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PPLC Program Guide

Pinellas County Libraries as Small Business Incubators

The Bureau of Library Development Division of Library and Information Services, Florida Department of State, has been high-lighting business development services offered in your Pinellas Public Libraries. Click here to view the most recent services.

Public Libraries in Pinellas County join the Florida State Library and libraries around the world by promoting libraries as places within communities where people can explore ideas to initiate and grow their own small businesses.

Innovators have the opportunity to use public library meeting rooms, resources and equipment to brainstorm and refine their ideas with the assistance of others who have expertise and are willing to share their time and talent.

As more print resources move online, entrepreneurs can access vital information from the library to start or grow their businesses from any place at any time.

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Collaborations between public libraries and the business sector go hand in hand. Public libraries have supported small business growth for decades by offering start-up information in a variety of formats, supporting job placement activities and well as workforce development opportunities. Public libraries have long supported small business growth by offering:

  • Start-upinformation
  • Job placement support
  • Workforce development opportunities Libraries in the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative (PPLC) embrace their role as community hubs where people can plan and grow their own small businesses.

Workshops and one-on-one sessions with experts offer more opportunities to receive specialized knowledge and valuable feedback.

Entrepreneurs use library meeting rooms, resources and equipment to help brainstorm and refine ideas.

Public Library Resources

PPLC's libraries provide entrepreneurs with many helpful resources, including:

  • Shared work spaces
  • Free high speed Internet connections Free databases that focus in on local needs
  • Access to low- or no-cost equipment to test and initiate new business ideas
  • 3-D printers in idea labs and maker spaces — and more!
  • Business training
  • Computer training
  • Online Resources

Entrepreneurs can access vital information through the library from anywhere, any time.

An especially good example is Clearwater Public Library System's Small Business Guide links to a wealth of material on topics like:

  • Business plans
  • Marketing
  • Codes, laws and public records
  • Trademark searches
  • Local business contacts
  • Partnerships

Partnerships with other organizations make it easy for PPLC's libraries to offer small business workshops and counseling to entrepreneurs.

Several Pinellas County libraries partner with SCORE, while Clearwater Public Library System partners with Clearwater Business SPARK.

Workshops cover a wide range of subjects, from general to specific. Previous workshops include:

  • Bootcamp 4 Entrepreneurs
  • Elements of the Marketing Plan
  • Franchising 101
  • ETSY Craft Entrepreneurship
  • Establishing a Home-Based Business
  • Pricing for Profit
  • Web Presence for Your Business
  • Entrepreneurs interested in SCORE counseling can choose a mentor with particular skills or industry experience.

 

Special Events at the Pinellas Talking Book Library

Low Vision Support Group — Thursday, April 14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Pinellas Council of the Blind-Low vision meets at the Talking Book Library.

Accessible Technology — Monday, April 18, 2:00-3:00 pm. at the Largo Public Library. Learn how to make computers and other technology more accessible for low-vision users. Presented by the Pinellas Talking Book Library. FMI contact Abby Sheehan at (727) 441-9958.

 

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