In the U.S., there are 28.8 million small businesses, accounting for 54 percent of all sales reports the Small Business Administration. Across the country, public libraries are supporting entrepreneurship as a core mission and are increasingly serving as vital members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The public endorses this approach: A 2015 Pew Research Center survey reports that the majority of Americans believe that public libraries should provide small business programming.
However, few public libraries have dedicated business librarians to walk local small business owners and aspirants through the planning process needed to position their companies for success.
Enter Gale Small Business Builder, the first enterprise-level business planning software solution designed exclusively for libraries.
Gale Small Business Builder, developed in partnership with Deziner Software, provides early successes to aspiring entrepreneurs, with a gradual, step-by-step introduction to business concepts and tools. Addressing questions from “Is entrepreneurship the right decision for me?” to “When will my company break even and begin to show a profit?” Gale Small Business Builder covers multiple stages of the business development lifecycle.
With proven tools and practical advice, entrepreneurs can
- Vet a business idea by applying a rich variety of recognized frameworks
- Develop a business plan they can submit to lenders
- Create a pitch deck for investor presentations
- Manage day-to-day operations through the tracking of capital expenditures, debt, sales, inventory, staff, and more.
Nonprofits can benefit too
Gale Small Business Builder enables nonprofits to create a grant proposal the same way a new startup would write a business plan. Structuring a nonprofit’s creation and operation allows founders to focus on enhancing their organization’s social mission.
Support your business and nonprofit community with information and planning tools to take them to the next level. Request a demonstration today!
About the Author
Angela Doolin is a product manager in the middle of pursuing her MBA. When she’s not working or studying, she cooking, reading for pleasure, and teaching her rescue beagle new tricks.