Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

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

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Tuesday, December 19, Exploring Business Ownership

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

Learn how the SBA and other resource partners can assist you in starting and growing your business. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

Counseling/Technical Assistance through SBA and various resource partners:
Small Business Development Centers / SCORE / Center for Women & Enterprise / City & State Economic Development Offices

Access to Capital:
SBA 7(A) Advantage Loan Guaranty Program / SBA 504 Grow Loan / Microlending / Disaster Loans

Government Contract Opportunities:
8(A) Business Development Program / HUB Zone Program / Disadvantaged Business, Woman-owned, Service-disabled Veteran Self-Certifications / Subcontracting

Participants will receive the Annual SBA Massachusetts Resource Guide and other materials to encourage the completion of a business plan draft. For more information, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/ma

 

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

 

Thursday, January 4: Photoshop Alternatives: Pixlr Editor

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

No Photoshop? No problem! Learn how to edit photos and make cool images using Pixlr a web based photo editing software. Students may bring their own laptops to this session. 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, January 4: 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 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

 

Tuesday, January 9: Accounting for Small Business Owners

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

If your business doesn’t make money for you, we call that a hobby. And how do you know your business is making money? You track your income and expenses, and frequently look at financial reports that tell you how you are doing.

Many of our SCORE clients want to avoid learning about bookkeeping, accounting, and financial statements as if they carry the plague! We would like to demystify this whole area for you – it doesn’t have to be complicated – so that you have confidence that you can set up your books and understand your financial results (even if you decide to pay someone else to actually keep the books).

Come to this free workshop for an accessible introduction to the basics of bookkeeping and accounting for your business.

 

Thursday, January 11: Adobe CC Alternatives: Canva

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

No Photoshop? No InDesign? No problem! In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to create stunning visuals and images for social media, presentations, and more with Canva, a cloud based application. Students may bring their own laptops to this session. 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, January 11: 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.

Wednesday, January 17: Mike Lewis: When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want

Time: 6:00-7:30
Location: Commonwealth Salon

How do you start doing what you really, really want? You jump. Mike Lewis sought 40 people to tell the story of how they left the job that was not working for them and went to something they truly adored in When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want. An inspirational book that lays out the “Jump Curve”—the fundamental four steps to finally, wholeheartedly, pursue your dreams—by telling the experiences of a wide variety of people who did just that.

When Mike was 24 he was well on his way to the American Dream. He worked at a prestigious corporate job, but it wasn’t his dream. He sought out guidance from other people who had made the leap and the answers he got—from a banker who became a brewer, a journalist who became a paramedic, a garbage collector who became a furniture designer, et cetera—were so clear-eyed and inspiring that Mike wanted to share what he had heard and learned with anyone else who might be helped by these stories. The right book at the right time, When to Jump is a culmination of true, heartening, and instructive stories with a straightforward four-step guide and section takeaways that will reassure: You can make the jump. Just let yourself.

Mike Lewis received his BA from Dartmouth College and decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional squash player after two years of working at Bain Capital. Since then, he has been collecting stories of other people who have left certain paths to pursue entirely different ones and sharing them under the When to Jump platform online and seminars held around the country. He lives in San Francisco

Thursday, January 18: Navigating Adobe InDesign

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

In this workshop students will learn the basics of Adobe InDesign including document setup placing text and images, making guides, and saving and exporting. Laptops and exercise files will be included.

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.

 

Monday, January 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

 

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.

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 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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.