Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

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

Upcoming Programs

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Wednesday, November 22: Innovation Center One-on-One

Time: 2:00-4:00 (by appointment only)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

New to Photoshop and unsure where to start? Confused on how to design something for our 3D printer? Other questions about KBLIC software? Sign up for 30 minutes of one-on-one assistance by emailing your questions to businessref@bpl.org.

 

Tuesday, November 28: Financial Fitness for Folks Under 40, Part 2

Time: 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: WGBH studio, Central Library in Copley Square

Explore the various ways to grow your money through investing it, and understand the associated risks. Should you invest in your employer’s retirement account, buy real estate or open a brokerage account? Learn what you should be doing with your money today to create financial freedom tomorrow.

WGBH and Boston Public Library present a two-part conversation with certified financial planner Eric Roberge about ways to get the most out of your money. This is Part Two. Learn to prioritize your goals and create a process to keep you on track, regardless of what life throws at you.

Become financially fit. Eric will be at the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library to share the toolkit to get you there. Bring your questions, and start to create your plan for financial freedom.

This program is presented in partnership with WGBH.  It is sponsored by the Bank of America.

 

Wednesday, November 29: Innovation Center One-on-One

Time: 2:00-4:00 (by appointment only)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

New to Photoshop and unsure where to start? Confused on how to design something for our 3D printer? Other questions about KBLIC software? Sign up for 30 minutes of one-on-one assistance by emailing your questions to businessref@bpl.org.

 

Thursday, November 30: Blender for Beginners

Time: 1:00-2:30 and 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Learn how to design 3D objects using Blender, an open source 3D graphics and animation software. Learn about our 3D printer and 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, November 30: 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, December 5: Job Search & Resume Review Drop In

Time: 2:00-3:00
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

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

 

Tuesday, December 5: Small Business Credit and Lending

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

Bankers will discuss credit and lending options for small businesses including how to prepare to apply for a business loan. This program is sponsored by the Bank of America.

 

Thursday, December 7: Adobe Audition Basics

Time: 1:00-2:30 and 6:00-7:30 (registration recommended)
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

In this hands on workshop, learn the basics of editing and cleaning up an audio file using Adobe Audition. 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, December 7: 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

 

Friday, December 8: Grants: Finding Funders

Time: 10:00-11:00
Location: Community Learning Center Classroom

Learn how to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Knowledge of how to use a mouse, keyboard and the internet strongly recommended.

 

Tuesday, December 12: Job Search & Resume Review Drop In

Time: 2:00-3:00
Location: The Exchange, Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

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

 

Tuesday, December 12: How to Turn Email Opens and Clicks Into Sales

Time: 6:00-8:00 (registration recommended)
Location: Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

As the saying goes: “If You’re Not Measuring, You’re Not Marketing.” When it comes to digital marketing, measuring your campaigns is essential to your success. But how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insights you need to grow your business? Join us as we take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it.

 

Thursday, December 14: SketchUp for Beginners

Time: 1:00-2:30 and 6:00-7:30 (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, December 14: 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, December 19: How to Break into Consulting

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

Have you ever had interest in a career as a consultant however don’t know how to go about your career search? Or what to do? Get your questions answered from a seasoned management consultant. In this one hour session we will cover:

  • Different types of consulting career paths available
  • Creative ways to network your way into a consulting career
  • Insights into the common types of interviews
  • Answer your questions interviewing and resume prep, how to choose consulting firms, and other helpful tips

 

Thursday, December 21: Basics of 3D printing with TinkerCAD

Time: 1:00-2:30 and 6:00-7:30 (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, December 21: 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

 

Thursday, December 28: 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, January 16: Marketing Intensive Part 1

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.

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.

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: 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.