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SBA Business Plans

Posted on June 7th, 2014 by Gregor Smart in Kirstein Business Library


Are you looking to start a business and in need of a business plan?  Try the Small Business Administration’s Build Your Business Plan wizard.  Once you’ve completed the free registration, you’ll be guided through every step of the business plan building process. Completed plans can be downloaded into pdf format.

In depth assistance with each section of the business plan:

  • Cover Page
  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Market Research
  • Product/Service Line
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Financial Projections

  redcheckFor additional content check out the SBA’s: Small Business Learning Center  for access to online training cources and videos.

Food and Drug Administration Approves Biogen Idec Hemophilia Drug

Posted on June 7th, 2014 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

biogen idecTwo months after the Food and Drug Administration approved the first new hemophilia treatment in 17 years, its maker, Biogen Idec Inc., got approval on June 6 to market a drug that controls and prevents bleeding in adults and children with the most common form of the disease, hemophilia A.

An estimated 16,000 people in the United States have hemophilia A. This inherited disorder prevents normal blood clotting in patients, leading to repeated and extended bleeding that can cause pain and joint damage. Read more »

Killer Presentations

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library
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Let’s face it. Making a power PowerPoint and reciting the slides just doesn’t cut it. Depending on the presenter or the venue the audience will have a hard time becoming engaged. And some presentations might not translate well when uploaded to the web or viewed on a mobile device. Luckily, there are some software packages and some resources on the web that can help you be a better presenter.

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Graduation Spending Up This Year

Posted on May 19th, 2014 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library



According to National Retail Federation’s Graduation Spending Survey the average person buying graduation gifts will spend $97.79. Total spendingwill total $4.7 billion, the highest amount in the survey’s nine-year history.

Startup Summer Series with General Assembly

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

general assemblyThis summer the Boston Public Library and General Assembly, an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design are teaming up to provide you with the tools you need to jumpstart your entrepreneurial ventures. On the 4th Thursday of each month, General Assembly will host some of their most popular classes on site at the Central Library’s Commonwealth Salon. From Web Development to Social Media, they’ll give you the practical, hands-on training you need to pursue work you love.


Web Development: Let’s Break it Down
Thursday June 26, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Matt Brendzel, Web Development Immersive Producer, General Assembly

Thinking of learning to code, but getting lost in the alphabet soup (AJAX, PHP, CSS, etc)? Whether you’re interested in building your own web sites and applications, or looking to change careers, our class will introduce you to the world of web development and programming in general. We’ll take a dive into specific programming languages, tools and real life examples. We’ll also discuss what you need to get started as a web developer and breaking into this dynamic field.


boston newIntroduction to the Boston Startup Community
Thursday July 24, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Anand Chopra-McGowan, Business Development, General Assembly

This free class is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Boston. We will give you the inside scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more.


socialGet Social: A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media for Businesses
Thursday August 28 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Steph Parker, Senior Social Strategist, Brand Content

Social media has evolved into a necessary element of any marketing plan. Consumers on social networks expect to be able to find and connect with you. In this class, you’ll learn about the role of key social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and how to start engaging consumers on these platforms.