Business programs available at your library

Use library resources and attend events to build skills, do research, look for a job, consider new career paths and more.

Small Business Consultations

LegalCORPS Small Business Consultations

Minneapolis Central Library
July 11 & 23, Aug. 8 & 22; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Southdale Library
July 10, Aug. 14; 4-6 p.m.

 SCORE® Small Business Consultations

Brookdale Library  
July 26, Aug. 23; 1-4 p.m.

Maple Grove Library
July 12, August 2; 1-4 p.m.

Minneapolis Central Library
July 11 & 25, Aug. 8 & 22; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Plymouth Library
July 11, Aug. 8;  3-6 p.m.

Southdale Library
July 10, Aug. 14; 4-6 p.m.

Small Business Administration One-to-One Counseling

Minneapolis Central Library
July 11 & 25, Aug. 8 & 22; 10 a.m.-noon

Southdale Library
July 10, Aug. 14; 4-6 p.m.

Small Business Classes

Basic Steps to Starting a Small Business
A representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will discuss the SBA loan programs, procurement and exporting, business plans, and mentoring. Time for Q&A. Presented in partnership with U.S. SBA.
Minneapolis Central Library
July 6, Aug. 3; noon-1 p.m.

Thinking About Business
This workshop is for beginning entrepreneurs who are thinking about going into business. The workshop will touch on things to consider before going into business as well as assist with building an Action Plan for preparing to transition into being a business owner. Presented in partnership with Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON).
Minneapolis Central Library
July 12, 6-8:30 p.m.


Patent Workshop for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
Hennepin County Library's Patent & Trademark Resource Center at Minneapolis Central serves all of Minnesota. Library staff will cover intellectual property basics, the patent process and how to do a preliminary patent search.

Minneapolis Central Library
Aug. 2, 4:30-6 p.m.

Southdale Library
July 13, 7-8:30 p.m.

Financial Literacy

Finance 101 Series

Learn introductory materials on how to invest and save for a secure financial future. In this financial foundation education series, learn how to make money work better for you, find and save more money, understand investments and build wealth, and protect and preserve your money. Presented in collaboration with World System Builder (WSB).

All classes held at Brookdale Library
Wednesdays, June 28, July 12 & 26, Aug. 9 & 23
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Retirement Planning, June 28
Wealth Preservation, July 12
Building a Business in the Financial Industry, July 26
Introduction, Aug. 9
Finance 101: Increase Cash Flow & Debt Management, Aug. 23

Work of Art Series

Presented in collaboration with Springboard for the Arts. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All classes held at Northeast Library, Fridays, 1-3:30 p.m.

Portfolio Kit for Artists
Your portfolio is the core of your promotional material. Focus on the essential elements: sharpening your artist statement, tailoring your artistic résumés, and selecting and formatting your work samples. June 23

Marketing for Artists
Define your product, discover your target audience, make decisions about how you sell your work, and identify a budget and strategy for your artistic business. June 30

Social Media Basics for Artists
Using Facebook and Twitter examples, learn core functionality, best practices and exercises to help you build an online strategy for your artistic business. July 14.

Pricing for Artists
Discover an analytical approach to defining key elements that will help you calculate the costs and prices of your art for a variety of markets. July 21

Recordkeeping for Artists
Learn how to track revenues and expenses, make informed projections, and gain a clearer understanding of your artistic business finances. July 28

Legal Considerations for Artists
Obtain general information about your intellectual property, contract basics and structuring your artistic business. Aug. 4

Funding for Artists
Diversify your funding streams as well as understand the essential elements of researching and writing grants that appeal to potential funders of your art. Aug. 11

Business Plans for Artists
Learn how to prepare a simple business plan, in arts-friendly language, to help you organize all the various aspects of your artistic practice and make informed business decisions. Aug. 18

Books about business and economics

More business and employment resources at your library

Save the date for this fall event: Entrepreneur Expo: Cultivating Today’s Small Businesses & Tomorrow’s Big Ideas

Minneapolis Central Library
Thursday, October 12
8-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45-9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker
9:45-10:15 a.m. Break/Exhibitors
10:15-11:45 a.m. Panel Discussions
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch/Exhibitors
1-2 p.m. Workshops
2-2:30 p.m. Break/Exhibitors
2:30-3:30 p.m. Workshops