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State of Rhode Island

Office of Library & Information Services

Adult Services: Small Business

Small Business Saturday Resources

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping "holiday" held during the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and serves as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Busines Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a trademark of American Express.

Further Reading

Program Models

Business Before Breakfast (Never Shut Up About the Awesome Programs at the Library, Public Library Online, December 27, 2018)

Business Book Group (Darien Public Library, Darien, CT)

Business on a Budget: Programming for Entrepreneurs (Programming Librarian, June 18, 2015)

Entrepreneur Fair (Programming Librarian, September 17, 2015)

Entrepreneur in Residence (Toronto Public Library)

Meeting Description

January 16, 2019

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Greenville Public Library

Do you have a relationship with the small businesses in your community?  Have you ever participated as a Neighborhood Champion on Small Business Saturday?  Does your library offer services that you could be marketing to business owners and entrepreneurs?  Join fellow adult programming librarians to discuss the pros and cons of partnering with businesses, share your ideas for working with local businesses, hear ideas from other libraries and leave with resources for reaching out to businesses and entrepreneurs in your community.

Meeting Goals and Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Share ideas and experiences they have had related to building relationships with small business in their community
  • Identify library services that could be promoted to small business and/or identify a new program or service to offer to small businesses or entrepreneurs in the community