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Small Business Information Panel for the Public

Starting a small business takes time, energy, and the right information. Where do you start? What do you need? How do you do it? To provide a starting point for entrepreneurs to find the information, resources, and contacts they need to successfully start or grow a business, the Longview Public Library is hosting a Small Business Information Panel, free and open to the public, April 23 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. You can get answers to your questions about starting and growing your small business including: planning, zoning, permitting, financing, training, marketing, and more.

Representatives from the City of Longview, SCORE Vancouver, Lower Columbia College, Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce, Red Canoe, Fibre Federal, The Daily News, and more will be able to answer your questions and give you the information you are looking for. Learn what each organization does and how you can get help and guidance through any phase of your business building activities.

Each panel member will describe what the department or organization he/she belongs to does, or can do, and then the audience will be given the opportunity to ask their questions. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the who, what, where, and how of starting or growing their own business.

Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners can then find more help in the Small Business Hub at the Longview Public Library. The print collection emphasizes Start Ups, Finances, and Management and Growth while the dedicated Small Business Research databases help identify competitors, sources of supply, sales prospects, demographics, and industry trends. Our new Small Business Builder database will even help you create printable business and financial plans for your new venture. There is also information for local activities, classes, and contacts for starting your business right.

If you have any questions or would like to get a tour of the space and resources, call Elizabeth Partridge at 360.442.5321.

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