The Columbus Metropolitan Library continues to offer its free business classes that help connect entrepreneurs with the library resources they can use to start and grow their businesses. From grants to market research, the monthly classes are primarily held at The Learning Lab at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. A limited number of classes are also held at various branches throughout the system.
The fall class schedule includes:
*all classes held at the Main Library Learning Lab unless otherwise noted
Starting a Small Business
Learn how to use the library’s online resources to write your business plan, choose industry codes and research companies and competitors.
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- September 11
- October 9
- November 6
Market Research for Entrepreneurs
Learn how to use the library’s online resources to identify potential customers, target your market and find industry reports.
Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- September 18
- October 16
- November 13
Business Speakers Series join fellow entrepreneurs for a presentation by a guest speaker on special business topics.
Legal Information for Entrepreneurs – Demetrius Robinson, Attorney at Law
Tuesday, September 25 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Robinson’s firm advises small business owners on business and tax law. He’ll discuss entity selection, drafting business agreements, tax-saving strategies and more.
Funding a Small Business – Jerome Jones, Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jones, a Certified Business Advisor, will discuss funding options for prospective startups, including preparing funding requests, traditional financing, micro-lending and minority business programs.
The Start-up Experience: Nourished With Nina
Tuesday, November 20 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Nina Boyce is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and founder of Nourished With Nina, a holistic health business that develops custom health plans for clients. She’ll discuss her experience starting her business.
Grants for Nonprofits
Learn about library resources to develop or sustain a nonprofit organization such as the Foundation Center and its databases.
Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- September 10
- October 8
- November 5
Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- September 25
- October 23
- November 20
Grants for Individuals
Learn about library resources for grants to artists, students and researchers from foundations, institutions, government and corporate sponsors
Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- September 12
- October 10
- November 7
Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- September 27
- October 25
- November 29
Starting a Small Business
Learn how to use the library’s print and electronic resources to write your business plan, research a company or industry and target your market.
Southeast Branch | 3980 S. Hamilton Rd.
Tuesday, September 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Karl Road Branch | 5590 Karl Rd.
Tuesday, November 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grant-Seeking Basics for Nonprofits and Individuals
Learn about resources for individual grant-seekers or for growing and sustaining a nonprofit organization.
Northside Branch | 1423 N. High St.
Monday, October 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Northern Lights Branch | 4093 Cleveland Ave.
Monday, December 3 | 6-8 p.m.
Registration for the events is not required.
To connect with The Learning Lab outside of classes, entrepreneurs can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a library staff member or visit the space Monday through Thursday from noon – 3 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
For more information, visit columbuslibrary.org.