla—and to check out library books and materials.

BOOK A LIBRARIAN

Along with live workshops and digital resources, we offer one-on-one and group training on how to use the resources in our Digital Library with our Book-a-Librarian service.

When you make an appointment with one of our business librarians, they will tailor your Book-a-Librarian session to the task you are looking to achieve.

We can show you and your employees how to access and use the online resources in our Digital Library as well as help entrepreneurs research the information needed to write a business plan.

You can learn more about how the library can help businesses like yours on our Business Matters webpage.

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