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Job Interview

A good resume is essential for getting an interview but doing well in the interview is what determines if you get hired or not. Sometimes it may be the little things you say or do, the first impression you make or the way you answer the questions that makes all the difference. This class covers interviewing tips including how to answer a variety of interview questions and is designed to give you an edge in the interview process.

Registration is required.

  • When: Wed., May 2 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Board room

The Pikes Peak Library District, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board are hosting Board Links: Accelerated on Wed., May 16, 2018 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Library 21c.

We are looking for local nonprofits to submit a board member job description to be considered to present at the event. 12 nonprofits from the Pikes Peak region will be selected to present a brief, four-minute introduction of who they are and what their board needs are. The community will be invited to attend, and encouraged to consider service as a board member. Afterwards, the audience will have an opportunity to connect with the organizations they are interested in volunteering for.

If your organization is looking for board members, please complete the form at, and upload a board member job description by 5 p.m. on Fri., April 27.

Please contact Tammy Sayles at or (719) 531-6333, x2335 if you have any questions. Participants will be notified May 7 of selection. Those not selected will be encouraged to attend and a general acknowledgement will be made during program.

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Key Investment Concepts
Wed., April 18 from 6 - 8 p.m., at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Registration is required.
Are you new to investing? Have you started saving money but don’t know what to do with it? Do you have some investments but want to better understand how they work? Come learn eleven simple financial concepts that will put you on the path to successful investing. Library staff members Melanie Wehrle and Jaylene Walls will walk you through these concepts in a way anyone can understand.

Retirement Savings
Wed., May 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Registration is required.
Have you been told that you need to start saving for retirement? Are you getting older and worrying you won’t have enough money for retirement? Come explore various methods for saving for retirement in the distant or not too distant future. Library staff members Melanie Wehrle and Jaylene Walls will help you explore how to set retirement goal, how to plan to reach those goal (no matter what your age), and how to take charge of creating a comfortable and secure retirement.

Common Investment Types
Wed., June 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Registration is required.
Do you want to better understand how to make the most of your money in the complex financial markets? Investing does not have to be complicated. Come gain a better understanding of some core financial investments from library staff members Melanie Wehrle and Jaylene Walls. You will learn how these investments work as well as their advantages and disadvantage so you can determine which ones are right for you.

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Business Resource Fair

PPLD invites you to attend in our 3rd Annual Business Resource Fair on Wed., May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Library 21c.

The goal of the Business Resource Fair is to make entrepreneurs and businesses in the Colorado Springs area aware of the many resources available to help grow their businesses. This event is sponsored by The Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Attendance is FREE!

Attend classes such as:

  • Colorado State Purchasing Office
    How to Do Business with the State
  • Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
    Government Marketing: It’s a Treasure Hunt!
  • Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    Where’s the Money?! Funding Options for Starting or Growing Your Business
  • Firma IT Solutions & Services
  • Preferred Financial Partners
    Demystifying Small Business Financing
  • Mont Wealth
    Does Your Retirement Plan Meets the Needs of Your Employees and Your Organization?
  • All Reved Up Internet Solutions
    Rev Up Your Digital Marketing
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal (CSBJ)
    Business 101

Join us to meet over 60 vendors that provide free or low cost services to start or grow your business.

Vendors include:
Colorado State Purchasing and Contracts Office
Preferred Lending Partners
ABC Bank
Colorado Lending Source
Colorado Enterprise Fund Industry
El Paso County Economic Development —
Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone
Colorado Springs — City Sales and Use Tax
Pikes Peak Regional Building Department
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SCORE — Colorado Springs
BBB Southern Colorado — Better Business Bureau
Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce
Peak Startup
Pikes Peak Community College

Interested in participating? Contact Terry Zarsky at

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Money Smart Week® is a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago designed to help community members better manage their personal finances.

Ordinary Investing: Parts 1 and 2
In this exciting, two-night course you will learn the inside game of investing. Everything Wall Street has excluded you from will be discussed. Ron, a licensed stockbroker and financial adviser, will peel back the layers of investing and expose all of the detail the "Big Guys" don't want you to know. Including the real cost of mutual funds, the truth behind broker and adviser fees, tools the pros use & more.
Click here to register.
Tue., April 3 and Thu., April 5 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Library 21c

Solving the Social Security Puzzle
After giving thousands of dollars to Social Security, get back what you deserve. There are many factors involved in deciding when and how to claim your benefits. Among the topics covered in this class: how benefits are calculated, what claiming strategies maximize income, factors that impact your benefit amount, and why integrating Social Security into a holistic retirement income plan is critical. Case studies will illustrate how different claiming strategies affect your benefit amounts. Included in the class is a personalized Social Security optimization report.
Click here to register.
Wed., April 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c

Planning for an Awesome Retirement: Part 1
To fully enjoy retirement, you must have financial peace of mind. To have peace of mind, you need to have a plan. Part 1 covers defining your ideal retirement,income planning, and investing for the future. Included in the class is a one-on-one personal planning consultation.
Click here to register.
Mon., April 9 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Shred Day
Protect your identity by shredding extra household documents! Come to the lower parking lot (Jamboree entrance) to drop off your documents to be shredded during this time. There is no charge for this service.
Sat., April 14 from 9 a.m. - noon at Library 21c

