Small business start-ups begin @ your library
— reported by the American Library Association
Every year, more than 500,000 entrepreneurs start new businesses in the United States. But how and where, with little money beyond what they can borrow on credit cards or from family and friends, do they do the market research, licensing, and all the rest of what it takes to succeed? The answer is @ your library.
As they work toward realizing their dreams, many aspiring small business owners turn to public libraries for help. In fact, a study in early 2006 conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), found that 61 percent of people living in the United States said libraries are important in helping to start small businesses.
Public libraries provide many crucial tools and resources to help small businesses launch and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace – often for free. They range from training on how to apply for business licenses, to seminars on securing bank financing to workshops on creating successful marketing campaigns. Many public libraries across the country employ trained staff who provide advice on how to use print and online business resources:
America’s libraries are paving the way for small business owners to be the engines that drive our economy. Since small businesses represent a large and increasing number of all U.S. employers, they employ a growing majority of the workforce. Many seeds of innovation are planted at libraries, and ideas and products blossom under the watchful eyes of small business owners.
For more about American Library Association (ALA) recommendations and resources created by business librarians, including the Best of the Best Business Web sites, visit www.ala.org/smallbizweb.