Memphis Library boosts small business resources

This just in from the team at Start Co. and the Memphis library system: New offerings are available for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

If you’ve never visited the Small Business Center at the main library, you owe it to yourself to check out all the valuable resources located there. And now with the latest enhancements, more assistance than ever is available.

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The Memphis Public Library & Information Center recently announced enhanced offerings at its Small Business Center on the third floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). The First Tennessee Foundation and Start Co.are contributing to these efforts, investing funding, time, and expertise for the benefit of small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to utilize the Small Business Center and its resources. “We are honored to have partners like First Tennessee and Start Co. here in Memphis to contribute to our ongoing efforts here at the Small Business Center to grow entrepreneurship and encourage small business owners,” said Diane Jalfon, executive director at the Memphis Library Foundation. “Their commitment to the Small Business Center and its ability to provide ongoing learning opportunities for the people in Memphis is admirable, and we look forward to their continued support.”

The First Tennessee Foundation has awarded the Memphis Library Foundation a $50,000 grant to enhance the Central Library’s Small Business Center collection of books and other materials ranging in topic from business development to social media marketing. The First Tennessee Foundation provided funds to establish the Small Business Center in 1998. Their recent grant to the Library Foundation enhances First Tennessee’s already significant investment in the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

In addition, Start Co. mentors will host mentoring sessions at the Small Business Center starting April 8. Each Tuesday from 2 – 6 p.m., these mentors will provide free counseling to small business owners and entrepreneurs, discussing ideas and helping address challenges. Start Co. mentors will provide practical advice on business planning, financing, marketing, and other related topics. The mentoring sessions will be held in the Business & Sciences Department of Central Library. Those interested are encouraged to email for an appointment. Start Co. provides critical services for the entrepreneurial community through specialized programming, expert mentorship, and seed-stage funding. Start Co.’s mentoring program draws on the expertise of a diverse group of professionals, business and community leaders to arm budding entrepreneurs with proven experience.

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