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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

Celebrate Entrepreneurship at Naperville Public Library during Small Business Week

Every year since 1963, the U. S. Small Business Administration recognizes the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and small business advocates from across the nation through National Small Business Week. This year’s Small Business Week is being held from April 29 through May 5, and will begin with an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where national award winners (including the naming of this year’s national Small Business Person of the Year) will be recognized and awarded for their achievements.

In addition, all 68 district offices of the SBA will be holding events this year, with many are doing multiple events during the week for the small business community they represent. Some of these will be available online through the SBA website.

For the sixth year in a row, Naperville Public Library’s business startup center and coworking space, NaperLaunch, will mark Small Business Week with workshops and programs to educate and inform small business owners, in order to foster business success.

This year the week’s events will culminate with the finals of the Business Plan and Pitch competition and the NaperLaunch Business Showcase. During Business Plan and Pitch Competition finals, local entrepreneurs will pitch their plan publicly for judging by a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and angel investors. These finalists are vying for a $4,050 cash award.

NaperLaunch members may reserve a table to display information about their business during the Business Showcase.

The public is invited to take part in the events on Saturday, May 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please join us at the Nichols Library during Small Business Week. This year’s events are listed on the NaperLaunch Website, www.naperlaunch.org.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 08:45

Advantages of the NaperLaunch Coworking Space

Demand for coworking space has continued to rise dramatically in 2017 and is forecast to do so again in 2018. An online search for trends in coworking will return dozens of articles expounding on the subject, all indicating that in many places around the world, the number of facilities and the amount of office space devoted to coworking has doubled in 2017 and the expectation is that such facilities will continue to expand in number and size in 2018.

One trend that remains somewhat unique is finding coworking space in a public library. While there are examples of this public space increasing as well, there are still only a small percentage of public libraries offering a space that is rich in amenities and conducive to the support of startup entrepreneurs.

Free Work Space

At Naperville Public Library, a coworking space was opened in 2015 as part of NaperLaunch, a business startup services center at the library’s downtown location, the Nichols Library. Over the past 2.5 years, the space has served thousands of “coworkers”, new entrepreneurs and local workers who have found an office space to meet their needs. At NPL, this facility is connected to an impressive array of supporting services and programs that have helped quite a few business startups in Naperville and surrounding communities.

Since using this space is free of charge, it is a welcome solution for many startups facing the challenge of earmarking their already thinly stretched capital for office space instead of growing a customer base that generates needed revenue.

Networking and Collaboration

Additionally, the space at NPL offers opportunities for networking and collaboration between the various users of the space. A new entrepreneur’s visibility is thus increased just as new business operations are starting up and market awareness is perhaps the greatest need.

The program offering at NaperLaunch is a rich mix of presentation, instruction and participatory events. Meetups, roundtables and small business workshops are available every week and cover all aspects of starting up and running a business in Illinois. Mentoring services are also available.

Through these events, NaperLaunch members meet and associate with other entrepreneurial-minded individuals and build a strong startup community.

Office Equipment and Technology

The library’s Tech Buffet that is located nearby also offers access to state of the art technologies that can be used to create marketing videos and other marketing materials such as buttons, fliers and etched glass give-aways (as examples), and 3D-printed prototypes of products. Access to standard office equipment is also available, such as printers, fax transmissions (outbound), copiers and scanners. The use of only some of these services incurs any costs, and when it does, it is minimal.

Free Wi-Fi

With free Wi-Fi and in-table access to power and USB charging capabilities, the coworking space accommodates the use of portable electronic devices, such as tablets, laptops and telephones. Coworkers are in a pooled office environment, so telephones may be used in the room. Otherwise, most workers are tuned into their own music sources, heads down and working privately.

The coworking space at NaperLaunch has proven to be a good solution for many coworkers in the area. Come on by and take advantage the convenient location!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 08:30