Starting a Small Business? Learn the Basics to Get Started

Next FREE Workshop Series at Providence Public Library Begins April 14

If you are thinking of starting a business of your own and wondering where to begin, register NOW to get the basics through this FREE five-part informational workshop series presented by Providence Public Library and RI SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Professionals). The workshops will be held Saturdays beginning April 14 and running through May 12, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence. Space is limited to 25 people. You MUST register to attend the workshops!

Members of RI SCORE will present and discuss the various aspects of planning and owning a business. Library staff will discuss print and electronic resources available at the Library to   research your business and marketing plan.

To Register: call 401-455-8027 or email your name & phone number to: (please put "Attention: Ann P" in the subject line.) You may also sign up online at:


April 14 -- Administrative & Legal Considerations for Starting a Small Business (Business name, legal structure, licenses & permits, start-up check list (20 items)
April 21 – Marketing & Sales Planning  (Customer considerations, demographics, channels of distribution, features & benefits, advertising, competition, pricing)
April 28  -- Social Media & Website Development (Domain name, site provider, web site design, search engine optimization)
May 5 – Small Business Accounting & Financial Management (Start-up costs, balance sheet, P&L and cash flow)
May12 – How to Write an Effective Business Plan (Loan requirements, marketing plan, financial plan)