Businesses, Entrepreneurs & Nonprofits

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Whether you need a location for your next workshop, access to market research databases, or examples of sample business plans, APL can connect you to the tools you need to create and grow a successful business. Look to the top right under Resources For to find more information for your specific venture.

Starting a Business Workshop

Are you thinking about starting your own business? This free workshop was built for you! We will cover basic issues faced when starting a small business such as business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. Let the SBDC help guide you through the process of starting a small business.

This class is free of charge but pre-registration is required. 
Tuesday, November 5, 12-1:30 PM

Online Resources

Lynda.com: Offers hundreds of trainings and thousands of hours of instruction presented by reliable industry experts on everything from marketing strategies to QuickBooks tutorials. 

Access Lynda.com on your mobile device! Download the Lynda.com app from your phone's app store. Choose Already a Member >  Organization > Web Portal. Enter library.muni.org in the text box. When prompted, enter your library card number and pin. Enjoy all Lynda.com has to offer on the go!

Don't know your PIN? Reset your PIN or call 343-2975, and press 5.

Mergent Intellect: Market research, industry reports and demographics data and trends.

Small Business Reference Center: Business plan templates, industry forecasts and Alaska-specific startup information.

Business Source Premier: Company and industry profiles, market research reports and full-text business articles from academic journals.

Foundation Directory Online: Research grantmaker profiles and find available grants for Alaska-based nonprofits. Grants for individuals here.

Libraries Mean Business Podcast

In partnership with business development organizations across Alaska, Anchorage Public Library created a podcast series to help listeners learn more about their business resources and resources across the state. Listen to each episode to dive into a different business-related topic. Be sure to check out our resources for business owners, nonprofits and entrepreneurs.

Episode 1: Marketing with Brilliant Media and Anchorage Public Library. 

Episode 2: Starting a business with Small Business Development Center and Juneau Public Library. 

Episode 3: small business funding and financing with Small Business Development Center and Fairbanks Public Library.

Episode 4: Rural and professional development with Alaska Native Professional Association and SBDC's Rural Development Center.

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