It has been quite a while since we released a Business Center
newsletter. We have been quite busy recently with planning a new direction for
the Business Center. A lot of our focus has been on getting prepared for the
upcoming renovation here at Central Library. We are excited by this! Once
completed, the Business Center will have expanded capacity to offer private
space for entrepreneurs, business owners or start-ups to hold planning meetings
or simply reserve quiet space with white boards to work on writing a business
plan or strategic plan for your business.
Our collection is planned to remain as robust as it is
today, with the six business research databases we have in our collection,
including Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage and Reference USA as well as the
four investment research databases in our collection, such as Mergent and Value
Line. Of course, our print reference collection is still current and
comprehensive. In fact, we are in the process of updating our print
demographics collection with publisher New Strategist’s “Who’s Buying” Series.
And we are in the process of designing new and engaging
business-related programming. This summer look for another one of our business
research programs at Pratt. This program will be scheduled for August.
Concerning programming, we would love to hear from you! Do you have any ideas
for a business program that you think would be beneficial to your needs as a business
professional? If so, feel free to email me with your ideas; Ray Cruitt at email@example.com.
Finally, we are excited by the upcoming annual Money Smart Week, which is being planned in line with Financial Literacy Month, April 2015.
We are excited to present four different programs this year with four of our
great partners: PNC Bank, AXA Advisors, LLC, Baltimore CASH, and Society of
Financial Awareness (SOFA). See our calendar for more information on these and other programs.
All the fun starts on April 18 with PNC Bank’s financial educational
program for parents and children, Spending, Sharing, Saving. This is going to
be a fun event with educational games for the kids and serious financial advice
for the parents. Make sure to mark this down on your calendar. The program is
from 11am to 2pm in the Poe Room at Central Library and doesn’t require a
reservation, just show up.
For all of you entrepreneurs out there, make sure to attend
a lunch event hosted by AXA Advisors on Small Business Protection Strategies
for small business owners. A light lunch will be served followed by a 45 minute
informational presentation on the kinds of options that are available for small
business owners. This program requires registration, or an RSVP. If you’re
interested, please call 410-396-5317 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is scheduled from 11:45 to 1:00pm
in the Poe Room at Central Library.
Baltimore CASH, one of favorite financial literacy
non-profit organizations here in Baltimore, will be presenting a program on
managing your credit. This program will include strategies to protect your
credit, understand and access credit scores without getting taken for a ride,
and how to repair your credit. Look for Rock Your Credit! on Monday, April 20
from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Poe Room at Central Library.
And finally, we have a program covering investing options
for both men and women hosted by Society of Financial Awareness, a nationally
situated organization devoted to teaching financial literacy. The program, Investing Basics for Men and Women, some of the
subjects covered will include: asset allocation and how to manage your investments
in a fragile market. Look for this program on Saturday, April 18, from 3:00 –
Coffee and Tea will be served at all events.
Thanks folks for supporting the Business Center! We look
forward serving all of your business and financial information needs.
Ray Cruitt, Business Librarian