Small Business Can Find Help Through the Library

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

As we continue to adapt to the challenges of social distancing, many face serious choices about the future of their business endeavors. For some, this may be a time to spring into action on new or modified ideas and strategies. Others might eye a transition to digital platforms. Or based on projections, they even could be weighing a difficult decision to close operations.

In each case, small business owners can lean on a variety of free resources. The Library’s small business specialist, Hadiza Sa-Aadu, has compiled a continuously updated guide for quick reference. She’s also available by appointment for virtual one-on-one consultation.

With the temporary closure of its 10 physical locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Library’s has migrated many of its community reference services – including small business programming – from in-person to digital platforms. A recent webinar co-presented by Business Credit Works, for example, looked at business credit and how the federal Small Business Administration uses a combination of business and personal credit information in assessing loan applications.

Upcoming programs will cover digital tools and business efficiency, among other topics. In addition, the Library’s Tech Access program is offering online “tech tips” classes and the Grow with Google technical training service is hosting a webinar on using digital tools to manage businesses remotely. Go to the Library’s events and activities calendar for details on all online offerings.

Finally, the Kansas City Public Library is joining a Twitter storm hosted by the Urban Libraries Council in conjunction with National Small Business Week. Follow #ULCchat on Twitter on Wednesday, May 6, beginning at 2 p.m. CT to see what KCPL and libraries across the country are doing to address new challenges and stay engaged with their business communities.

National Small Business Week runs through Saturday, May 9.