The Columbus Metropolitan Library has partnered with a half dozen library systems to host Central Ohio’s second Job Help Week, which kicks off March 14. The five-day event will feature 58 programs, including “Obstacles & Opportunities,” a panel discussion presented by The Metropreneur.
The first Job Help Week, held Sept. 13-17, focused on small business and entrepreneurial opportunities. This time around, the theme is “Any Age, Any Stage.”
“We are, for the first time, offering programs for teens who may be looking for their first job,” says Steve Hipes, project manager at the main library. “At the other end of the continuum, we have programs to help seniors re-enter the work force, whether they need additional income to supplement their pension or maybe they are just looking for a new challenge.”
The Metropreneur’s panel discussion will take place at the main library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 14 and feature three local entrepreneurs: Chuck Hootman, co-owner of Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, co-founder of JUFTi Games, and owner/operator of Cyclospace; Liz Samuelson, principle at Fulcrum Creatives; and Andi Sie, co-founder of eEvent and eSolutech.
The discussion, moderated by Metropreneur Founder Walker Evans, will focus on what it takes to get a business up and running, and make it successful.
No matter which Job Help Week programs they choose, Hipes says he hopes attendees find information that will give them an edge or provide a new insight, so they will be successful in whatever it is they are doing, be it looking for a job or starting their own business.
“We also want our attendees to know that if they are looking for information that pertains to their job or career hunt, then turn to the library for help,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if you visit us in person or online, we can connect people to a lot of really good resources.”
About 225 people attended the Job Help Week held last fall.