Sno-Isle Libraries to exhibit at Seattle Small Business Expo

Seattle Small Business Expo drew thousands of attendees in 2016.

Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing its business support services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners across the region.

“We’ll be at the Seattle Small Business Expo on July 13,” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Attendance is free, but registration is recommended.

“We’ll be talking about our free Business Pros classes and demonstrating some of the free resources available through the library such as AtoZdatabases” Rodeheaver said. “We’ll also be answering on-the-fly market-research questions.”

And, registering people for library cards.

“Even if someone doesn’t live in the Sno-Isle Libraries service area, they are likely eligible for our card,” Rodeheaver said. The library district includes most of Snohomish and Island counties, but state residents who live in any area that financially supports a public library of its own are eligible for a free Sno-Isle Libraries card.

“Last year, we ended up being one of the most popular booths at the Expo,” Rodeheaver said. “Small-business owners were just blown away by the free resources they could access with their library cards. We regularly were 2-3 people deep and had people waiting to talk to us.”

Sno-Isle Libraries identifies support for entrepreneurs and small-business owners as a strategic priority. The idea is relatively new, but catching on. Rodeheaver presented the library district’s efforts at the 2017 South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. Along with Jay Lyman from Seattle Public Library, Rodeheaver spoke about how to use library resources for market analysis.

The Seattle Small Business Expo is a day-long conference and trade show. The event includes free business-critical workshops and programs and more than 100 booths, demos and brand exhibits. The headliner is Bill Walsh, founder and CEO of Powerteam International with his presentation, “The 7 Keys to Build a 7-Figure Business.”

Thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners are expected from across the Seattle metropolitan area.