3/15/2013Overview of Business & Career Library’s Business Programs and ServicesData for City Hall Testimony on April 16, 2012Brooklyn Public Librarys Business & Career Library plays a pivotal role in the economiclife of the borough. In recognition of the ever more important issues of economicdevelopment and to support the ever increasing needs of Brooklyn’s residents seekingeither employment or self- employment, BPL recently merged its job and educationservices with it business resources to establish the Business & Career Library (B&CL).All materials, staff and programming are now housed under one roof at 280 CadmanPlaza West, site of the Business Library for the last 50 years. Entrepreneurs and jobseekers can now easily access, in one place, an array of information and services whichgive them the tools they need to succeed.Business program statistics, FY 2011, including one on one consultations, workshops,and seminars • 501 Sessions • 6967 AttendanceSample Program Series for Business Owners and Aspiring Entrepreneurs (figures inparentheses indicate number served). • Marketing with New Technology Series: Email Marketing, Blogging, Crowdsourcing, Marketing with Mobile Apps, (198) • Start Smart Series: How to Start a Specialty Food Business; How to Start a Fashion Business; How to Start Day Care Business (185) • You Can Do It Too Entrepreneur Series: Success Stories from Brooklyn Business Owners (157) • Entrepreneur Expo: Meet & greet with business service and assistance providers; meet with business mentors. (175) • Legal Ease Series: Hiring Employees, Keeping Records, Paying Taxes (189) • Using Google Tools to Grow your Business (160) • Start Up Series: How to Start a Business, How to Start a Non-Profit (261) • Tech Essentials with Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (115) • Financial Empowerment Fair 90 • Money Matters Series: Lenders’ Roundtable; Crowd Funding for Start Ups (90) • Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs with Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (87)Ongoing Consultation Services and Library Tours in Partnership with OtherOrganizations (figures indicate number served). • One on one business counseling with SCORE (233) • One on one legal counseling for entrepreneurs offered quarterly through the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (88) • One on one financial counseling in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. Financial Empowerment Center - started FY 2012, no statistics • One on one computer coaching and classes (194)
3/15/2013 • Department of Labor Self Employment Assistance Program Orientations with introductions to Library resources (605) • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce New Member Orientations and introduction to Library resources (239) Testimonials from PowerUP! business owners regarding BPL excerpted frommagazine articles.“Start-Up Help at Your Local Library”Inc. Magazine.com June 3, 2010Stacey Toussaint, President and CEO of Inside Out Tours, Inc. won $15,000 for havinga first place plan to launch a cultural tourism company, offering bus and walking tours ofNYC, specializing in Brooklyn. Toussaint said The goal of entering and winning thebusiness plan competition gave us an incentive to take classes at BPLs BusinessLibrary and utilize Brooklyns small business centers rather than just rely on our ownresources. We received training in marketing, creating financial statements, and writing abusiness plan. We also made valuable connections with other competition participantsthat have resulted in strategic relationships.Runner up Elissa Olin, Founder & Owner of Green in BKLYN , an eco-friendly homegoods & gift shop in Clinton Hill said The prize money was the most visible andrecognized resource…. But an even longer lasting influence on the success of thebusiness has been the media support and coverage. It gave us a leg up and created notonly a buzz, but momentum, which has been instrumental in the success of the businessin its first and, typically, most difficult year. Sales [are] up…. more than 60% higheryear-to-year."The Library Helped Me Start My Business"Women’s Day March 15, 2008The great thing about the Brooklyn Public Library Business Library is they not onlysponsor this contest, but also give valuable workshops on how to write your businessplan, a workshop on the resources at the library, and provide lists of outside resources tohelp start your business. It is a one-stop shop….. The resources I found most helpful atthe library were the ability to reserve business books online and conduct industry-specific research through the librarys database, which also can be accessed from homewith a library card and a pin code; the numerous workshops offered by professionals insubjects such as marketing, accounting, organization, time management, business planbasics; and last but not least, the valuable advice of the librarians.