Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer a series of free workshops for new small business owners and those who dream of starting their own business. Participants will evaluate their readiness to start a business and learn the basics of running a small business effectively, including budgeting, pricing goods and services, utilizing social media and other marketing techniques to help grow their business, and securing federal contracts.
“The SBA Nebraska District office is proud to partner with Omaha Public Library for the fifth New Year, New Business series,” said Elizabeth Yearwood, economic development specialist for SBA’s Nebraska District Office. “This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about local resources and explore how their library can help in the process! When government agencies, resource partners and libraries collaborate with their unique, valuable resources, everyone wins.”
Registration is required for each event. View the events online at omahalibrary.org or call the hosting branch for more information. All programs will be held on Thursdays at noon and last 90 minutes.
Start-Up Business Basics: This is an introductory course on corporate structure, registering your business and getting a sales tax ID number, financing options and resources.
- Jan. 3 | Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
Create a Business Plan: This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the Gale Small Business Builder database and teach the essentials of building a strong business plan.
- Jan. 10 | South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850
Building a Budget for Your Business: Learn the basics of creating a budget for your small business.
- Jan. 17 | Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846
Pricing Goods and Services: This workshop will introduce core pricing concepts like operating costs, market position, and the value of your time.
- Jan. 24 | Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
Facebook for Business: Explore the basics of using Facebook to promote and market your small business.
- Jan. 31 | Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
Guerilla Marketing: This workshop will introduce you to the concepts of using innovative, unconventional and low-cost marketing techniques for your small business.
- Feb. 7 | A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
Social Media for Business: Learn the basics of managing your business social media presence as a cost-effective way to reach a large audience interested in your business, and to communicate and connect with customers.
- Feb. 14 | W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852
Federal Contracting: This seminar will introduce you to the process of certifying your business, finding contracting opportunities, and joining the hundreds of other small businesses in Nebraska who have figured out how to make government contracting work for them.
- Feb. 21 | Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367
SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Nick Engert at 402-289-4367.
Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs and services offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.