What's New: Business

Business Resource Fair

PPLD invites you to attend in our 4th Annual Business Resource Fair on Mon., May 13 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.

Attendance is FREE!

Programs

CreateSpace
10 - 11 a.m.: Business 101 with Colorado Springs Business Journal
11 a.m. - noon: Colorado Springs – Open For Business with Colorado Springs Economic Development Office
1 - 2 p.m.: Understanding Small Business Financing with Becky Fuller, ANB Bank and Colorado Enterprise Fund
Make I
10 - 11 a.m.: Government Marketing: It’s a Treasure Hunt with Procurement and Technical Assistance Center
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: for Cybersecurity Simplified with Firma IT
1 - 2 p.m.: How to do Business with the State with Colorado State Purchasing and Contracts Office

Vendors

Academy Bank
Advantage Medical Testing
American Dental Group
ANB Bank
AutoShop Vocational – Gregg Sheldon
Becky Fuller
Best Version Media
Better Business Bureau
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration - State Purchasing and Contracts Office
Colorado Enterprise Fund
Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Colorado Springs City Clerk
Colorado Springs Economic Development
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Community Banks of Colorado
Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Gazette
Connecting Communities
Discover Goodwill
DocuMart - Rebecca Clark
Eagle and Crane Coffee
Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce
El Paso County Economic Development
Emerald Lighthouse
GalaxyFest - Lynda Cink
Goodwill Staffing
HR Branches
Infinity F & B Staffing Solutions - Anthony Perez
KRDO
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo
LeaderQuest
LegalShield
Maui Mastermind
My Insurance Team - Chuck Bader
Onward Opportunity
Paychex
Peak Communication System
Peak Startup
Pikes Peak Community College - Enrollment Services
Pikes Peak Regional Development Corporation
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Precision Insurance Services - Heather McBroom
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Profile by Sanford –Bri Ament
Sand Creek Library Makerspace
SCORE - Colorado Springs
SecureSet
Senior Resource Council
Small Business Administration
Small Business Administration - Boots to Business
Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
Springs Choice Welcome Service
TAF Promotions
Terra Essentials
Transamerica
Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
UCCS College of Business
US Census Bureau
Vectra Bank
Watchdog Warrior - Tamyra Wallace
World Financial Group

Interested in participating? Contact Terry Zarsky at tzarsky@ppld.org.

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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 ppld.org!

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, lynda.com! Lynda.com has thousands of online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.

Lynda.comVideos are on the following topics:

  • 3D + Animation
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  • Developer
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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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