News From the Louisville SBDC
Hoof to Table.
It's What's for Dinner!
Visit the Library for Business Leads?
You'll Be Surprised!
As the business reference librarian at the Louisville Free Public Library I am always excited to talk about the wide variety of resources and services available to both first-time entrepreneurs and established business owners. The Library gives card holders access to databases like Business Reference USA and Business Source Premier. With these databases, users can generate sales leads, identify customers, survey competitors, track industry and market trends, learn about legal structures for businesses, and much more. The Library still has traditional print reference materials, like the RMA’s Annual Statement Studies, which lists financial benchmarks to project or analyze a business’s performance. Patrons can also access the online educational services Lynda.com and Treehouse for free with their Library card. These services offer short, accessible courses on web design, computer programming, finance and marketing, advertising with social media and Google AdWords, Quick Books, Microsoft Excel and Access, and thousands of other topics. On the Library’s website – LFPL.org – we maintain links to the best online public resources for business research, as well as a listing of organizations that support entrepreneurs.
If all of this material seems overwhelming, don’t worry. Each month the Library holds a class in which a librarian demonstrates how to make use of these resources. For patrons with specific research questions, I am available for individual one hour research consultations. In addition, on September 24, October 5, and October 12, the Library will host a class called Start Smart-The Basics of Business Startup. Toni Sears of the SBDC will discuss issues and questions common to first-time entrepreneurs and I will give a short demonstration on how Library resources can help entrepreneurs research markets, consumers, and competitors.