BIC Programs

Business & Investment Center Programs 2017


All programs are designed and presented by Stuart Gibbs, Business & Investment Center Librarian, Information Services Department, Main Library
Contact: sgibbs@libraryvisit.org, or 330-744-8636

And remember, the Library’s Business & Investment Center (BIC) has materials and resources that can help you grow your business. BIC librarians are always there to help you find the information you need when you need it.

To register for any of the following programs or to be placed on the Business & Investment Center’s e-mail list, please call Information Services at 330-744-8636. You can easily register for a program online by going to https://www.libraryvisit.org/programs.


» printable 2017 Business & Investment Center schedule – pdf


Marketing with Statistics

Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, for a seminar that is geared for entrepreneurs, business leaders and anyone interested in learning about competitors, potential clients, industry-specific economic forecasts, targeting new markets and market research. The featured databases, DemographicsNow – Library Edition, Neilson Segmentation & Market Solutions, and ReferenceUSA’s U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, bring timely and authoritative data and insights for your marketing plan. Other sources, including American FactFinder and trade associations for statistics, will also be discussed. Companies pay thousands for this type of information and it is available to everyone for free, right in their local library. This seminar demonstrates access from your phone and computer. To register, call 330-744-8636, ask for Information Services, or register online using the events calendar.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:30 -8 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Marketing with Contacts

Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, for a seminar that is geared for entrepreneurs, business leaders and anyone interested in learning about competitors, potential clients, industry-specific economic forecasts, targeting new markets and market research. The featured databases, First Research, Mergent Intellect and ReferenceUSA (Business, HealthCare, New Business, and Residential modules), bring timely and authoritative information to develop strategic marketing. Other sources including, Thomas.net and the Secretary of State Business Search, will be discussed. Companies pay thousands for this type of information and it is available to everyone for free, right in their local library. This seminar will demonstrate access through your phone or computer. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Monday, January 30, 2017, 6:30 -8 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Business Start-Up Workshop

Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? SCORE will address key topics for beginning a business. Although business plans are created in order to obtain funding, more and more businesses are developing business plans for refocusing their development and mission. Learn about writing and revising a business plan for your new or established business with a member of SCORE. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Monday, February 6, 2017, 6:30 -8:30 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Researching Your Business Plan

Stuart Gibbs, Business and Investment Center Librarian, will discuss the Library’s sources and services for your business start-up and beyond. The Library will introduce print and electronic sources that can provide information for developing your business plan and explain where to find necessary statistics. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:30 -8 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Publicly Traded Companies and Industry Intelligence

Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, to learn about databases to assist you in making your personal finance choices. Featured databases are Business Insights: Global, Morningstar Investment Research Center, Business Source Premier, Value Line (print only) and Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage. Companies pay thousands for this type of information and it is available to everyone for free, right in their local library branch. WI-FI access allows you to bring your own device to research these powerful sources of reference. To register, call 330.744.8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Monday, February 20, 2017, 6:30 -8:00 PM, Poland Library Large Meeting Room


Couponing and Smart Saving Tips

Come join us for an informative session on couponing and many other ways to save money! Be prepared to share your tips with others. To register, call 330.744.8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, East Library Meeting Room
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:30 -8:00 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Family Couponing and Smart Saving Tips

Come join us for an informative session on couponing and many other ways to save money! Be prepared to share your tips with others. During this program, children are invited to attend activities in the back of the room while the class goes on in the front. To register, call 330.744.8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10:00 -11:30 AM, Canfield Library Large Meeting Room


Social Media Workshop Beginners #1

This workshop will feature ways to set-up a Facebook page for your business. Learn to create a page, look at top rated model examples, and apply your mind to use Facebook in a way that is best for you! To register, call 330.744.8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:30 -8:00 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Social Media Workshop Beginners #2

Learn the basics of Twitter and YouTube to help start or grow your business. This workshop will specifically feature steps to create a Twitter account for your business and to create a YouTube account for your business. To register, call 330.744.8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 -8:00 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Social Media Workshop Advanced -Facebook

The class will go over top examples of using social media to market to an audience. It is recommended that you know how to use and set-up a business account on Facebook before you attend this workshop. Free and paid methods of promotion will be discussed. To register, call 330.744.8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 -8:00 PM, Boardman Library Tech Room


Walk-in SCORE @ the Library

Need advice on starting a business or helping your established business grow? Ask the pros with SCORE Counselor Nights @ the Library. Two volunteers from SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, will be available at the Main Library to provide advice and answer questions from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The service is free and no appointment is necessary.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 6:30 –8:00 PM, Main Library 2nd floor


SCORE Appointments @ the Library

Need advice on starting a business or helping your established business grow? Ask the pros with SCORE @ the Library. Two volunteers from SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, will be available in the Business and Investment Center of Main Library to provide advice and answer questions from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The service is free. To talk to a business professional from SCORE, please call 330-941-2948 for an appointment. And remember, the Library’s Business & Investment Center (BIC) has materials and resources that can help you grow your business. BIC librarians are always there to help you find the information you need when you need it.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, by appointment, Main Library 2nd floor
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, by appointment, Main Library 2nd floor