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Small Business Learning Series at Richland Library

An entrepreneur may believe that a great idea is all that is needed to successfully maintain a business.

However, many small business owners will tell you that a lucrative business is more than just a great idea. A flourishing business is a complex mix of the right location, appropriate technology, adequate funding, skilled staff, active social media presence and the right business decisions based on a business plan that precisely defines your business, identifies your short-term and long-term goals, and serves as your firm’s résumé.

To assist entrepreneurs in this process, Richland Library is sponsoring a Small Business Learning Series of programs on Wednesday evenings, beginning March 6.

All 4 programs will be held in the auditorium, Garden Level, 1431 Assembly Street

Here is a brief description of each program:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Starting and Growing a Minority or Woman-Owned Small Business in SC
Join Greg Davis, Manager – Small Business Development (SC Department of Commerce) and Stanley Foreman, Program Coordinator (Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance) to learn what you need to know to get your small business started and growing!
Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Business Plans 101

What makes your business idea unique? Join a representative from Midlands SCORE to learn how to create a business plan, your essential “road map” to business success. Determining your business niche could help you stand out from the crowd and give you advantages over your competitors!
Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Small Business Development: City of Columbia

Join representatives from the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities to explore their program offerings and services, including financing, education and technical assistance, and contractor and supplier diversity. Whether you are a new, existing or expanding business, find out helpful tools you will need to create, manage or grow a successful business!
Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Help for Small Business Owners: What Your Library Can Do for You!

Join BST Librarians Iris Abney and Diane Luccy as they walk you through a Starting a New Business Checklist and share local and state resources that can provide assistance to small business owners and those considering small business ownership.
Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the Small Business Learning Series, please contact the Business and Job Center, 929-3401.

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