Planning for an Awesome Retirement: Part 2
To fully enjoy retirement, you must have financial peace of mind. To have peace of mind, you need to have a plan. Part 2 covers Tax planning, healthcare planning, legacy planning, and steps to a retirement plan. Included in the class is a one-on-one personal planning consultation.
Click here to register.
Mon., April 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Picking Stocks Like the Pros
Discover the secrets to buying good stock values in this advanced course. Learn the three "Billionaire-Investor Strategies", the three vital ratios for finding value, how to lower risk and avoid stock disasters and much more. After this accelerated class you will have the tools, resources and know-how to build a power portfolio of quality companies.
Wed., April 18 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Penrose Library

Understanding Budgeting
Understanding budgeting is the first step in successful financial planning. By taking a proactive approach to managing your money, you can make informed decisions to better meet your short and long term financial goals. Before you can plan on where you want to be financially in the future, you first need to define your budget to determine where you are now.
Click here to register.
Tue., April 24 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Financial Wellness
This class will cover Budgeting, Savings, Emergency Funds, Retirement Planning, and more.
Click here to register.
Thu., April 26 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c

Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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BusinessDecision database

BusinessDecision is a database that covers consumer markets, providing information on demographics, market segmentation, and business information. It is a very powerful way for business owners, non-profits, or entrepreneurs to research markets or other businesses in a particular area.

When you’re getting started with Busines Decision, you have the option to choose “Express Login” or to create your own private login. Express Login will list all of the searches that have been performed by PPLD library users who have used that login. If you create your own account, the database will save just your searches, and no one else can view them. Once you create a new project, you must specify a geographic area in which to perform the search. You can do this by clicking on the map, or by entering an address manually. You can then choose the radius of your search.

The next step is to choose which reports to run. There are 16 reports to choose from. You can choose one or all of them. Each report gives different information for the geographic area you have chosen. For instance, Landscape Report will give you the top 20 distinctive market segments for that particular area. These segments, defined by BusinessDecision, are groups of people that share certain traits such as income, age, or education level.

Once you’ve chosen your reports, BusinessDecision runs them within seconds. You can view or download the reports in PDF format.

Click here to give BusinessDecision a try.

BusinessDecision can be an invaluable tool if you’re researching consumer markets or businesses in a particular area. As always, we are here to help if you have questions! Attend the next Minding Your Business class at Penrose Library or Library 21c for a demonstration of this database.

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Gale Directory Library contains a wide variety of information that can help you start and grow your business. The database is a combination of several directories that cover the Encyclopedia of Associations, from the local to international level, as well as the Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment.

If you're looking for funding for your business, the Directory of Early Stage Investment could be a great place to start. It includes detailed information on venture capitalists, business incubators, angel investors, corporate investment divisions, crowd-funding and co-operative groups.

The Encyclopedia of Associations can help you identify associations that might apply to your topic or industry. Associations are valuable sources of information because they often will collect data on their industry of interest. Many associations have whole libraries of data and statistics that can help you with market research, competitors, industry reports, and much more. Becoming a member of a relevant association can be well worth the membership fee not just for the industry information that they can provide you with, but for making connections with others in your industry.

You can search the Gale Directory Library by entity name, keyword, or subject. Search the entire database, or use the "Advanced Search" function to search just a specific publication.

You can access this and other business databases through PPLD's Business/Finance subject guide. If you're accessing the database from your home or office, you will be prompted to login using your library card number and PIN. Once you login you have access to this resource totally free!

Take some time to explore this resource and, as always, we're here to help if you have questions!

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Every Wednesday we’ll post about a different database or website – all of which can be accessed through!

Business Plans Handbook

Business Plans Handbook

This 32-volume set contains actual business plans from working businesses. Designed to be an example for entrepreneurs who are compiling their own business plans, this series covers several industries and popular business types going back to 1993.

Since Business Plans Handbook is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, it has some really helpful features. One of the best features of Business Plans Handbook is that you can search the entire series by keyword. The search feature scans the full-text of all 640 business plans in the collection. This is helpful because you might not know the exact title of the business plan that would be most helpful in writing your own. By typing in a keyword, you get back any results that contain that keyword. You might be surprised by what you find.

Other features of the database:

  • You can view the full text of business plans online or download them in pdf format.
  • You can email or print directly from the database
  • You can listen online to an audio version of the business plan or download it as an mp3
  • There are built-in citation tools

Click here to access Business Plans Handbook. Take some time to explore this resource, and check back next week for information on another business database!

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PPLD is proud to announce our newest resource,! has thousands of online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.

Lynda.comVideos are on the following topics:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

And best of all, it's FREE with your library card! Click here to start using this amazing resource now.

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From computer, meeting rooms, databases, and printing, to makerspaces, tutorials, and much more, all your business and entrepreneurial needs are met at Library 21c. And it's FREE! Watch this video for more information:

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