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The world of small business can be terrifying. But it can also be very rewarding.
Being your own boss can sound like a dream. You can make your own hours, your own rules, and most importantly, you’ll never get called in for a meeting with your boss to discuss your mistakes.
However, owning your own business is no cake walk. That’s where the Columbus Metropolitan Library comes in. If you’ve been dreaming of taking your weekend hobby to the next level, or you’ve got an idea you think the city just can’t live without, you need to check out the upcoming business classes that the library will be offering.
Starting a Small Business, a class offered once per month through May, will teach you how to use the library’s online resource to write your own business plan, choose industry codes, and research similar competitors and companies. The courses are offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on January 16, February 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8.
Want to get better at identifying potential customers or learn how to find industry reports that help you target your market? Market Research for Entrepreneurs is offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15.
In addition to those classes, a Business Speaker Series will be available. The series will feature several local entrepreneurs, who will be sharing their business advice with the group. Speakers include John Weaver from Stansbury Weaver, Mike Alber, an experienced financial officer, Chef Kuukua Yomekpe from Asempe Kitchen, Paul Proffitt from the SunDown Group, and Katya Philmore from Splendor Revival.
The schedule for the Experience Entrepreneur series is as follows:
- Starting Your Business: Legal Structures and Business Registration
Tuesday, January 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The class will feature John Weaver, a partner at Stansbury Weaver, a law firm that specializes in startups and high-growth. Weaver will teach you the ropes when it comes to the legalities of owning a business, as well as how to register your business.
- Small Business Finance
Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Financial officer Mike Albert has a passion for small business. This course will teach you what to look for in business finances and how to plan long-term.
- The Startup Experience: Asempe Kitchen
Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Asempe Kitchen’s chef, Kuukua Yomekpe will share her experience in starting a food business.
- Reaching Your Customers: Turning Research into Strategy
Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Chair of SunDown Group, Paul Proffitt, will be teaching how to put your market research to good use, in an actionable plan that helps you reach your target customers.
- The Startup Experience: Splendor Revival
Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Splendor Revival is a boutique that sells vintage goods, handcrafted items, jewelry, and more. Owner and curator Katya Philmore will share her experience of starting a business here in the capital city.
In the spirit of the new year, maybe it’s time to take that risk you’ve been mulling over. Take advantage of the information the library is providing and take one more step towards your goal of being your own boss, supporting your community through local business, and becoming an entrepreneur.
Good luck, business owners of Columbus! We’re rooting for you!
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