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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 will include:
Business 101 - Colorado Springs Business Journal
Cybersecurity Simplified - Firma It Solutions & Services
Understanding Small Business Financing - Becky Fuller | ABC Bank | Colorado Enterprise Fund
How to Do Business with the State - Colorado State Purchasing Office
Government Marketing: It's a Treasure Hunt - Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Vendors will include:
AutoShop Vocational – Gregg Sheldon
Becky Fuller/ANB Bank/Colorado Enterprise Fund
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration - Division of Finance and Procurement
Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC
Colorado Springs City Clerk
Colorado Springs Economic Development
Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs
David Allen Capital - Jonathan Adam Griffin
DocuMart - Rebecca Clark
Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce
El Paso County Economic Development
Firma IT
GalaxyFest - Lynda Cink
Infinity F & B Staffing Solutions - Anthony Perez
KRDO
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo
My Insurance Team - Chuck Bader
Onward Opportunity
Peak Startup
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
SCORE - Colorado Springs
Small Business Administration
Small Business Administration - Boots to Business
Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
Transamerica – Joseph Lima
Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Vectra Bank
Watchdog Warrior - Tamyra Wallace

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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  • Business
  • Design
  • 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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