Help for small businesses

Perhaps you’re tired of waiting for the ideal job to turn up, or maybe you simply want to branch out on your own and don’t know how to do it. Whatever your reason for wanting to start your own business, Heights Libraries has classes to help you figure out how to make that business thrive.

Heights Libraries’ new Small Business Series can start you on the path to entrepreneurship. From getting funding to finding the right location, this series provides an array of practical information to get a new business up and running.

The fall session consists of six classes taught by the training services staff at the Lee Road Library. Joe Kaiser, supervisor of technology training, proposed the idea for the series. "This has been in the back of my mind for quite a while," said Kaiser. "As a small business owner myself, I know the difficulties and complexities that go into starting and running a small business. With the addition of two new tech trainers this year, who also have small business experience, we decided that now is the time to put on this series."

Additional support for the series comes from SCORE, a national organization dedicated to assisting small business owners. The partnership with SCORE was incorporated after Kaiser brought his idea to Heather Howiler, training and development manager for Heights Libraries. "I learned about [SCORE] at a Public Library Association convention in Philadelphia," Howiler explained. "SCORE is a group of experienced business leaders in the community who offer free support to individuals who are interested in starting their own business." SCORE will be providing the series speakers, people from the community who have owned businesses in the Heights.

In addition to new staff hires at the library, the unemployment rate was another inspiration for these classes. "With unemployment over eight percent in most areas, many unemployed people are looking at owning and operating a small business as a way of providing for themselves and their families. Many successful small businesses, and even some that became Fortune 500 companies, started during poor economic times,” said Kaiser.

The series will take place at the Lee Road Library every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., from Oct. 10 through Nov. 14. The series will feature a variety of topics designed to help those who already have a business and those who are in the planning stages.

Oct. 10 : ABCs of Starting a Business

Oct. 17 : Writing a Successful Business Plan

Oct. 24 : Funding

Oct. 31 : Location, Location, Location

Nov. 7 : Marketing

Nov. 14 : True Confessions

For more information about this series, and others offered at Heights Libraries, visit or call 216-932-3600.

Anna Register

Anna Register is the marketing assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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