Monday, May 03, 2021

The Arlington Public Library will support local businesses with a packed schedule of free workshops during National Small Business Week, May 3-7, 2021. The Library will offer virtual business programs from Monday to Friday.

The week’s events cover a wide variety of topics for business professionals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and startups. All sessions are free and registration is required to receive Zoom link.

The Benefits of a Business Plan with JaCoi James

Monday, May 3, 7 p.m.

  • Many small business owners overlook the benefits of having a business plan.  Sure, you can go at establishing a business without it, but what will it cost you? You plan your trip to the grocery store so why not plan out your business before diving head first into it. Join us online as we discuss the benefits of having a business plan and discuss some critical sections that can make or break the longevity of your business model.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Module 1 - Startup Basics

Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

  • Starting a business can be a daunting task, but SCORE is here to help simplify it for you.  There are a number of factors to keep in mind before starting your own business. This module will introduce you to key business considerations, such as the myths and realities of entrepreneurship, different business options to pursue, the components of business ownership, legal and financial considerations, and the business plan basics. If you’re thinking about starting your own business, this module will help you feel confident in evaluating your ideas and deciding if business ownership is right for you.
  • In the full "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" online program, you will test the feasibility of your business idea and decide whether or not you should move forward or go back to the drawing board. You'll do this by researching industry profile data, customer data, financial projections, and other information. You'll also have a sample feasibility plan to use as a guide.
  • Download the "SimpleSteps for Starting Your Business" workbook that accompanies the modules and provides more information on this topic. Contact your localSCORE chapter and determine if the in-person workshops are available in your community. At the in-person workshops, you will get more information, learn from local experts, connect with your personal mentor for free answers to your business questions, and meet other aspiring small business owners.

SWOT Analysis with JaCoi James

Thursday, May 6, 1 p.m.

  • It's important to know what your strengths and weaknesses are when entering the world of business. Do your competitors have a slight edge over you? What makes you and your business special? What are areas of improvement for your business?
  • Let's talk through these questions and more as we identify our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, a process known as SWOT Analysis. Register and we'll send you virtual meeting details!

Learn the Art of the Elevator Pitch

Friday, May 7, 1 p.m.

  • Learn the Art of the Elevator Pitch with Lauren Brewer, co-owner of Union Worx Coworking Space. She will help you write, refine, and practice your pitch. People do not have time to listen to sales professionals drone on about details of their offerings. They want to become excited and see the potential in an invention or idea in 30 or 40 seconds. If you cannot gain someone's attention early, when will you get it?