Business Services Blog

Posted by juliekittredge on 06/08/15
We are delighted to share with you a new monthly series of testimonials from local business owners. We asked them just two questions and they happily shared ways the library's resources have had a direct impact on their business! Please enjoy our first testimonial from Jenny, and let us know if you want to share your own experiences as a library customer and small business owner!
1.)          What business services have you used here at the library?
I have used the one-on-one appointments available at AHML to develop an online presence for my interior decorating business, Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny. Julie was professional and personable and helped me devise the best action plan for me.
We developed an action plan that included setting up my website, Facebook page, Pinterest and Instagram accounts. Julie took the time to show me how to set them up as well as put them to practical use on my own.
2.)          What impact did using the library’s business services have on your business?
The services offered at AHML had a huge positive impact on my business. I now have a solid online presence where clients and potential clients can see my work. The website lets people see my work and learn a little about me. Facebook is a way to reach out and show the latest trends or tips on affordable decorating ideas. Pinterest has become a great resource for me to get ideas for projects and to collaborate with my clients. 
Instagram in particular has been a huge springboard for me to connect with other decorators and designers from all over the country! I am now friends with designers whose work has been featured in popular magazines. I follow people who encourage, inspire and support my passion for decorating.
Because of using the business services offered at the library, my decorating business reaches thousands of people that I could have never reached on my own!
It's great business to use the library! Contact Julie if the library's services have had an impact on your business and you would like to participate in this monthly series of testimonials!
Posted by juliekittredge on 06/04/15
Are you subscribed to our e-newsletter? We send monthly content that your business can use right in your in-box! Make sure you don't miss anything we are doing for you in Business Services! Subscribe right here and you'll get our next newsletter this week!
Posted by juliekittredge on 06/02/15
Our regular Co-working Connection is tomorrow! Come join us for a time of meeting other local business owners, making connections, possibily collaborating on projects, supporting the entrepreneural lifestyle and not working alone!  At 10 am, a Business Services Specialist will be demonstrating how your business can get targeted marketing mailing lists from Reference USA, one of our most popular databases! Hope to see you in the morning!
Posted by businessservices on 05/20/15
Instagram, the mobile photo sharing app can be an excellent addition to your social media toolbox. To learn more about how to use Instagram for marketing your business view the presentation below or schedule an appointment with the Business Services staff.
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/20/15
Entrepreneurs notoriously have to do everything in their business to get it up to speed. Limited cash flow in the early stages makes it hard to discern what to do yourself and what to hire out. This presentation focused on tips and ideas on how to think through what you must do yourself and what could be delegated. We also discussed how this can look different for every business, there is no one-size fits all, but this program provided the groundwork to begin thinking through the details. Please enjoy the slides and if you want additional assistance from Business Services specifically for your business, please request a one-on-one appointment!
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/04/15
Come join us next week for this brand new Business Bytes program focused on the Start-up Entrepreneur or Business Owner who is overwhelmed with all the hats he/she has to wear in the business day-to-day.Entrepreneurs notoriously have to do everything in their business to get it up to speed. Limited cash flow in the early stages makes it hard to discern what to do yourself and what to hire out. Come get some suggestions from someone who wishes she’d done it differently.
Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am  Business Center        Register here
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/20/15
We've recently created a new welcome video for Business services! Please feel free to view and share. At just a little over one minute, it's short and to the point. We want to be part of your community and help your business grow. Come see us!
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/16/15
We meet with small business owners on a daily basis who need to create an online presence but don't know where to start. Or a business has a website but needs to include a social media presence. The use of consistent imagery is a great way to unify your look across the various platforms of your business. From Facebook Pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, your website, business cards, and LinkedIn, it's important to have consistency so you have a professional and recognizable presence. A unified look might include:
  • using the same profile picture (this can be your headshot or a logo).
  • using the same color scheme
  • using the same tag line
  • using the same header image
Just a few simple tweeks will help create a seamless presence for your business. Set up an appointment with a Business Services Specialist if you need some assistance!
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/09/15
Money Smart Week is just a few days away and we've planned something special for our community of entrepreneurs!
Every business wants to grow, but growth can be tricky for the entrepreneur. Should you consider business financing? What do you need to be aware of when deciding to get a loan? We've invited a local business banker from Village Bank & Trust to provide insight and tips regarding financial considerations for the growing small business. Join us Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Register online.
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/02/15
We are entering a new season in Business Services! Based on the survey results from 2014, we heard you wanted more remote services, opportunities for education via video streaming, and recorded classes. We listened and are in the process of developing new services to meet your needs for accessibility. This year we'll be adding:
  • Remote one-on-one appointments via Skype or Google Hangouts.
  • Monthly Video-Bytes which will be brief 3 minute videos created by Business Services staff with practical tips, tools and resources that you can use in your business.
  • Lunch-Bytes Webinars beginning in July for social media marketing and technology tips instruction.
  • Co-working Connection offered twice a month creating a space for local business owners to collaborate and network.
We would love to hear from you regarding topics you want to hear about for the video series. Please email Julie with your feedback!
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If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

6.012 Patron-Generated Content

The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
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