Sno-Isle Libraries, Snohomish County team up to spur business development

New initiative targets entrepreneurs

Sno-Isle Libraries and Snohomish County will host a series of free business programs, to promote entrepreneurship and support business growth.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides free access to tools and resources for business owners and budding entrepreneurs to do market research, find new potential customers, and understand trends in their industry. New entrepreneurs and fledgling business owners can explore these resources through the Sno-Isle Libraries website and at all 21 community libraries.

"Snohomish County has become a magnet for entrepreneurs and business development,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “I am very pleased that we can partner with the Sno-Isle Libraries and provide tools to the people who are the backbone of our local economy."

Free library-based classes specifically for business people further support them in their efforts to make their businesses more competitive,” said Lead Librarian for Business Kassy Rodeheaver.

Some workshops are taught by business experts, while others that focus on market research are taught by library staff. Topics rotate based on community needs, but include social media marketing, human resources, understanding finances, writing business plans, finding financing, and more.

Upcoming classes scheduled at libraries in Snohomish County include:

  • Write a Business Plan with the Small Business Reference Center, March 23, 7 – 8:15 p.m., Lynnwood Library
  • Your Business – Plan Smart, March 31, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Start Smart – Financing Your Business, April 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Crowdsource Funding – How to Fund Your Project or Program, April 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Edmonds Library

Information about all of Sno-Isle Libraries' business events and resources is available online at sno-isle.org/business.

“At Sno-Isle Libraries, our work is guided by a three-year strategic plan that balances ongoing efforts in delivering world-class core library services and resources with longer-range efforts to build literate, economically sound and connected communities,” said Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. “Our partnership with Snohomish County is all about providing library services, resources, materials and events which meet community and customer needs.”

 

For more information, contact: 
Ken Harvey, Communications Director, Sno-Isle Libraries, kharvey@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7030
Kent Patton, Communications Director, Snohomish County, Kent.Patton@Snoco.org, 425-388-3883, 425-330-1858