Thursday, January 6, 2011

Free Small Business Classes in Pierce County

People will learn valuable information about start up, finance and legal aspects of small business during free presentations at Pierce County Library System, Wednesday, Jan. 12 – Thursday, March 31.

Starting Your Business covers business plans and licenses, bank accounts, taxes, insurance, forming a corporation, and developing a checklist for building a solid foundation for a new business.

Financing Your Business includes how to assess financial needs, determine loan eligibility, and find banks and alternative community resources to get the financing needed to start a business.

Legal Aspects of Your Business offers basics about contracts and business agreements, vendor and employee contracts, leases, notes, guarantees, and legal structures including sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.

Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.
• Starting Your Business, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – noon
• Financing Your Business, Thursday, Feb. 10, 1 – 3 p.m.
• Legal Aspects of Your Business, Tuesday, March 15, 10 a.m. – noon

Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
• Starting Your Business, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. – noon
• Financing Your Business, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. – noon
• Legal Aspects of Your Business, Wednesday, March 30, 2 – 4 p.m.

Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. • 253-531-4656
• Starting Your Business, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2 – 4 p.m.
• Financing Your Business, Thursday Feb. 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
• Legal Aspects of Your Business, Tuesday, March 22, 2 – 4 p.m.

South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E. • 253-848-8686
• Starting Your Business, Monday, Jan. 31, 1 – 3 p.m.
• Financing Your Business, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
• Legal Aspects of Your Business, Thursday, March 31, 10 a.m. – noon

Class instructor Sharon Barber has more than 25 years of experience in small business management. She was instrumental in establishing and developing the Small Business Administration’s Tacoma Business Assistance Center, and the Clover Park Center for Business Development in Lakewood. She currently serves as the Director of Economic Development, Metropolitan Development Council in Tacoma, serving Pierce County.

Check the Pierce County Library's calendar for more business classes offered later this year.

The following organizations provided funding for the Library’s Job and Business Centers and resources:

• FRIENDS of Lakewood Library
• Lucky Seven Foundation
• The Norcliffe Foundation
• Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
• Pierce County Library Foundation
• Renew Washington grant program, administered by the Washington state Library and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
• WorkForce-Central, an investor

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