Main Library Announces New Lineup of Free Business Classes

Photo by Walker Evans.

Covering topics ranging from market research, to financing, to the startup experience, the The Learning Lab at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., has announced its lineup of business classes for January through May.

The classes are free for and open to all who are interested. Attendees will learn how to leverage the library’s resources to create and grow their businesses, and also hear from entrepreneurs and subject matter experts on various business topics.

Dates, times and descriptions of each class can be found below.

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.

  • January 16
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8

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.

  • January 23
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15

Experience Entrepreneurship – Business Speakers Series
Join fellow entrepreneurs for a presentation by a guest speaker on special business topics.

Starting Your Business: Legal Structures and Business Registration
Tuesday, January 30 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
John Weaver is a partner at Stansbury Weaver, a boutique law firm that specializes in startups and high-growth businesses. He’ll explain the differences between legal structures and how to choose the best entity for your business. You will also learn about registering your business.

Small Business Finance 
Tuesday, February 27 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mike Albert is an experienced financial officer with a passion for small business. He will teach you what to look for in your everyday business finances as well as how to plan for the long term.

The Startup Experience: Asempe Kitchen
Tuesday, Mary 27 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Chef Kuukua Yomekpe is the owner and head chef of Asempe Kitchen, a catering and lunchtime pop-up specializing in Ghanaian and Ethiopian cuisine. Yomekpe will share what it has been like to start a food business.

Reaching Your Customers: Turning Research into Strategy
Tuesday, April 24 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Paul Proffitt is the Chair of SunDown Group, a nonprofit that works with entrepreneurs. He will teach you how to take the market research you have conducted and put it into an actionable plan to reach the right customers with the right messages to drive your business.

The Startup Experience: Splendor Revival
Tuesday, May 22 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Katya Philmore is the owner and curator of Splendor Revival, a boutique that sells vintage and handmade caftans, as well as unique handbags, jewelry and more. She will 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.

  • January 15
  • February 12
  • March 12
  • April 9
  • May 7

Wednesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • January 31
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 23

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. 

  • January 17
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9

Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

  • February 1
  • March 1
  • March 29
  • April 26
  • May 24

For more information, visit the Events page at