Business Resource Spotlights

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center

This database provides a wealth of information for the small business owner. Whether you are just thinking about starting your own business or need help in a specific area, the Small Business Reference Center is a good starting point. The Start Up Kit is ideal for those exploring the idea of starting their own business with practical information. A video library gives insight to business owners on a wide range of topics from business basics such as Customer Service 101 to “Lessons Learned” covering questions such as “Can friends be business partners?” Browse resources that cover a wide variety of business topics from legal issues, independent contracting to retirement plans and everything in between.

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Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda.com has training and tutorials on a wide range of software including design, education and business. You can learn how to edit all those pictures you took of your family using Photoshop, finally learn how to create pivot tables in Excel, learn the fundamentals of web analytics, and so much more!

Small business owners may benefit from courses in project management, accounting software, marketing and web design.

If you are looking for ways to improve your workplace skills to further your career or start in a whole new career field, Lynda.com has resources in many areas including a wide variety of software from Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite to CAD. Courses on time management and communication can also be very helpful.

Courses are designed for beginners to advanced users with videos and 10 minute tips.

Go ahead, give Lynda a try!

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud

The library now has Adobe Creative Suite! You can access software such as Photoshop and InDesign at a designated computer at East Branch to turn your photos into masterpieces, restore old photos to make them look new again, design layouts for print and tablets, and so much more.

If you don’t have the know-how already, the library has you covered! We also provide access to Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a site that has video tutorials on all of Creative Suite (actually, video tutorials on a variety of topics ranging from business training to photography to web design. Check out this blog post to learn more about Lynda.com).

To get started, all you need to do is go to the Customer Service Desk at East Branch and reserve a time on the designated computer. You can use your library card, or buy a guest pass for access to Adobe Creative Suite. However, you must have an active library card to access Lynda.com.

The library’s goal for both Adobe Creative Suite and Lynda.com, is for the community to be able to refine their existing skills and also learn new skills, which can help in job-seeking as well as personal fulfillment.