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Today’s Producers

Jennifer Peterson

WebJunction Community Manager

Kendra Morgan

WebJunction Senior Program Manager

webjunction and melsa the metropolitan library service agency minnesota
WebJunction and MELSA, the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, Minnesota

Melinda Ludwiczak

MELSA Project Manager

Libraries, Jobs and Small Business Webinar Series

2011

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Metropolitan Library Service Agency

St. Paul, Minnesota

Serves 8 Library Systems

Anoka County LibraryRamsey County Library

Carver County Library St. Paul Public Library

Dakota County Library Scott County Library

Hennepin County Library Washington County Library

melsa jobs and small business task force service philosophy
MELSA Jobs and Small Business Task Force Service Philosophy

Collaborate with community partners

Establish a seamless entry system

Where every door is the right door

small business initiatives
Small Business Initiatives

Invite small business support organizations to Task Force meetings.

Small business workshops offered by community partners at MELSA libraries.

Small business online resource center and business plan tool.

Cross training for community partner staff and counselors.

helping create small businesses in america
Helping Create Small Businesses in America

Tom Schaefer SCORE mentor

May 2011

who is score
Who Is SCORE?
  • About SCORE
  • SCORE was formed in 1964 as a resource partner of the Small Business Administration whose mission is to help aspiring and existing businesses succeed.
  • Facts
    • 13,000 volunteers across 360 chapters
    • 360,000 people served annually
    • 58,600 new businesses created in 2010
    • 71,400 jobs created in 2010 (1 in 7 SCORE clients creates a job)
what is the key b usiness d river in america small business
What is the key business driver in America? Small Business
  • 27 million small businesses in America
    • 99% of all employers
    • Most less than $100,000 in annual sales (~75%)
  • Key to job growth
    • About ½ of private workforce employed by small business
what are the important success factors for small business success
What are the important success factors for small business success?
  • Many factors necessary for success
    • A business idea with a competitive edge
    • A sound business plan
    • Strong marketing
    • Legal structure
    • Management
  • A small business can’t be expert in all areas – it needs a team of advisors to help
score helps fill the gaps in expertise
SCORE: Helps Fill the Gaps in Expertise
  • Retired and working counselors
    • Real-world experience managing and leading
      • Both small and large companies
    • Expertise in specialty areas
      • Finance
      • Marketing
      • Human Resources
      • Management
      • Often work in teams tailored to client’s needs
minnesota score
Minnesota SCORE
  • Where are we?

Minneapolis

Willmar & Worthington areas and New Ulm

Red Wing

and Cannon Falls area

Rochester

Albert Lea, Austin & Owatonna

Central Minnesota

St. Cloud, Alexandria, Park Rapids, Brainerd Lakes

St. Paul

Lake Superior area

Burnsville/S. Metro

score has a seven year national goal
SCORE has a seven year national goal!
  • To help create one million new businesses
score will provide
SCORE will provide:
  • Mentoring

SCORE will provide free face-to-face counseling through its 13,000 volunteers across all its 360 chapters

  • Workshops

SCORE will offer a myriad of educational workshops covering all aspects of a new business – business planning, financing, marketing, etc.

  • Roundtables

SCORE will host facilitated peer sessions to small groups of entrepreneurs

score will also
SCORE will also:
  • Help established businesses through. . .
    • Ongoing free counseling to business owners
    • Assisting business owners to think through complex issues
    • Steering owners to the best resources for solving technical challenges
    • Being a sounding board for what is sometimes a lonely job
score offerings include
SCORE offerings include:
  • Workshops
    • Going into Business
    • Business Plan Development
    • Marketing for Success
    • QuickBooks
    • Using the Web to Grow Your Business
    • Managing Tax Requirements
    • Simple Steps (For Start Ups)

as an example…

score simple steps for start ups
SCORE Simple Steps For Start Ups
  • A series of pre-business workshops designed to help clients get to a “go or no go” decision for their business. Homework and counseling are a part of the workshop process.
      • Session 1: Business Basics
      • Session 2: Business Concepts
      • Session 3: Marketing
      • Session 4: Financial Projections
      • Session 5: Funding Sources and Next Steps
  • These classes blend counseling with ongoing mentoring
when your clientele asks about help for going into business you can
When your clientele asks about help for going into business you can:
    • Discuss SCORE
    • Recommend they call the local SCORE office
    • Help the client complete a Request For Assistance card
  • Also:
    • Display SCORE literature
    • Set up with SCORE on site counselors
    • Coordinate the use of your facility for selected training
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Make SCORE

Your First Source of

BUSINESS ADVICE

www.score.org

libraries partnering to support small business entrepreneurs

Nancy Corcoran

Senior Librarian

Hennepin County Library

St. Anthony Library

Libraries Partnering to Support Small Business & Entrepreneurs

May 17, 2011

why support small business
Why Support Small Business?

Thriving small businesses contribute to a healthy local and national economy

Small business opportunities offer a viable alternative for the unemployed

Libraries provide unique resources that might otherwise be unavailable to many small businesses

hennepin county library services to small business owners entrepreneurs
Hennepin County Library Services to Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
  • Extensive Print & Online Resources
    • Small Business Subject Guide
    • Electronic Databases
  • Accessible Technology and Instruction
  • Staff Expertise
  • Meeting & Gathering Spaces
  • Events & Classes
  • Jobs & Small Business Centers
  • Strong Partnerships
small business partners service providers examples from hennepin county library
Small Business Partners & Service Providers Examples from Hennepin County Library
  • Service & Professional Organizations
    • SCORE
    • LegalCorps
    • Bar Associations
small business partners service providers examples from hennepin county library1
Small Business Partners & Service Providers Examples from Hennepin County Library

Government Agencies – local, state and national

  • City of Minneapolis - Community Planning & Economic Development
  • SBA, SBDC’s, Women’s Business Centers, IRS
  • Economic or Community Development Agencies
  • State or County Law Libraries
  • Planning Departments
  • Licensing Agencies
small business partners service providers examples from hennepin county library2
Small Business Partners & Service Providers Examples from Hennepin County Library
  • Community-based organizations
    • NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network
    • MCCD (Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers)
    • Chambers of commerce
    • Neighborhood business organizations
    • Neighborhood development groups
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Small Business Partners & Service Providers Examples from Hennepin County Library

Individual experts

  • Lawyers (Patent, employment law, etc.)
  • Bankers (Business finance, business plans)
  • Accountants (Business Recordkeeping)
  • Authors & columnists
more in the melsa series
More in the MELSA Series:

June 21: Foreclosure, and Bad Credit and No Job, Oh My!

Archived:

Understanding Unemployment Insurance and Impact on Your Library Customers

Working With Your Workforce Center

stay involved
Stay Involved

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webjunction.org/workforce-resources

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webjunction.org/crossroads

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