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Take Advantage of the Small Business Resource Center

Whether starting a new venture or growing a current business, entrepreneurs need access to information and planning tools to help them achieve their goals. Small Business Resource Center covers the major areas of starting and operating a business, including planning, financing, accounting, taxes, management, human resources and marketing.

This online resource brings together hundreds of sample business plans and the content of 300 small business journals. The content now also includes a wide range of other media and sources:

  • Audio—Listen to or download podcasts and radio shows.
  • Video—Watch videos from CriticalMention, Inc., Press, Inc. and other providers.
  • News—Find content from over 120 local newspapers.
  • Directories—Locate listings for thousands of trade associations, consulting organizations, trade shows, etc.
  • Glossary—Define key business-specific terms for quick reference.
  • EBooks—Browse thousands of topical overviews from over 80 small business reference eBooks from Gale, Wiley, and other publishers.
  • Websites—Access vetted, authoritative and topically relevant links from outside sources.
  • Legal forms—Link directly to small business forms available through Gale LegalForms.

Small Business Resource Center is a comprehensive and useful source for entrepreneurs. You can access it here.

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Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:15

NaperLaunch to celebrate fifth annual Entrepreneur’s Week Sept. 25 - 27

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS – September 12, 2018 – NaperLaunch will celebrate its fifth annual Entrepreneur’s Week with programs at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., designed to explore the foundational concepts, skills and techniques of entrepreneurship.

“Entrepreneurship is not easy and isn’t always so straight forward,” said Kent Palmer, Business Librarian and NaperLaunch facilitator. “Sometimes it helps to hear what others have gone through, which can prepare new startups on how to deal with challenges as they get underway.”

Entrepreneur’s Week kicks off with Women Founder’s Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Three women founders will share their experiences creating a not-for-profit, a franchise and a for-profit business.

Dawn Hershik, Managing Director of Supporting Strategies, says that the biggest challenge of any entrepreneur – male or female – is finding clients.

“It’s something I’m constantly working on,” she said. I think the only way to overcome that challenge is to never stop working at filling the pipeline. You never know when an existing client will leave.

Public speaker Conor Cunneen will present Producing Marketing Videos at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Cunneen, keynote speaker and owner of Irish Man Speaks, has seen his business increase by shooting quick marketing videos on his iPhone.

“As a professional speaker, videos are a critical part of my marketing activity.” said Conor Cuneen. “In October, I will be speaking in Canada and in Bermuda, just two events I have secured because clients found my videos online. Video marketing works for literally any business and can be very inexpensive. You can do it!”

Entrepreneur Week participants may also attend the E-Mail Marketing Lab at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. This will be part of the ongoing Marketing Series at NaperLaunch and will guide entrepreneurs on how to implement an e-mail marketing campaign into their strategies.

Entrepreneur’s Week will conclude with Starting a Not-For-Profit at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Wayne Schreiner, a telecommunications professional with nearly four decades of experience, will explain the process of getting a not-for-profit organization (NFPO) up-and-running in Illinois.

His biggest piece of advice is to get out there and do something.

“Entrepreneurship is about doing, not learning to do. Learning and planning are necessary parts of the path, but up until ‘doing’, you’re still an entrepreneur hopeful,” he said.

NaperLaunch provides a combination of library resources, access to business support services, educational programming and experienced business coaches to help foster business success for entrepreneurs and the Naperville community.

Palmer believes that any entrepreneur – even seasoned veterans – will be able to learn something new at Entrepreneur’s Week.

“We’ve found over the years that long-time entrepreneurs get a good refresher at our Entrepreneurs Week programs and benefit just as much as brand new startup entrepreneurs,” he said.

For more information about Entrepreneur’s Week and NaperLaunch, visit www.naperlaunch.org

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:45

NaperLaunch Entrepreneurs Week 2018

The fall season at NaperLaunch is a time to celebrate entrepreneurship! The fifth annual Entrepreneurs Week will come a little earlier this year -- September 25-27.

The program offerings at this year’s E-Week will also expand in scope to include guidance for not-for-profit organizations and franchising. NFPO’s have always been entrepreneurial in nature and what could be more entrepreneurial than franchising? As always, E-Week will offer some marketing guidance and insights for all entrepreneurs. Three evening programs are planned and open to the public.

To start the celebration, E-Week kicks off on Tuesday night with a Women Founders Night. Three successful women founders who have started three distinct enterprises will talk about their experiences and insights gained when they started up a new franchise, a for-profit business from scratch and a not-for profit organization. All three have overcome challenges to make their enterprises thrive and in their own way each has impacted the local community for good.

All startups and experienced entrepreneurs will want to enhance their marketing plans and strategies. The Wednesday program will highlight using video in a promotional campaign. Three experienced marketers will identify specific ways to economically create and use video.

For those considering starting up or wanting to improve their already started NFPO, don’t miss Thursday night’s program presented by Wayne Schreiner. He will address the ins and outs of organization structure and set up. There are legal issues to be addressed and Wayne will give a good summary of how to prepare and improve a new NFPO structure to have the greatest impact on the mission.

The full slate of events and speaker bios are available on the NaperLaunch website.

Join us in September!

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Monday, August 27, 2018 - 17:15