Libraries are a small business's best friend
Maricopa County Libraries & Online Services Outreach Towards Small Businesses With the increasing popularity of small businesses sprouting up in Arizona, more helpful resources are becoming available from public libraries and online services to help you grow successfully. We’ve compiled a list of organizations and Maricopa County public library services to help build your small businesses.
The Maricopa County Library District is offering a wide variety of resources and events focused on helping small businesses, these resources and events can be found in various public library locations throughout Maricopa County.
Why should you care? Well your tax money goes into keeping public libraries up and running, when you take advantage of them offering services such as these you are, in a sense, getting your money’s worth. These services also allow for communities to come together. In the long run this is helping the local economic development!
The Eureka! Loft at Scottsdale Civic Center Library is an “innovative co-working space” where entrepreneurs and professionals can get help on the path to success. Eureka! loft is free and open to the public, the area is equipped with free Wi-Fi, coworking areas, a collaborative computer station and access to library resources.
Check out these business resource links that Scottsdale Public Library has to offer!
How can they help?
- Rapid Start Up School: Provides tools and knowledge to succeed as an entrepreneur or small business owner.
- Business Mentoring: If you are looking for a business mentor email them at [email protected]
- Monday Morning Business Energizer: Meet with fellow entrepreneurs and self-starters to exchange ideas, share professional feedback and create opportunities for networking. Every Monday @9.
Room rentals at Burton Barr Central Library are available for public use and are perfect for having small to large meetings.
The Hive @ Central is a discovery space for business entrepreneurs that was developed in partnership withASU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group , City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department and Phoenix Public Library.
How can they help?
- The Hive hosts various business events that are free and open to the public.
- Meeting rooms are available for entrepreneurs to meet up and collaborate with other people.
The Mesa THINKSpot, at the Red Mountain Branch, is a collaborative workspace and “makerspace” whose mission is to create innovation through community collaboration.
How can they help?
- Offer workshops such as the ASU Rapid Start Up School: Provides tools and knowledge to succeed as an entrepreneur or small business owner.
- FREE Wifi to conduct your business effectively on a consistent basis.
Glendale city is conducting an inventory of businesses operating in the city and they are providing tons of information to the public on some of the most commonly requested business features. Visit the Glendale Public Library business page for more information.
Here is a list of organizations, put together by The Maricopa County Library District, to help build your small businesses.
The ACA is an economic development organization whose mission is to strengthen Arizona's economy. There Small Business Services programs include:
- Arizona Entrepreneur's Edge: A resource guide to starting, operating and growing a business. This guide provides general information for new business owners and serves as a reference and directory for business of all sizes.
- Checklist Program: Designed to help start,operate and grow a business in Arizona.
The Maricopa SBDC is Arizona’s largest and most accessible statewide source for small businesses. The resources they provide include:
- Various events for businesses throughout the valley such as: Startup Labs, Small Business Academy events, Brown Bag Workshops and Profit Mastery.
- No-cost and confidential business counseling to help businesses succeed.
SCORE’s mission is to educate entrepreneurs and help small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide. They have been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. They provide: