Boston Public Library
Kirstein Business Library

Second Floor, McKim Building, Central Library, 617-859-2142

Past Program Descriptions

For a list of forthcoming programs please check here or call us at 617-859-2142.

Resume Writing Workshop – Learn to create successful resumes! This workshop is presented by (a branch library) of the Boston Public Library and JVS (Jewish Vocational Services, a non-sectarian organization that provides job search, employment assistance, education, training, career development, business assistance and support to individuals from all backgrounds). This program is funded though a grant from the Highland Street Foundation.

Strategic Job Search - Judy Bottkol from JVS Boston will talk about networking when job hunting and about how to access the “hidden job market”. This workshop is presented by (a branch library) of the Boston Public Library and JVS (Jewish Vocational Services, a non-sectarian organization that provides job search, employment assistance, education, training, career development, business assistance and support to individuals from all backgrounds). This program is funded though a grant from the Highland Street Foundation.

How to Purchase Foreclosed Property This seminar is designed for buyers interested in buying property at pre and post foreclosure sales. Topics covered include short sales, auctions, and buying property from a lender (REO). The seminar provides direction in preparing the buyer for the process, selecting a team of real estate professionals to assist with the purchase, and tips on making the process more understandable.

How to Buy a Home That Needs Work (Purchase Rehab Property) This seminar is a guide for buyers who are interested in purchasing property that requires rehabilitation. Topics include the process that lenders follow to process purchase rehab loans, loans that are available throughout the state, grant programs that are available locally, and tips to make the process go smoothly. Recommended for buyers interested in foreclosed property and older homes.

How to Live Within Your Means This seminar provides tools to help participants evaluate their financial situation and provides some tips to reduce everyday expenses. Topics include goal setting, creating a workable spending plan, evaluating credit, and improving the credit score. Recommended for anyone concerned about basic personal finances.

How to Choose the Right Mortgage This seminar provides information for a variety of mortgage products. Topics include information mortgage products sponsored by federal and state government as well as special mortgage products available to first time buyers. The seminar provides tips on preparing for a successful application process. Recommended for anyone interested in buying a home or refinancing an existing mortgage.

Business Strategy for Tough Economic Times–This two-hour program is presented by the Kirstein Business Library and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network’sBostonRegionalOffice & MinorityBusinessCenter at UMass/Boston. The program will provide valuable perspective on sharpening your business strategy, understanding basic finance and accounting concepts, managing cash flow in a depressed economy, pursuing outside capital for your business, and more effectively navigating a difficult business environment. Ample time will be allotted to answer questions and discuss issues specific to your needs.

Estrategia Comercial para Tiempos Económicos Difíciles — Este programa de dos horas, presentado por la Sucursal de Negocios Kirstein de la Biblioteca Pública de Boston y la Oficina Regional de Boston y de Minorias de la Red de Massachusetts de Centros de Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa, presentará  informacián valiosa para desarrollar y afinar su estrategia comercial, aumentar su entendimiento de conceptos básicos de finanzas y contabilidad, mejorar el manejo de flujo de caja en una economía deprimida, conseguir capital externo para su negocio, y navegar con mayor efectividad las aguas turbias de un entorno económico difícil. Habrá tiempo amplio dedicado a responder a sus preguntas e inquietudes específicas referentes a su negocio. Este taller será dictado enteramente en Español (Spanish only).

Getting Started in Business - The Kirstein Business Library and Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network’sBostonRegionalOffice & MinorityBusinessCenter at UMass/Boston present this popular workshop.  We’ll provide a complete overview of business start-up and planning considerations.  This program is oriented to those planning a venture as well as existing small business owners. Topics include the entrepreneurial lifestyle, feasibility, business strategy, business plan preparation, marketing, financing and additional resources. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week – A  worldwide series of entrepreneurship events http://unleashingideas.org. To learn more about events to be held in the USA during this week, go to http://entrepreneurshipweekusa.com. The United States sponsors are listed at the bottom of  http://entrepreneurshipweekusa.com

How to Raise Money for your Business. Raising capital to start a business is never easy. Asheesh Advanti, author of Business loans from family and Friends, will outline how to raise business capital and provide fresh ideas for entrepreneurs formulating strategies for financing their business. Topics include raising money from family & friends, and raising money from angel investors. Mr. Advanti is an entrepreneur and investor. He was the founder and CEO of CircleLending (acquired by the Virgin Group in 2007) and subsequently was the CEO of Virgin MoneyUSA, theU.S. arm of Richard Branson�s financial services businesses. His columns on raising money have also appeared regularly in Entrepreneur magazine. This program is sponsored by the Kirstein Business Library.

The Ins and Outs of Getting Unemployment – This program is brought to you but the Government Documents Department and the Kirstein Business Library of the Boston Public Library.  Come to learn aboutMassachusetts unemployment compensation law  from Monica Halas, a lead attorney in the Employment Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services.  She has represented countless clients in unemployment claims and works closely with labor to achieve progressive changes in theMassachusetts unemployment law.  She is a member of United Auto Workers Local 2320 and serves as a vice-president on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

Live Art Speak! You’re invited! Free and open to Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines (visual, performing, literary, new media, craft, moving image, sound, etc.). Cosponsored by the Kirstein Business Library, Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Creative Massachusetts: the Artists Congress will take place March 26-27, 2011 at the Boston Public Library, making links between art, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Marketing Your Patented Product – Learn about intellectual property issues related to marketing a patented or trademarked product, and learn also about marketing principles in general. Two panelists will discuss these issues in a program cosponsored by the Kirstein Business Library and the Government Documents Department of the Boston Public Library.

New England Business Expo – Come to this annual business event, full day of exhibits and programming. Learn about business assistance resources in the region. Details can be found at www.eventmanagement.org/newengland/. The event is free but you must preregister.

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop – All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar led by two experienced nonprofit attorneys.  In this session, we will provide information about the complicated process of formalizing a nonprofit inMassachusetts including:  State Reporting and Regulation; Ongoing IRS Reporting and Regulation; Federal Tax Exemption; For-Profit or Not-for-Profit?  Cosponsored by Goodwin Procter, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Lawyers Clearinghouse, BPL’s Social Sciences Department and Kirstein Business Library.

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights for New Products – Kristina Grasso, a patent attorney licensed to practice in the state ofMassachusetts andConnecticut, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, will discuss the intellectual property issues relating to new products. Cosponsored by the Government Documents Department and the Kirstein Business Library.

Quickbooks Overview and Power Tips – Taught by Gina Weinstock of G.T. Reilly. This workshop will provide guidance on accounting concepts, focusing on how to best utilize QuickBooks for year-end tax planning and new year set-up and preparation. This workshop is presented by G.T. Reilly, the Kirstein Business Library, and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network’sBostonRegionalOffice & MinorityBusinessCenter at UMass/Boston.

Sales and Marketing Basics – The Kirstein Business Library and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network’s Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center at UMass/Boston present this workshop.  So, you’ve already started your business, but nobody is calling, and nobody is buying (or they aren’t buying enough!). This workshop provides an overview and orientation to basic marketing concepts, strategies and tactics. You will learn about developing marketing strategies, conducting research, establishing pricing, the meaning of “branding”, distribution channels, advertising, public relations, and most importantly, ideas for maximizing awareness and sales.