Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Lower Level, Johnson Building, Central Library, 617 536-5400, businessref@bpl.org

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Monday, January 22: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Tuesday, January 23: Marketing Intensive Part 2

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

In this three-week course presented by the Center for Women & Enterprise, entrepreneurs explore market research, identifying and quantifying a target, and the 4 Ps and 3 Cs of marketing; the benefits of social media, search engine optimization, and e-marketing; and traditional marketing concepts such as branding, public relations, advertising, and collateral development; and the importance of metrics.

This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

Wednesday, January 24: Resume & Cover Letter Review Drop-in

Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Our library staff can help you get started on your resume or cover letter, give it a review, and help with feedback and tips. First come, first served.

If you can’t make our Drop-in time, you can make an appointment by sending an email at businessref@bpl.org. We will contact you back with a 2 week availability time frame to come in to receive one-on-one assistance.

Thursday, January 25: Final Cut Pro for Beginners

Time: 4:30-6:00pm (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

In this hands on workshop, learn the basics of editing video with Final Cut Pro. Laptops and exercise files will be included. Students will also learn about resources for further learning.

Knowledge of how to use a mouse, keyboard, and the internet strongly recommended.

Classes fill up quickly. If you cannot attend please cancel your reservation so we can open up a slot for other folks.

 

Thursday, January 25: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Monday, January 29: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Tuesday, January 30: Marketing Intensive Part 3

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

In this three-week course presented by the Center for Women & Enterprise, entrepreneurs explore market research, identifying and quantifying a target, and the 4 Ps and 3 Cs of marketing; the benefits of social media, search engine optimization, and e-marketing; and traditional marketing concepts such as branding, public relations, advertising, and collateral development; and the importance of metrics.

This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

Wednesday, January 31: Resume & Cover Letter Review Drop-in

Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Our library staff can help you get started on your resume or cover letter, give it a review, and help with feedback and tips. First come, first served.

If you can’t make our Drop-in time, you can make an appointment by sending an email at businessref@bpl.org. We will contact you back with a 2 week availability time frame to come in to receive one-on-one assistance.

 

Wednesday, January 31: Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop

Time: 4:00-6:30 (Please RSVP by January 26)
Location: Commonwealth Salon

Are you a leader of an existing nonprofit organization or have an interest in creating a new one? Do you have questions and concerns about incorporating and/or filing for tax-exempt status?  All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar for nonprofits, led by experienced nonprofit attorneys.  At this group session, we will assist your organization in understanding the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts by addressing questions regarding:

For-Profit or Not-for-Profit?
What is a Not-for-Profit?
Incorporating & Structuring the Not-for-Profit
Option of Fiscal Sponsorship
State Reporting & Regulation
Federal Tax Exemption
Ongoing IRS Reporting & Regulation
Three of our presenters spoke with us about starting a nonprofit and the state of the sector as whole. Take a look at their in-depth responses here.

Presenters:  Jim Grace, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; Susan Abbott, Goodwin.

Co-sponsors: Goodwin, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Third Sector New England.

 

Thursday, February 1: SketchUp for Beginners

Time: 4:30-6:00pm (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Get a hands on introduction to SketchUp—a 3D modeling software for architecture, interior design, film and video game design. Students will also learn about resources for further learning.

Knowledge of how to use a mouse, keyboard, and the internet strongly recommended.

Classes fill up quickly. If you cannot attend please cancel your reservation so we can open up a slot for other folks.

 

Thursday, February 1: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Monday, February 5: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Tuesday, February 6: Protecting Your Small Business from Fraud

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Bankers will discuss data breach fraud, information security, payment fraud, protecting your business, and business identity theft.

This program is sponsored by the Bank of America.

 

Wednesday, February 7: Doing Business Online: Legal Basics for Small and Very Small Businesses

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attorneys in Goodwin’s Neighborhood Business Initiative will present the legal basics for doing business online, including Terms of Service and Online Contracts, Trademarks, Domain Names and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Privacy Policy, Data Protection and Marketing, and Credit Card Sales Online.

 

Thursday, February 8: Basics of 3D printing with TinkerCAD

Time: 4:30-6:00pm (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Get an overview of software and equipment available for 3D printing at the BPL. Learn tips and tricks for making a successful print and resources to help you design an object. Folks may bring their own laptop so they can follow along. Laptops will be provided to folks who don’t bring their own.

Knowledge of how to use a mouse, keyboard, and the internet strongly recommended.

Classes fill up quickly. If you cannot attend please cancel your reservation so we can open up a slot for other folks.

 

Thursday, February 8: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Monday, February 12: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Tuesday, February 13: How to Bid on Contracts as a Small Business

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Join us for an inside perspective of the government contracting system and learn the criteria on which contract awards are determined, discover resources to begin or continue your search, and successful methods to navigate the world of government contracts. This workshop is designed to assist small businesses in finding the resources they need, answer questions around the contracting process, and provide insight into a world of opportunity.

Presenter: Aimee Melvin. Aimee Melvin is an armed forces and government contracting veteran, who has worked on private, government, and higher education contracts, spanning 10 years and three continents.

