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Resume

Are you sending out multiple resumes and not getting the results you want? Is your resume an accurate portrayal of your true knowledge, skills and abilities? Are you using a generalized resume instead of a targeted resume? Are you using the correct resume format for your specific job search situation? With so many people searching for a job what is the best method to use to find employment?

Join Don Ostrander at the Resumes That Work class to find out the answers to these questions as well as learning how to create a resume that will put more emphasis on what you have to offer a potential employer and tips that will help your resume stand out from those of your competition.

Registration is required.

  • When: Wed., May 30 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Profit from the Tech Tools the Investment Pros Use

Learn how to use many of the same websites and tools that investing pros do. In this hands-on, interactive class you'll discover tips, tricks, and tools utilized by professional money manager Ron Phillips. All tools are free. You just have to know where to look. All class participants also get free reports, books, and other materials for attending.

Registration is required.

  • When: Tue., May 22 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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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!

Click here for a complete presentation schedule.

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
SecureSet
LeaderQuest
Pikes Peak Community College

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

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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 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
  • 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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