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April 14, 2010 > Alameda County Library News: Build your business with Alameda County Library

Alameda County Library News: Build your business with Alameda County Library

Start or expand a business using resources and workshops offered at Alameda County libraries.

Newark Library is hosting free monthly business workshops on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn the building blocks of effective business plans with Shannon Penn at Newark Library on Saturday, April 17. A business plan is a must for every business to provide a foundation for growth, financing, and communicating with employees, vendors and customers.

At Home-Based Businesses on Saturday, May 15, Carolyn Johnson discusses whether you are an entrepreneur suited to operating a business from home, how to choose a business based on trends, talents and skills and starting up.

Marketing is the workshop topic on June 12. Larry Tessler teaches avenues for finding new business, including online options.

Registration is required for all workshops. Sign up at the Information Desk at Newark Library (6300 Civic Terrace Avenue, Newark, 94560), call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20 or e-mail

Alameda County Library has many online and print resources for small business. Search "new business enterprises" and "home-based businesses" by subject in the library catalog to find books on starting and managing a business, including accounting, finance, marketing, taxes and more. Check out guides to starting specific businesses such as eBay, landscaping or web design.

You can also browse Newark Library's Small Business Collection for inspiration and help. (Fremont, Union City and other libraries will have similar collections in future.) Fremont has an extensive collection of specialized business resources. For help using them make an appointment with Gertrude Rooshan by calling (510) 745-1440 or e-mailing

Numerous online resources are available at under Business and Investments. The Small Business Resource Center helps you start, manage or finance small business and includes sample business plans. NetLibrary includes numerous business eBooks. Find individual and business to business prospects using Reference USA. Other resources cover industry trends and overviews, the global marketplace, statistics and demographics and local business news.

To find business workshops at any Alameda County Library, select Business/Jobs under Events at or check branch calendars. The highly-rated PowerSelling on eBay workshop will be held April 24 at Dublin Library and in June 15 and 21 at Fremont Library. In person or online, Alameda County Library offers infinite possibilities for business success.

Barbara Telford-Ishida, Adult Services Librarian, Alameda County Library/Newark or (510) 795-2627 x20 or

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