Wednesday, February 14: Resume & Cover Letter Review Drop-in

Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Our library staff can help you get started on your resume or cover letter, give it a review, and help with feedback and tips. First come, first served.

If you can’t make our Drop-in time, you can make an appointment by sending an email at businessref@bpl.org. We will contact you back with a 2 week availability time frame to come in to receive one-on-one assistance.

Thursday, February 15: Navigating Photoshop

Time: 4:30-6:00pm (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Students will learn basic techniques of how to navigate Photoshop, manipulate images, and get an introduction to layers. Students will also learn about resources for further learning.

Knowledge of how to use a mouse, keyboard, and the internet strongly recommended.

Classes fill up quickly. If you cannot attend please cancel your reservation so we can open up a slot for other folks.

 

Thursday, February 15: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Tuesday, February 20: Communicate to Influence and Persuade: Secrets from TED, Davos, and SXSW

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: Commonwealth Salon

Jerry Seinfeld is famous for commenting that the average American fears public speaking more than death. He said, “That means we would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy!” Don’t be one of those people – it could undermine your career. So…can you WOO with the best of them? WOO stands for Winning Others Over to your ideas and opinions using relationship-based, emotionally intelligent persuasion. In this workshop you will learn the core skills cultivating your WOO. Every participant will practice – either in their seat or up in front of the room – to embed the learning. We start with current examples from TED Talks, Davos, and SXSW conferences and unpack what makes a speaker or communicator compelling and persuasive. We then practice the Big Five communication skills: 1. Posture 2. Body Language 3. Gestures 4. Voice 5. Pacing Throughout the program, participants give and receive feedback. Everyone leaves with improved skills and a commitment to continue on the journey of powerful and persuasive communication. Barbara Roche has her own coaching and workplace learning business, and teaches leadership communication at The Wharton School. This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

Wednesday, February 21: Resume & Cover Letter Review Drop-in

Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Our library staff can help you get started on your resume or cover letter, give it a review, and help with feedback and tips. First come, first served.

If you can’t make our Drop-in time, you can make an appointment by sending an email at businessref@bpl.org. We will contact you back with a 2 week availability time frame to come in to receive one-on-one assistance.

 

Thursday, February 22: Navigating Illustrator

Time: 4:30-6:00pm (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Students will learn how to navigate the Illustrator program, work with layers and use some tools to begin to create graphics for the web and print. Students will also learn resources to bolster their skills.

Knowledge of how to use a mouse, keyboard, and the internet strongly recommended.

Classes fill up quickly. If you cannot attend please cancel your reservation so we can open up a slot for other folks.

 

Thursday, February 22: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Monday, February 26: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Tuesday, February 27: Talking about capitalism: Making sense of our economy

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: Commonwealth Salon

Since the global economic crisis of 2007-2008, people have debated the reasons for this collapse. Many economists have dismissed these views as ill-informed due to a lack of economic literacy, and some have implied that this ‘illiteracy’ is a major factor in people’s own misfortunes. Dr. Chun in his important new book, “The Discourses of Capitalism” discusses how everyday people view and make sense of capitalism and its role in their work and personal lives.

Thursday, March 1: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

Monday, March 5: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/K

 

 

 Tuesday, March 6: Public Speaking Tutorial

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

American Repertory Theater teaching artists offer tips and tutorials for effective public speaking.

This program is sponsored by the Bank of America.

Thursday, March 8: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

Monday, March 12: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Tuesday, March 13: Exploring Business Ownership

Time: 1:00-3:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

This workshop will provide information on the various Small Business Administration (SBA) programs/services available for start-up and existing businesses.

Learn how the SBA and other resource partners can assist you in starting and growing your business.

Tuesday, March 13: Creating a Winning Business Plan

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: Commonwealth Salon

Has everyone told you that you need a business plan, but it seems like a daunting task and you’re not completely sure how to get it done? In this 2-hour workshop, we will demystify the business plan process. We’ll discuss why you should write a business plan and what it is useful for. We’ll go through the major sections in the plan, explaining what belongs in each portion. We’ll show you the financial forecasts that belong in the business plan and the supporting data you might also include. Finally, we’ll talk about summarizing the plan into a compelling executive summary tailored to the key audience for your plan, whether that is potential investors, lenders, employees, or other supporters. Bring your questions, and leave with a “plan for your plan”!

 

Presenter:  SCORE Mentor Tim Nelson

Thursday, March 15: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

Monday, March 19: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

Thursday, March 22: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

Monday, March 26: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

 

Thursday, March 29: Working for Yourself @ 50+ with the AARP Foundation

Time: 11:00-1:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

This program is specifically designed to help people 50 and older learn about what it takes to be successfully self-employed in today’s economy.

