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Need small businesses help? Local libraries have your back

Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 13, 2019

If you are looking to start, run, or improve your small business you don't have to look any further than your local library.

The Baltimore County Public Library is teaming up with the Enoch Pratt Free Library as well as other foundations and centers to launch their Entrepreneur Academy. The academy includes a series of workshops that are designed to develop, launch, or improve small businesses.

“The goal of this initiative is to strengthen the relationship between entrepreneurs and the library,” said Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller. “Libraries have resources and connections that can benefit small business owners, and we’re excited to be able to share them with those who would most benefit from them.”

The workshops are free and will be held at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Woodlawn Branch and Pratt’s Edmondson Avenue Branch. There are nine workshops business owners can attend, and they will focus on marketing research and business strategies, financing options, record keeping and taxes and developing business plans. They will also be able to work with legal, financial, insurance and accounting advisors, and take advantage of networking opportunities along with extensive library and business resources.

To fully benefit from the academy, people interested in the workshops need to commit to all nine.

“So many people are looking for the tools they need to thrive at starting and growing their own business,” says Pratt Library President & CEO Heidi Daniel. “This partnership will help entrepreneurs create a roadmap to success as they navigate free resources available at libraries across the Baltimore region.”

For more information on the workshops, click here.