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Google Business Center

The library's Summer School for Small Business series is going strong! Our next class will be Google Business Center on Wednesday, July 28th from Noon-1:00PM. Find out how to advertise online, maximize your revenue, reach new customers, enhance your website and increase your productivity. No registration required.

Tweeting For Business Success

Our Summer School for Small Business series continues with Twitter For Business on Thursday, July 22nd from Noon-1:00PM. Learn how to use Twitter to connect with customers, build relationships and engage potential customers. No registration is required but you must have an existing email account.

Facebook for Business

Join us on Tuesday, July 13th from Noon-1:00PM to learn about Facebook. The second session in our Summer School for Small Business series, Facebook for Business will teach you how to post events, photos and include Facebook in your business marketing plan. Prerequisite: existing email account or personal Facebook account. No registration necessary.

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

If you work for a manager or are one yourself, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, is a great read.

The author, Liz, Wiseman contends that leaders fall into two distinct categories: Multipliers and Diminishers. Multipliers, those who liberate their employees to do their very best, invest in human capital and inspire excellence, are the exact opposite of Diminishers. Diminishers, in turn, are toxic, self-centered, and often know-it-alls, whose lack of managerial skills tend to tear down their employees. While many people land in the middle of this continuum, Wiseman creates an excellent framework for her theory. Anyone who reads this book will recognize the Multipliers and Diminishers in their lives.

Learn About CantonWiki

Learn about the CantonWiki with creator, George Hotelling on Wednesday, July 7th, from Noon-1:00PM. This program is the first session in our Summer School for Small Business program. George will instruct how to create and edit CantonWiki.org and how it can be a great marketing tool for your business. No registration required.

Nebula Awards 2010

...and the winner of the 2010 Nebula Awards for best novel is: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Nominees include:

Science Fiction for the Fiction Reader

If you're a fiction reader and prefer books with character development and believable plots, these science fiction titles may be just the choice for you.

National Small Business Week Tip #6: Your Library Is Here To Help

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

National Small Business Week Tip #5: Tax Tips 101

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

Small business owners and individuals who are self-employed have lots of questions and concerns about taxes. The IRS Tax Calendar has a wealth of tax tips, contact information and handy schedules. The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center has links for everything from publications and forms to helpful newsletters.

Strategies of Success Seminar for June

The Strategies of Success (SOS) series for business wraps up for the summer with "Changing With the Times", held June 8th at the Summit on the Park from 7:30-9:00AM. Register by calling or emailing the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040 or admin@cantonchamber.com.

This month's seminar includes inspirational success stories from Michigan business owners.  The Strategies of Success series will resume in the fall. 

National Small Business Week Tip #4: Taking Care of Business in the Great Lakes State

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

National Small Business Week Tip #3: Adding Up Business Expenses

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

There are many expenses in owning a small business. Although not every expense can be used as a business deduction, certain portions of car, travel, business use of your home, entertainment and gift expenses can be claimed. Knowing which expense is deductible and keeping good records is vital. For a specific lists of deductions, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift and Car Expenses and Publication 535, Business Expenses.

National Small Business Week Tip #2 - Good Records Are a Good Bet

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

Today's tip is to keep good records for success. By keeping good records, small business owners can:
  • Monitor the progress of their business
  • Prepare their financial statements
  • Identify source of receipts
  • Keep track of deductible expenses
  • Prepare their tax returns
  • Support items reported on tax returns
For more information, see IRS Publication 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records.

National Small Business Week Tip #1: Start Out Right

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

Getting started with your small business can be overwhelming. You've got questions, but who has answers? The U.S. Small Business Administration has lots of resources for people just getting started with their business. Try the Small Business Planner for a step-by-step guide through the process. For more help and tips, visit the IRS Tax Calendar.

Fantasy and Futuristic Fiction For the Thoughtful Reader

Perhaps you are a fantasy or science fiction reader in search of meaning and intelligent thought. You'd like a book that you will think about long after you finish reading it. Leave the fluff behind and try one of these suggestions.