Join us for an interactive workshop where you’ll learn to:

  • Explore your options
  • Find your focus
  • Make a plan
  • Watch out for trouble
  • Connect with resources in your community

Thursday, March  29: Score Small Business Mentoring

Time: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 (registration required)
Location: The InnoLAB, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attend a free one-hour business mentoring sessions for small business owners or people considering starting a small business. Register by calling 617.565.5591 or visit http://scoreb.org/KL

Tuesday, April 3: Visualizing Financial Data

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: Commonwealth Salon

Julie Rodriguez and Piotr Kaczmarek, co-authors of ‘Visualizing Financial Data’, demonstrate through case studies a fresh take on data visualizations that contrast traditional uses of charts with new methods that provide more effective representations of the data to produce greater insights. Collections of stocks, bonds, exchange trade funds , security assessment, portfolio construction, trading, and performance management are all enhanced in a new way.

This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

Wednesday, April 11: Raising Capital for Small and Very Small Businesses

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attorneys in Goodwin’s Neighborhood Business Initiative will present on legal issues in raising capital for small and very small businesses, including tax and other choice of entity considerations for founders and investors, the difference between debt and equity, the nuts and bolts of friends and family, “angel” and “seed” investments, and the nuts and bolts of borrowing money for a business.

 

Tuesday, April 17: Theater Skills for Teambuilding

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration required)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Play practical and fun skill-building games and theater-based exercises that help to strengthen camaraderie, belonging, and collaboration within a team or group of collaborators.

This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

Monday, April 23: Budgeting for a Wedding

Time: 6:00-7:30
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ocation: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

We will discuss needs vs wants, how to save and the best way to finance on your wedding.

This program is part of Money Smart Week.

 

Tuesday, April 24: Basics of Investing

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

A certified financial advisor from CFA-Boston will talk about creating a financial inventory; look at your needs, wants and goals and your risk tolerance in terms of ability and willingness to invest. Looking at these personal aspects will help you to begin to create an investment portfolio that will help you reach your goals.

This program is part of Money Smart Week.

 

Wednesday, April 25: Planning for Retirement

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)

Join Certified Financial Planner Jeanne Gibson Sullivan to learn what you need to know to prepare for retirement. She will cover how much you need to have saved, where to put your savings/investments (should everything be in retirement plans) before retirement, which assets to tap first, when to take Social Security, and strategies for managing investments.

This program is part of Money Smart Week.

 

Tuesday, May 15: Raising Capital for Small and Very Small Businesses

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Attorneys in Goodwin’s Neighborhood Business Initiative will present on legal issues in raising capital for small and very small businesses, including tax and other choice of entity considerations for founders and investors, the difference between debt and equity, the nuts and bolts of friends and family, “angel” and “seed” investments, and the nuts and bolts of borrowing money for a business.

This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

Wednesday, May 16: How to Break into Consulting: Consulting 101

Time: 6:00-7:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

In this one hour session we will cover:

  • Define consulting, understand demand and job outlook for consultants
  • Different types of consulting career paths available
  • How to position yourself as a consultant
  • Lifestyle of a consultant – day in the life of consulting work

 

Tuesday, May 22: Grow Your Business with Google / Getting Found on Google Search & Maps

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Join Bryan Caplan, National Trainer for Google’s Get Your Business Online, as he shows you how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence with search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. Bryan will also introduce tools to help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and G Suite.

 

Tuesday, May 29: What Lego Teaches Us about Innovation, Connection, and a Smile

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: Commonwealth Salon

Stephan Theiringer, serial entrepreneur and TEDx speaker, explores how the creativity and inspiration of LEGO can transform our thinking and how we can apply the principles we learned from LEGO in our day to day operations. Over the years we all have become boxed in our thinking and we have traded so called safe success for the childish creativity which is inherent to us. This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

Wednesday, June 20: How to Break into Consulting Part 2: Land a Dream Career in Consulting

Time: 6:00-7:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

In this one hour session we will cover:

  • Understand tips and strategies for a top consulting firm’s recruitment process
  • Ways to network and position yourself for a top consulting firm
  • How to choose consulting firms and the importance of cultural fit
  • Importance of the first 90 days of a successful consulting career and other helpful tips

 

Tuesday, June 26: Make Your Website Work for You / Succeeding in a Micro-Moments World

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Join Bryan Caplan, National Trainer for Google’s Get Your Business Online, as he walks you through considerations to launch your new website (or spruce up your old one.) Learn how to create a search-friendly site that’s useful for customers and supports your business goals. Bryan will also show you how to connect with customers on mobile and make sure your business is there from the moment they find you online to the moment where they click, call, or buy.

 

Wednesday, July 18: How to Break into Consulting Part 3: Consulting for Freelancers, Independent Contractors, and Entrepreneurs

Time: 6:00-7:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

  • Learn to create core values for your business to help you turn your passion into profit
  • Understand the network of people you need in your ecosystem
  • Creating an evidence based approach and methodology for your business
  • Build credibility as a thought leader

 

Tuesday, July 24: Sharing Your Story Through Video / Tips for Measuring Online Success

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Join Bryan Caplan, National Trainer for Google’s Get Your Business Online, as he introduces you to the power of video and demonstrates how you can use video content to promote your business, improve marketing efforts, and build a loyal audience. Bryan will also show you ways to track and measure your marketing efforts to make sure you’re getting the most out of your digital marketing program.