Tulsa City-County Library Supports Small Business with Gale Small Business Builder

  | Originally posted on tulsalibrary.org | Tulsa City-County Library now offers a new resource to help plan, launch, manage, and grow your small business for the long run. The Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool to help aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced small-business owners bring their dreams to life.    Ideal … Read more

Naperville Public Library Offers Small Business Support

| Originally posted on American Libraries Magazine | Launching a Small Business in Naperville User: Kent Palmer, business librarian, Naperville (Ill.) Public Library Product: Gale Small Business Builder Description: Gale Small Business Builder is a software platform designed to help libraries support business planning for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and other small business ventures. How do you use Gale Small … Read more

The Clearview Library District Supports Small Business Owners with Gale Resources

| Originally published on Windsor Now | The Clearview Library District has added two new free, online resources for aspiring small business owners. The Small Business Resource Center, a free online database, provides information such as how to start a business, write a business plan, craft a marketing campaign and launch a product, according to … Read more

Libraries Add Economic Value to Local Communities

Ken Detzner, Florida’s Secretary of State supports public libraries, calling them “a place of learning, a hub for educational resources, and a community center.” According to an ROI study conducted by the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, University of West Florida, libraries deliver value to the areas they serve by supporting economic … Read more

Libraries Add Economic Value to Local Communities

Largo Public Library

By Ken Detzner

The public library is a place of learning, a hub for educational resources, and a community center. Children discover new worlds as they’re read to, young adults learn new skills and librarians assist patrons needing educational or business support.

Not only have libraries historically proven to be beneficial to the areas they serve, a recent Return on Investment study conducted by the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, University of West Florida, provides the hard numbers demonstrating the economic value of public libraries. The overall Return on Investment that libraries offer, the business and educational support that is provided, and the essential services provided show that libraries are not only places of learning, but add economic value to their local communities.

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