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NV Libraries Can Help Small-Business Owners

PHOTO: Libraries offer hundreds of dollars worth of information at no cost that can help guide Nevadans through the process of starting a small business. Photo courtesy National Endowment for the Humanities.
PHOTO: Libraries offer hundreds of dollars worth of information at no cost that can help guide Nevadans through the process of starting a small business. Photo courtesy National Endowment for the Humanities.
March 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS - People in Nevada who are pursuing their dream of starting a small business can save some money by accessing free services available through their local library.

Joe Stoner, chairman of the Southern District with the Nevada Library Association, says libraries have abundant information on the essentials of starting a business. He says the starting point is learning about business plans.

"Literally thousands of business plans and cover the financials of the business, who the competition would be, a sample of the management profile," he says. "These are actual plans this publisher has compiled."

Stoner says business plans and other resources also can help existing businesses grow revenues and market their product or service. He points to "Reference USA," a tool available through the library that helps locate potential customers.

Stoner says having a strong business plan in hand is critical when seeking funding that can help turn a vision into reality.

"These tools will help you build your case as a business owner, or a prospective business owner, when you're going to a bank, or to the Small Business Administration to get funding, to get a loan to start your business," he says.

According to the Small Business Administration, in a recent year, there were about 28 million small businesses operating in the United States, and accounted for about two-thirds of all new jobs in the private sector.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV