[Michlib-l] LibraryBiz Connect has been busy- here's an update
librarybizconnect at gmail.com
Thu Feb 12 15:41:57 EST 2015
*What is LibraryBiz Connect?*
A grassroots organization comprised of public and academic librarians
working together with business support non-profit organizations to:
- Position public libraries as the local portal for economic
- Connect average businesses to knowledge, data, training and
business counseling in an approachable environment
- Pool regional resources to benefit our local communities
We are not a fee-based organization. We are a group that is committed to
supporting economic development and growth for stronger communities by
utilizing the tools and resources already available in most communities.
*Who are we?*
Current partners include:
Adrian Public Library
Ann Arbor District Library
Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce
Brighton District Library
Canton Public Library
Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
Chelsea District Library
Cromaine District Library
Eastern Michigan University
Gast Business Library – Michigan State University
Genessee District Library Business Center
Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce
Howell Area Chamber of Commerce
Howell Carnegie District Library
Jackson District Library
Kresge Business Administration Library, University of Michigan Ross School
Library of Michigan/Michigan eLibrary (MeL)
Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC)
MMLC (Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative)
Plymouth District Library
Schoolcraft College Business Development Center
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
TLN (The Library Network)
Traverse Area District Library
Washtenaw Community College – Bailey Library
Wayne State University Libraries
*How does the partnership work?*
At its most fundamental, the partnership is successful because of the
relationships we have built with each other. We acknowledge and appreciate
the strengths of our partners and help direct current and potential
business owners to the best organization to meet their needs.
Here is a brief (very simplified) example of how LibraryBiz Connect
partnerships benefit a community:
- A community member comes to the library looking for information on how
to start a business. The librarian directs their community member to the
resources and asks if they would like to sign up for the “How to Start a
Business” workshop being held at the library.
- The community member attends a Small Business Development Center “How
to Start a Business” workshop at their local library.
- The community member then talks to a SCORE counselor who regularly
holds counseling hours at the library.
- While working on a business plan the SCORE counselor can direct the
community member to a librarian for access to business databases and print
- The community member opens a storefront on Main St.
*What have we been doing?*
- Going to conferences and workshops around the state attended
by small business owners and small business support organizations. Talking
to non-librarians about the resources available at local libraries and the
information professionals available to help find the correct information.
- Encouraging business owners to visit their local libraries
for access to business resources
- Encouraging business support organizations to reach out and
develop relationships with their local libraries. Help each other do what
we do best, sharing our resources and network of contacts to help support
- Helping each other! Encouraging libraries to partner with
each other and local business nonprofits. It’s OK not to own everything
and not to know everything.
- Providing partner and interested libraries and business
support organizations with a monthly conference call. A platform for
everyone to ask questions and share successes and challenges.
For more information or to get involved visit our website or social media
Making Data Powerful for Business
We are a grassroots organization made up of librarians and business service
organizations whose mission is to provide access to a network of business
information and support services for new and existing businesses.
[image: LibraryBizConnect] <http://www.librarybizconnect.org>
Bethany Kennedy, MLIS
Director, Access Services
Washtenaw Community College
Bailey Library, GM 111
4800 East Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-4800
email: bakennedy at wccnet.edu
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