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Ohio Libraries Team Up With Business Groups To Help Entrepreneurs

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 9/7/2010

Libraries in Central Ohio will host Job Help Week

While many turn to the institutions for learning, libraries in one part of Ohio are making it their mission to help a brand new patron - the small business owner.

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Libraries throughout Central Ohio will participate in Job Help Week, four days of seminars and courses that will lend a hand to those interested in starting their own small businesses. Columbus Local News reports that seven Franklin County libraries would collaborate to offer the classes, which will be free to the general public.

"In my experience, I don't know if we have ever gotten to a point where all seven library systems in [Franklin County] have worked as closely together as we did on this one," said Steve Hipes, project manager for the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Job Help Centers and assistant manager at the library's main branch.

The classes will include tips on branding, marketing, financing and interviewing with expert advice from Columbus State Community College's Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration, the Ohio State University and others.

There was other good news for small businesses in Ohio after the Attorney General, Richard Cordray, announced a program to help businesses recover money lost to scammers. So far the nonprofits and small businesses have been able to get back more than $132,000.

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