small business

Be Your Own Boss

Have you always wanted to start your own business but weren't sure how?  The Maud Marks Library can help with that!  Join us this Saturday, May 17 at 2 PM as we learn everything we need to know to start our small business.  SCORE, a volunteer group who offer business counseling to small business owners, will be here to show you how it’s done.  Some of the topics covered include choosing a business entity, the right location, business expenses and deductions, employees vs. subcontractors, financial organization (setting up your books), forms, websites and more.  Like many of our adult programs, pre-registration is required to click here to let us know that you will be joining us.

Find Your Dream Job

Are you ready to stretch your wings in your professional life?  Are you still looking for a job and starting to get frustrated?  Join us for Dream Job month at the Maud Marks Library!  Dream Job month runs April 15- May 19th as we offer various types of assistance to our customers in "job search mode".  

We have a preview of our month beginning right now with our job search display which can be found right as you walk in the library's doors.  Our display contains many books on resumes, interviewing, and the entire job search process.

Then, we begin on Tuesday, April 15th at 7 PM with the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity.  They will be at the Maud Marks Library to take our customers through all the steps needed to start their own business.  Why work for others when you can work for yourself.  (Don't worry if you can't make it that night, we'll have more opportunities later.)

Small Business Resources

December happens to be National Write a Business Plan Month, the perfect time for thinking about starting a small business and for checking out one of the library’s newest databases, the Small Business Reference Center.  This new resource contains hundreds of full-text reference books, periodicals, and videos.  Browse by business area or business type, or go directly to business basics, or start-up kits and business plans.  Quickly access Nolo publications, Barnes Reports, and how-to videos and lectures by Harvard Business School, and browse start-up information by state, all free of charge.  For more resources search or browse the online catalog or stop by the library.  Visit the

Hiring Process for Small Business workshop at Kingwood Branch Library

interviewingDo you run a small business or are you an aspiring entrepreneur? On Saturday, July 27th at 2:00PM, Aggie of AccessibleHR will share tips on how to structure your hiring process so that it is more efficient and effective. This workshop covers key questions to include, selecting ideal candidates, and more. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, please call 281-360-6804 or visit 4400 Bens View Lane.

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"Email Marketing for Business" this Saturday

Email MarketingThis Saturday, June 29th, at 10:30 AM, Celina of Constant Contact presents "Email Marketing for Small Businesses" at Kingwood Branch Library. Learn how to use email to connect to customers and increase business. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended as space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome. Register here. For more information, please call 281-360-6804 or visit 4400 Bens View Lane.

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Financing your Small Business or Start-up Workshop @ your library

Clear Lake City Freeman Library and SCORE proudly announce a partnership focusing on assisting entrepreneurs by providing education, counseling and mentoring! Join us for this "FREE" workshop and help us to celebrate the alliance of SCORE and the Clear Lake City Freeman Library.

Please join us Saturday, February 23rd at 10:00 am in the Marge Jacobson Community Room.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

SCORE Houston Business Counseling @ Freeman

Are you a small business owner or budding entrepreneur in the Clear Lake area?  Wednesday, February 6th kicks off our SCORE counseling sessions. 

Low-Cost Marketing presented by SCORE @ your library

Need a few pointers on marketing? Please join us as Freeman Branch Library and SCORE Houston present "Low-Cost Marketing." This workshop takes place on Saturday, August 25th at 10:30 AM in Freeman's Marge Jacobson Community Room on the first floor. 

All businesses, large and small consistently list "marketing" as their number one challenge.

In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn how to:

1) Identify and develop a marketing plan including identifying your target market.
2) Understand your competition.
3) Set your strategy and budget.
4) Determine your competitive advantage.

You will also, take away valuable tips on promotional strategies, cost analysis and advertising geared specifically for small businesses.

Work for Yourself

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Have you ever wanted to start your own business but have no clue where to even begin?  Never fear; help is here!  On Saturday, April 16 at 2 PM, SCORE will be here here to give a seminar on how to start your own business.  Topics to be covered include 7(A) loan programs, interest rates and fees, collateral, eligibility, and more.  Seating for this and most programs is limited.  Click here to register.

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