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Small Business Workshops


November 10, 2020
Noon-1:30 p.m.

November 11, 2020
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

November 17, 2020
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

November 19, 2020
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

December 8, 2020
10-11:30 a.m.


Zoom Webinar



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Online Market Research
Tuesday, November 10, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Ever wonder “how do I research an industry or understand the demographics of my business, or, how do I use a database to identify my competition and prospects?” In these times, leveraging online resources from the public library is one of your best options. Come join us to get a clear view of the tools available in the Ramsey and Hennepin County libraries to gain control of your research efforts and increase your success! 

This workshop will provide you with an overview of some of the most important research tools available: Mergent Intellect, Business Source Premier and Data Axle Reference Solutions. You’ll walk away understanding what each is, where they fit in your business building effort and your options to use these powerful resources. 

Taxes for Small Business
Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
No one wants a “friendly” letter from the IRS. Taxes are an important part of starting a business and it’s not as difficult as you think! But where do you start? How should I set up my business: as a sole proprietor, LLC, corporation, or partnership? What can I deduct and how do I track my expenses? How do I report my business income and expenses? This webinar will answer all of these questions and more.

Business Essentials
Tuesday, November 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
This webinar will explore the basic components of building your business. We’ll focus on understanding who is your customer, what product or service do you want to take to market, who’s your competition and how are you unique.  We’ll then look at what action plan needs to be put in place to achieve your goals, understanding basic finances and funding and what resources are available to help you in your journey.

Website Review
Thursday, November 19, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
First we’ll cover the anatomy of a homepage (the first page your visitors hit when they land on your website). Then we’ll talk about the copy on a homepage and how your visitors are reading your site. Finally, we’ll review how to capture leads on your website.

Know Your Numbers
Tuesday, December 8, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Equip yourself with a solid base for staying compliant and knowing the financial status of your business. Learn how to manage your income and expenses. Knowing and understanding your numbers is a key component of your business success. This is a great finance overview with some clear  guidance from one of our community’s most experienced business accounting executives.

This series is presented by SCORE St. Paul. Funded by MELSA.

This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. After registration, participants will receive an email from the library approximately three days prior to class with additional instructions including a link (or URL) that will be used as an invitation to enter the online class. If registering within 72 hours of class start time, expect to receive an email with the instructions and link the morning of the event. 

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