Money Smart Week, a major and national financial educational
event, was a success this year! This is the second time we hosted the program
and we are very happy with the outcome. Our pilot program back in 2013 was a
quiet affair; however, this year Pratt provided much more promotion, including
getting a display window on Cathedral Street. This is a big deal! The plans for
next year are shaping up to be even bigger. The strategy of the Business Center
is to work from the model we employed this year, but to increase promotion further.
Moreover, we are working with the idea of having a number of programs presented
in different locations around the city in order to get more people from the outer
neighborhoods, relative to the Central Library, to attend as well.
This year we worked closely with four partners involved in the
event: PNC Bank; Baltimore CASH; AXA Advisors; and, Society for FinancialAwareness (SOFA). All of the organizations did a wonderful job planning their programs
and all of them put a lot of their own personal energy into the event. It was a
pleasure working with them! The programming itself included everything from
teaching children about money to investing to credit repair to developing good
financial decision-making skills.
The Business Center will be thinking about programs for next
year’s Money Smart event, most likely held in April once again—which is by the
way, National Financial Literacy Month! If you have any ideas about the kinds of
programs you would like to attend, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news, the Central Library renovation is really
starting to get underway. If you haven’t been to the library in a while you
will notice some changes already. The Business Center, at this point, is still
in the same place and we are still offering the same services. This summer is a
little quiet concerning program offering, as it always is; however, we are
already dreaming up some programs for business owners and potential business
owners for later in the summer and fall. For instance, we are interested in
possibly getting some of the Maryland agencies to present on topics that we
know will be popular, for example, hosting a program on getting Women-Owned and
Minority-Owned Certification from the Maryland Department of Transportation. We’ve had a
number of individuals express interest in this. So, look for it in on our online calendar
and in our Compass newsletter.
As always, I must make a plug for our services here in the
Business Center. The business librarian is very anxious to talk about business!
You can make one-on one appointment with me by calling 410-396-5317 and asking
for Ray Cruitt or emailing me at
email@example.com. Besides the living, analog resource of the librarian,
we have, in our opinion, one of the best collections of digital
business-related databases for a public library in the area. Databases are not
only for those writing a business plan. They can be used throughout the life of a
business to monitor the competitive environment. They can be used to understand
shifting demographics and how to meet their needs. As we all know, business
planning never sleeps. Keep us in mind.
One more thing, I’m going to put this out there for
consideration. Would any of you be interested in meeting once a month in an
informal setting here at the library to discuss a topic of interest related to
your business? The structure of the gathering can be simple. A business-owner
comes in with a problem that needs to be solved and we can all work with the
resources we have at the library to see if there is a way to solve it using the
library’s resources. As well, if the library resources cannot help in solving
the problem, perhaps there are other ways, such as using state business
resources provided by Maryland non-profits and/or government agencies. If you
are interested, please contact Ray Cruitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
That is all for now. As we get closer to the Fall 2015, we
should have some definite things planned for the Business Center. Until then,
have a wonderful summer!