Sno-Isle Libraries get down to business

National Small Business Week may be May 5-11, but Business Pros classes hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries are available now and year-round.

Business Pros classes are taught by local business experts and cover all aspects of starting, running and growing a business. All classes are free and require advance registration.

The Mountlake Terrace branch gets an early jump on Small Business Week.

The More Profit Workshop: The Smart Way to Make and Keep More Money is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Paying attention to the money side of business is often the last thing business owners want to do. This class offers practical principles for building a highly profitable, valuable and sustainable business.

The Edmonds Library will host a three-part Business Pros series in May.

It starts with Empowering Women to Lead with Courage and Confidence from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. This workshop takes participants through how to find your voice and stand in your power so that you can live with integrity and be heard.

Learn about Starting a Home-Based Business from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. This workshop covers the basic steps of starting a business, focusing on working from the home. Working from home can be very rewarding, but there are legal and personal considerations that must be considered. The class will cover the advantages, disadvantages and other important factors of starting a home-based business.

Getting a Great Website for the Average Business Owner is scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Most businesses have websites, but a much smaller number have sites that actually work. Learn the latest in content and site design and best practices for business, nonprofits or civic groups. Learn how to keep site content active and avoid common mistakes that can hurt site ranking on search engines..

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and the Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce are teaming up for a monthly, six-part Mill Creek Business Pros series starting Thursday, May 23. All sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at Arena Sports, 13500 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek.

The More Profit Workshop with George Huang kicks off the Mill Creek Business Pros series on Thursday, May 23. Huang retired as a board-certified plastic surgeon at the age of 40. Overcoming the challenges of starting his practice inspired him to become the business guide and mentor that he wished he had had early in his career. Huang will teach practical principles for building a highly profitable, valuable, and sustainable business.

Learn to Avoid Burnout, Create Balance with Monika Kristofferson on Thursday, June 27. Kristofferson is a professional organizer and productivity consultant. Learn strategies to manage constant accessibility due to technology and social media, plus managing time, tackling lists and fostering self-care.

Maya Sullivan will explain The Ebb and Flow of Sales on Thursday, July 25. Slow sales can increase stress and cause a business owner’s enthusiasm and motivation to disappear. She will offer thoughts on market cycles and activities, the 80/20 rule of revenue and reigniting enthusiasm.

In Steps to Starting a Successful Business on Thursday, Aug. 22, SCORE mentor Jack Stiegler will cover planning and financial projections, market research, Washington state legal requirements, securing financing, and review accounting/bookkeeping options and insurance requirements.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Matt Cail, founder of Super Charge Marketing, will explain the latest in content and site design best practices for business, nonprofits and civic groups with Getting a Great Website for the Average Business Owner. Learn how to keep site content active and avoid common mistakes.

Cail hosts the final Mill Creek session on Thursday, Oct. 24, with Why Are You Failing at Social Media? Cail will explain the latest trends in social media, best practices for your business and what social media platforms suit your business.