Libraries: an Extension of Your Startup

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 by Business_and_Finance

SCCLD libraries image Libraries are your best silent partner, never calling in sick, with many resources available 24/7 with a Santa Clara County Library District card and PIN. Libraries offer resources to help you with: Business Plans via Small Business Resource Center Industry Research via Standard & Poor's Legal Forms via Legal Information Reference Center Marketing via Reference USA Creating an app for your company via Treehouse For . . . more »

Long-term Health Care Information

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Business_and_Finance

Book cover: Protecting your family With all the talk about health insurance, have you thinking about about your future needs?How does one even begin searching for long-term care, and what are the options? Resources are available to help you plan for long-term care. The following are books that may be checked out or can be placed on hold with a valid Santa Clara County Library District card and PIN. For . . . more »

You Can Now Create a Mobile App for Your Business

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

Treehouse logo Would you like your business to have a mobile app that customers could download? Where does one find somebody to create the app and how much will it cost? The Santa Clara County Library District now has a resource to help you create an app for your business yourself for either Android or iPhone. Treehouse is a resource that will walk you through step by . . . more »

Starting a Food Truck Business

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

How to start a home-based Food Truck Business book Is it time to polish your idea for operating a food truck and hit the open road of city streets? Here are a few books in the library that can help you on this new adventure: The Santa Clara County Library District has other resources to help you succeed at your new endeavor. The Small Business Resource Center is a resource that can help you . . . more »

Start Your Business with Treehouse

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

treehouse banner New at the library - Treehouse Start a Business track! Learn how to start an online business on your own time. Treehouse is an online learning platform that teaches learners coding and web development skills, like creating an iPhone/Android app or building websites, through the use of tutorials, videos, and course modules. Treehouse also has a business module that guides you through creating a corporate . . . more »

The Big Short

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

The Big Short If you have ever seen, let alone read, an investment fund’s prospectus, you know how excruciatingly mind-numbing they can be. One can only wish that investment firms and rating agencies had writers of Michael Lewis’ caliber. With The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Lewis has crafted a compelling story about the financial world leading up to the Great Recession and made it as riveting . . . more »

Rohith's Real Fast Delivery Service

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

Rohith wants to expand his delivery service to new neighborhoods. To do this he needs a mailing list of all the businesses in that neighborhood. He called his library and found out that he could do that for free through Reference USA. Using the Geography- Neighborhoods function, Rohith selects his own Almaden neighborhood and all the other nearby Almaden neighborhoods. He finds 379 businesses in . . . more »

Bhi’s Better Building

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

Bhi ‘s Better Building wants to expand its general contractor business . He wants to partner with property management companies to do repair work on apartments and other rental property. To be efficient, he needs to get a mailing list of property management companies within 20 miles of his office. How can he do this without paying oodles of money to a direct mail firm? . . . more »

Skill-building Help Available in LearningExpress Library

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

LearningExpress Library logo You have discovered a perfect business opportunity. Would you like to polish your writing or math skills for this opportunity, but have no time to take a class? LearningExpress Library is an award-winning resource that has courses and content available for improving proficiency in reading, writing and math as well as workplace skills including business writing, and core computer skills. All you need is a . . . more »

Investment Resource: Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

Standard & Poor's logo There is a wealth of investing information available to you at the Santa Clara County Library District. You have online access to three valuable resources: Morningstar, Value Line, and Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage (S&P). In this blog let's focus on just one of them. S&P have been leaders in the financial services sector for over 150 years and their S&P 500 index is one of . . . more »

Developing a Blue Ocean Business Strategy

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

Blue Ocean Strategy Blue Ocean Strategy is a great book for those new or familiar to business strategy. The book focuses on developing value within a company to reduce competition. While this is not a unique concept, the methods laid out by the book are. There are a variety of sequences and thought processes the book advocates for developing and executing a business strategy that avoids direct competition, . . . more »

10 Truths about Leadership

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Business_and_Finance

The Truth about Leadership In The Truth about Leadership , authors Kouzes and Posner layout 10 truths about leadership. The authors derived these truths from polls, and illustrate them with excerpts from a variety of interviews. The truths laid out by the authors do not seem to be unique, but their explanations are thorough and thought provoking. Also, the language used by the authors is meditative in its approach, . . . more »