Reviews and Blog Posts: small business

Plaza Voices: Making It in America

Photograph of Fetien, owner of Konjo Catering

Did you know that we have over 75 unique neighborhoods in Denver? We speak 145 different languages here! In our city, every immigrant has a story, and every community has a voice. The "How I Made It" program series broadcasts immigrant voices and sparks conversations between immigrants and native-born communities--about success and innovation, hard work and inspiration, challenges and opportunities. About making it here in America.

August means Business at the CTC

If you're in business, by which I mean there’s anything you promote, sell or raise awareness about something, be it a product, an event, an idea or an organization, you should probably plan on being at the library a lot next month.

We might as well dub August “Business Month” at the Community Technology Center because we’ve got a whole slew of classes where you’ll learn mad business skills, some about crafting a strategy and learning concrete techniques for successfully marketing yourself online (Marketing with Social Media, Facebook: Business Pages), some about building and running your own free blog or website (Wordpress), some about analyzing the data you capture to put it to work for you.   For your learning pleasure:

Like! New Facebook Classes on Privacy, Security and Business Pages.

Facebook

There’s so much more to Facebook than simply where to click and who to friend. Almost since its inception, Facebook has been criticized for its lax privacy stance. Someone (Mark Zuckerberg?) must have taken the criticism to heart because the recent Facebook privacy changes have

given users more control than ever before over Who Sees What, and how users can guard themselves against unwanted Sharing.We’ve put together an entire class called Facebook: Privacy and Security, dedicated exclusively to learning about what you can do to be as protected as possible and still enjoy socializing* on the biggest social network the world has ever seen.This class will become a monthly regular in the Community Technology Center’s offerings- catch the first one on

Marketing With Social Media

social media lady

Have you been wondering how to advertise your small business using tools like Facebook?  Check out some basic tips to help get your social media marketing plan started!

One of the first things you need to consider when you start using social media to advertise your small business is your media strategy.  Think about questions like, "How often do I need to post?"  "What kinds of posts would appeal to my market?"  "How do I get maximum engagement from the people who are following me?"  Think about who will be writing the posts and who will be reading them. 

Salads, Business, and Dogs!

Salads

You have your choice of 3 Fresh City Life My Branch events this Saturday, June 30, at 2 p.m. What do you love most: summer salads, your small business, or your dog?

Monica Kadillak is back with her popular Summer Salads class at the Ross-University Hills Branch. Get some ideas for cool summer meals or sides that your whole family will love. They're healthy, too! Recipes and samples included.

Social Media and Your Nonprofit Panel Discussion

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A free panel discussion will help you get started.

Where: Central Library — Level 4 Training Room
When: May 18, 2011, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Class size is limited, so RSVP to lflavin@denverlibrary.org or call 720-865-1363.

Are you wondering how social networking can benefit your nonprofit? Then consider the following figures from Erik Qualman's Socialnomics:

Businesses Beware!

When I opened the letter addressed to my small business, it looked like an official government mailing. It even cited a section of the Colorado Revised Statutes (a touch only a government documents librarian might appreciate). After closer inspection of this mailing from an entity calling itself the "Corporate Controllers Unit," I surmised they were trying to prey upon people who didn't have the time or skills to decipher a con.

I made plans to expose this bogus use of C.R.S. sections 7-90-301 and 7-90-501 as soon as possible. Other outraged businesses have beat me to it. Here is part of an April 4th News Alert sent out from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State:

Local First Week

Buy Local Week continues on throughout the week! Not only do you have fun shopping in your own fair city, the revenue that shopping local brings to the city and the state benefits vital city services, such as the library! Where is your favorite place to shop that is locally owned?

Ever wonder why we buy what we do? These books explore the psychology of consumer behavior:

Libraries Mean Business!!!

It's our 11th year! The SBA Small Business Resource Fair will be back at the Central Library on Thursday, August 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  It's free and open to any and all who own or who are thinking about opening a business.

Need to know how to find free and low cost resources to help you grow or start your business?  In the Level B2 Conference Center of the Library you will have a chance to meet with the banks, microlenders (folks that will lend a small amount of money), and others who want to help you SUCCEED.  In other parts of the Library we will have programs covering such topics as business certification (why you need it and how to get it) and how to get government contracts.  Also, this usually turns out to be a great networking opportunity to meet other small business owners and for you t

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