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Free Workshop for Small Businesses

Are you, or do you know someone, involved in a small business?  Let them know about this!

Artists, contractors, lawn care folks, the self-employed, bookkeepers — anyone interested in learning how online social networking can help your business — should know about this free opportunity coming up this week.

Thursday March 29th Noon  – 1:30  at the Burlington Public Library meeting room.  Lunch is provided.

If  you think Facebook or LinkedIn might be useful to your business or your professional reputation, but you don’t know your profile from your feed, this workshop is for you!  Learn tips from a professional on how to create and maintain your on-line persona and enjoy a free lunch, too.

The workshop is presented as a partnership with the Burlington Public Librar,y BTOP funding, and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. 

There is no charge for the event.  


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Finding business information @ your library

Among the many e-resources the library has is Reference USA, a directory of corporations and other business data for use by job seekers, businesses, and individuals.  Depending on your needs, you may find a simple phone directory or a marketing research tool.  It provides ad-free  information on brands, products, stocks, corporate structure, names of executives, and hiring managers.  Funding for this resource is provided by the Port of Skagit.  The resource is available from home, by logging in with your library card, or in the library at any time.  For more info, call the library at 360-755-0760, or email blibrary@ci.burlington.wa.us.

A free one-hour webinar on the use of this resource is available.   

Title:  Search Essentials: the basics of ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Offered Fridays (January 13 –  March 30)

Time:  11:00 AM Central

Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.  Attendees need an internet connection and a phone line to participate. 

To register for any of the session dates, follow the link below:

ReferenceUSA Search Essentials


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Want to be your own boss?

Thinking about starting a new business, or wanting some new ideas for promoting your current business? Try our Small Business Reference Center for library card online access to books and articles on management, selling, brand names, trends, new technologies, market research, new promotion ideas, legal information and tips–and more. It also includes some useful, short videos. Here are just some of the topics that are covered on the website:

Business Basics  /  Coaching an Employee  /  Conducting Successful Meetings
Doing Business on eBay  /  Hiring the First Employees  /  Interviewing a Candidate
Marketing Your Business  /  Presenting to Customers  /  Reacting to a Changing Market
Running a Thriving Business  /  Selling a Business  /  Starting & Running a Nonprofit
Starting a Business  /  Starting a Business From Home  /  Small Business Start-Up Kit
Tax Deductions  /  Start-Up Kit & Business Plans  /   Writing a Business Plan
Sample Business Plans  Loan Request  /  Personal Financial Statement 
Profit & Loss Forecast  /  Sales Revenue Forecast
Starting a Business With Less Than $1,000 – For Retirees
Starting a Business With Less Than $1,000 – For Stay-at Home Moms & Dads
Starting a Business With Less Than $1,000 – For Students

For help, you can always ask at the info desk, or give us a call. 360-755-0760.



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