May is small business month

The City of Charlotte has declared May 2019 as Small Business Month and, this year, the Library is partnering with the City of Charlotte and its small business resource partners to celebrate 31 Days of Small Business.

Each year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) designates the first week in May (May 5-11) as the SBA National Small Business Week, but, here in Charlotte, we will celebrate all month long! We recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of our community and honor all small businesses and entrepreneurs that play a pivotal role in strengthening our local economy.

The Library offers many resources that entrepreneurs and small business owners can access for free. Find the information you need here:

SimplyAnalytics - SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that enables you to quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business and marketing data.

Small Biz Resource Center - Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. The Small Biz Resource Center is an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages - plan, fund, start and manage. It includes access to 700+ business plans with new plans added monthly. This resource also includes a collection of business eBooks, journals, magazines and directories listing thousands of associations and consultants.

Small Biz Builder - This step-by-step planning tool can be used for starting, managing and optimizing a business. The Small Biz Builder program's intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration; etrepreneur profile, business ideation, break-even analysis, business plans and financial projections. These tools help develop a comprehensive plan for any business or nonprofit.

Business Shelf on OverDriveOverDrive is a collection of e-books and digital audiobooks offered by the library. Within OverDrive, we have a designated Business Shelf where you’ll find information ranging from business to entrepreneurialism to job-related topics. E-books and audiobooks can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, (including Kindle), or mobile device.

The Library also offers programs and events throughout the system on small business topics. For more information, click here for the calendar. 

To stay connected to all the highlights and happenings, celebrate with the City of Charlotte all month long using the hashtags #31DaysofBiz and #CLTMonthofBiz. Click here for more information: