Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The City of Arlington will support local businesses with a packed schedule of free workshops during National Small Business Week, May 6-10, 2019. According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

The City will offer nine small business programs from Monday to Friday, kicking off with a tour of the new George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.

The week’s events cover a wide variety of topics for business professionals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and startups. All sessions are free and no registration is required.

Business Resources and Library TourMonday, May 06, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, [re]Brary Room A, 100 S. Center Street, Arlington, Texas  76010, Kickoff the week with a tour of the Arlington Public Library's destination downtown facility.  Learn about the business and maker resources available to public library cardholders.

Podcasting for EntrepreneursTuesday, May 07, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, Resilience Multipurpose Room, 100 S. Center Street, Arlington, Texas  76010, Podcasting is the perfect tool to move any entrepreneur to the status of “Expert In Their Field”. The authority a simple podcast can create is priceless and could be the best advertising tool in your tool kit. Presented by power podcaster and entrepreneur Gary Leland.

Multicasting ContentWednesday, May 08, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, [re]Brary Room A, 100 S. Center Street, Arlington, Texas  76010, Entrepreneur, power podcaster, and professional speaker Gary Leland will show you how to take one piece of content and use it over 50 different ways.  Being able to use content in multiple platforms will help business professionals and entrepreneurs dominate the media in their individual niche.

Maximizing the Entrepreneur LifestyleThursday, May 09, 2019, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, Resilience Multipurpose Room, 100 S. Center Street, Arlington, Texas  76010, Learn how to adopt an entrepreneurial mentality and develop personal traits for success.  Presenter Sandy El-Rayes, Marketing Director for TechFW, will share tips and lessons learned on how to maximize the entrepreneur lifestyle using her own professional experience from the last 10 years.

How to Start A Business: First StepsThursday, May 09, 2019, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, Resilience Room, 100 S. Center Street, Arlington, Texas  76010, Thinking about starting a business? Need the basics or learn where to go to for help? This workshop introduces you to the business planning process. If you want to turn your idea into a business, this seminar is for you! Presented by the Tarrant County Small Business Development Center.

Make Technology Work For Your BusinessThursday, May 09, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, Excellence Multipurpose Room, 100 S. Center Street, Arlington, Texas  76010, Make your technology an asset and not a hindrance in the workplace. Business consultant Daniel Kaschel will present 5 guiding principles that can help you make better choices about the technology you use for your business. 

Doing Business with the City, Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Parks & Recreation Department’s Administration Building, 717 W. Main St., Arlington, TX 76013, Have you ever wanted to know how the City of Arlington, Arlington Independent School District or University of Texas at Arlington purchase goods and services?  Are there opportunities for small businesses?  Attend this monthly informational session and learn about the purchasing process, current and future opportunities and effective ways to market your company.

Pathways to Raising Capital, Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Arlington City Hall Council Chambers, (North Side of City Hall), 101 W. Abram, Arlington, Texas  76010, How much funding do you really need to make your business dream come true? What is the best financing option for your situation? Learn different pathways of raising capital for your business from Cathy Trinh, EMBA, a business professor at Tarrant County College and past certified business advisor of Tarrant SBDC.

From Idea to StorefrontFriday, May 10, 2019, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Union Worx Coworking, 500 E. Front St. #160, Arlington, TX 76011, Learn about the long and sometimes intimidating process from having a business idea to opening up your storefront. Participants will also be able to tour the Union Worx facility to learn more.

Some events are made possible through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2018)

With different times during the day, there are options to fit the busy schedules of entrepreneurs on the go. Everyone is invited to learn about building and growing their small businesses during Small Business Week! Click here to see the full schedule and event descriptions.