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Small Business Fair 2010

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Are you a small business owner? Would you like to participate in our Small Business Fair?

The Calgary Public Library is excited to host our annual Small Business Fair at the Central Library on Thursday October 21st. Small Business owners are invited to contact Business Librarian Kristen Holm, for information about how to participate.

We are proud to showcase a variety of local small businesses in addition to agencies and companies that offer business owners mentorship and support.

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Visit the Central Library and check out our business resources! We’ve got everything from sample business plans, to information about how to register and incorporate your business. We can generate lists of competitors and help you with basic market research. We’ve even got a fee-for-service research department!

All you need is a good idea, a library card, and a whole lot of hard work!

See you at the Small Business Fair!

Reference USA: Canadian Businesses

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The third floor of the Central Library houses the Business, Science & Social Sciences collections. Nearly every day, we use a tool called Reference USA: Canadian Businesses, and we always highlight this database in our Career and Business Tours.

We use this tool because we’re constantly being asked questions like:

  • How can I get a list of my competitors?
  • How do I find out how many dentists (or language schools, or residential architects, or commercial bakeries) there are in Calgary?
  • I’m an engineer. How can I find out which engineering companies have more than 50 employees?

If you need information about a business, or you need to generate lists of businesses within a certain field or industry, then Reference USA is for you.

Don’t be fooled by the name! This powerful database can help you find all sorts of businesses within Calgary, and across Canada.

From our e-library, select Business, Directories, Investment & Careers and then Reference USA. Admittedly, the database can seem a bit tricky for those who aren’t familiar with it. But 3rd floor staff are always willing to walk you through a few searches. So, don’t be afraid to drop by, call, or chat online with us!

A Tour of Central Library

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Many folks use their branch library, and don’t know what the Central Library has to offer. Here’s a quick tour, for those who are unfamiliar:

On the 5th floor, you’ll find resources for those with special needs: talking books, an ALEX computer, Braille books, books in large print, and so forth. You’ll also find books in a wide variety of world languages, and materials to support your acquisition of a second or third language.

The 4th floor is a combination of fiction and non-fiction. You’ll find classic, popular, western, sci-fi and other novels (both in print and on CD and MP3). You’ll also find books on history, genealogy, travel, poetry and writing. The Local History Room is a unique wealth of information about Calgary!

The 3rd floor has a very diverse collection. Find resources about Business, Science and Social Sciences, and special collections such as government documents, directories, statistics and law. Calgary’s largest collection of career related materials is here, too. Research Plus, the fee-for-service division of the Calgary Public Library, is located on the 3rd floor.

The 2nd floor is filled with resources for children of all ages, all the way through the teen years. Baby books, graphic novels, and everything in between!

The 1st floor houses materials about arts and recreation, including games and sports. Find our largest range of music, movies, and magazines here, too.

Make a trip to the Central Library and check out what’s beyond your branch! Staff at Central are well trained in their particular subject areas, and we love to answer your questions!

Spend Less! Tackling Consumerism and Advertising

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Money is slippery stuff! After paying the rent, and buying the groceries, most of us have to pay pretty close attention to where the remainder of our paycheck goes. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I operate outside of the confines of a budget. That doesn’t mean I spend like a millionaire. Rather, it means that if someone asked me how much I spent per month on groceries, entertainment, and so on, I would have no idea. I only know that I continue to swipe the plastic, and make the payment. Swipe the plastic, and make the payment…

Are you spending on what is truly important to you? Or, are your frittering away your hard-earned dough on items that are unnecessary and unimportant? Learn how to become an educated consumer, by joining us on Tuesday, June 1st. Staff from Momentum, a Community Economic Development organization, will facilitate this presentation.

If you’re wondering about cost, you’ll be glad to know that this program – like all programs at the Calgary Public Library – is free of charge!

Anatomy of a Career Tour

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The Business, Science & Social Sciences department of the Calgary Public Library is pleased to offer Career Tours to groups and individuals. We’ve been hosting them for years, and consistently receive positive feedback about how valuable this program is. What is a Career Tour, and why should you participate?

A Career Tour is a 75 – 90 minute presentation about the key resources and services that the Calgary Public Library provides to those who are seeking employment, or refining their workplace skills.

In a tour, participants will learn about print sources (books, newspapers, magazines, etc), electronic databases, recommended websites, online directories, CPL's e-library and much more! Experienced facilitators will highlight our favourite resources, and gladly answer your questions. We will tailor the presentation to suit the backgrounds and interests of the participants. Teens, small business owners, newcomers and ESL students, engineers with foreign credentials; no matter what the group profile, we’ll customize a tour!

Go beyond Google, to make your job search thorough, efficient and effective.

The Calgary Public Library has Calgary’s largest collection of career related materials, and we offer free programs ranging from workplace skills to computer literacy.

If you’re interested in a Career Tour, contact the Business, Science & Social Sciences department at (403) 260-2782.

Buying Your First Home

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Amortization? Fixed versus variable? Open versus Closed?

When I recently purchased my first home, I had the help of an experienced banker, who happens to be a relative. If I didn’t have her to walk me through the process, I’m sure I would have been lost.

Don’t make the mistake of signing something you don’t entirely understand! A mortgage is one of the most important contracts you’ll ever enter into.

Join us at the Central Library on Wednesday, May 19th, for a presentation from Royal Bank and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Find out more about mortgages, and have your questions answered!

For more information, and a full list of CPL programs, please click here.

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