Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the 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, learn about opportunities to fund or grow their business, and find connections to mentors, resources and information to equip them for success. Registration is required for each event. View the events online at omahalibrary.org or call the hosting branch for more information. All programs will last 90 minutes.
Start-Up Business Basics: This introductory course to starting a business includes information about choosing a corporate structure, federal and state taxes, economics, financing options and resources. Presented by Blake Martin from SCORE.
- Thurs | Jan. 4 | Noon | Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367
Business Ownership Exploration: Determine whether pursuing business ownership is right for you. Look at franchises, independent business ownership and employment; correctly select and research franchise opportunities that will thrive in the current economy; recognize and avoid the pitfalls that can lead to failure in franchise ownership; and consider the various financing options. Presented by Blake Martin from SCORE.
- Thurs | Jan. 11 | Noon | Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
Financing Your Business: This seminar provides the basics on what SBA and banks seek in successful loan applicants, what you can (and can't) do with an SBA-guaranteed loan, what loan programs are available and alternative financing options. Presented by Kelly Grefe from SCORE.
- Thurs | Jan. 18 | Noon | Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
Crowdfunding for Businesses: Using the internet to raise money from many people, also known as crowdfunding, has become increasingly popular. This presentation reviews popular crowdfunding sites and common snags that users of crowdfunding sites encounter, as well as outlines aspects of successful crowdfunding campaigns. Presented by Alex Engelkamp from the UNL College of Law Entrepreneurship Clinic.
- Thurs | Jan. 25 | Noon | Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846
Facebook Business Basics: Facebook is a common channel for promoting and marketing small businesses. This workshop, presented by social media expert Tom Luke from SCORE, will explore the basics of using Facebook for your business.
- Thurs | Feb. 1 | Noon | Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846
Pricing Your Goods & Services: Properly pricing goods and services is essential to the success of a new business. This workshop will discuss operating costs and how to set your pricing effectively. Presented by the Nebraska Business Development Center.
- Thurs | Feb. 8 | Noon | South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850
Business Marketing Strategies: Learn how to employ targeted marketing tactics and where to get started. Discover how to make marketing work for you. Presented by Pauline Stark from SCORE.
- Thurs | Feb. 15 | Noon | W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852
Federal Contracting: This seminar will introduce the process of certifying and marketing your business, and how to join hundreds of other small businesses in Nebraska (and thousands across the country) who make government contracting work for them. Presented by Lisa Tedesco of the Small Business Administration and Carlie Shafroth of the Nebraska Business Development Center - Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
- Thurs | Feb. 22 | Noon | Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
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.