What Small Businesses Need From Your Library to Succeed

Date(s) - 04/27/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am




The support of a healthy business community is important for the vitality of libraries. However, business owners, working 24-7 can be difficult to coax to
the library to use the resources, let alone attend events.

Libraries tend to focus on teaching business hopefuls how to fill out forms for licenses and taxes and how to conduct market research via databases and reference books. Worthy efforts, but business owners need more.

Regardless of the type of enterprise, the bigger challenges include personnel issues (hiring, supervising, and firing), building teams, vendor relationships, insurance, getting personal and business finances in order, raising money, and setting and meeting goals. Family-owned businesses need help with governance and succession. And all business owners should understand money issues beyond simple bookkeeping, such as how it’s possible to look like you have money in profit-and-loss statement, but you may be broke by the end of the month (they need to know this information BEFORE they seek funding).

Topics include understanding the world from a business owner’s point of view, typical mistakes, legal and financial advice, partnering with community groups, business owner outreach, issues for speakers and collections, and building business-oriented advisory boards.


Biography ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978. Pat has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years.  She also has experience as a consultant for small businesses and sole proprietorships. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

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