Find a job. Start a business. Support a nonprofit. Manage personal finances. The Library offers resources to enrich your career and help you develop your personal and professional goals.
From market research to business plans, we have what you need to get your new business off the ground.
Start with us to build and fund your non-profit organization. Includes helpful grant research and writing resources.
Block Center staff are available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss your research needs and help you use our resources to achieve your goals. We encourage you to schedule a consultation in advance. Please email or call us- we’re excited to meet you!
MEET THE TEAM
Hadiza Sa-Aadu is the Library’s Small Business Engagement Specialist. She holds a BA in Economics and French from Emory University and an MBA with a specialization in Data Analytics from the University of Iowa. Her career has spanned marketing, sales and data analytics in both the public and private sectors. She can help you mine and analyze data as you conduct industry research and help you develop a marketing plan. Hadiza is passionate about leveraging data to inspire stakeholders to take action, creative place-making (ask her about this if you’re curious!), mission driven organizations including social enterprises and human centered design.
Jenny Garmon is the Library’s Legal & Government Information Specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Ohio State University, where she earned her M.A. in Public Policy and Management. In addition to her military service, Jenny is a former federal employee recognized for her award-winning work with teams as an analyst, branch chief, and advisor. Her primary areas of focus for the Library are coordinating tax preparation services, patron education and participation in Census 2020, and voter education and registration. Jenny will be working with Kansas City’s legal and government communities to connect patrons with information and resources. Jenny is currently pursuing her Master of Library Science and is committed to building community through her work with the Library.
Kelly Mahon is the Library's Funding Information Network Supervisor. His responsibilities include overseeing the Foundation Collection and presenting classes on grant research and proposal writing. He works with Kansas City non-profit professionals and assists them in their philanthropic endeavors. Kelly has been with the Kansas City Public Library for over 20 years.
Stacey Mitchell has extensive experience working with a diverse range of patrons in many library environments. As a Reference Associate at the H&R Block Business and Career Center, she helps entrepreneurs and job seekers reach their goals by providing database instruction, community referrals, computer/job application assistance, and one-on-one resume consultations. Stacey enjoys collaborating with patrons to improve their research, technological, and resume writing skills and enjoys hearing success stories from those she's assisted. She is a graduate of San Jose State University's Master of Library and Information Science program.