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"Check Out Canton" For Business

This program has been discontinued


The Canton Public Library and Canton Economic Development have teamed up to help our community "check out" Canton businesses. It works like the very popular Museum Adventure Pass program. Local businesses supply special offers that you can check out from the library with your library card. Use the passes to save on goods and services throughout Canton.

If your business is interested in participating in this program, please contact Canton Economic Development at (734) 394-5182.

DemographicsNow and Reference USA

Join us on Thursday, August 19th from Noon to 1:00PM for DemographicsNow and Reference USA, the final session in our Summer School for Small Business series. Learn how to use DemographicsNow and Reference USA to get accurate, up-to-date information to market your business, research competitors, get customer leads and more. No registration required.

DemographicsNow and ReferenceUSA

Learn to use DemographicsNow and ReferenceUSA databases to find out more about your local community, your customers, and your competitors! The up-to-date business intelligence will help you better market your business, get customer leads, and more. This one hour session is part of the Summer School for Business series.
Date: August 19, 2010
Time: Noon to 1:00PM
Location: Internet Lab

Protect Yourself from Internet Fraud

You hear it all the time, "Internet identity theft on the rise." If you have been searching for a resource on identity theft protection and more, look no further. OnGuard Online is a website from the Federal Government in collaboration with businesses in the technology industry, which provides tips to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. OnGuard Online's Net Cetera provides information on how to keep children safe and secure online. These websites provide information and tutorials on spyware, online shopping, and much more. A Spanish version of this site is also available.

Local Listings for Businesses

As we'll discuss at the Google Business Center program tomorrow, local listings and reviews are a great way to increase website traffic and foster healthy customer relationships.

When you list (or claim, or check in) your business on these sites, you have some control over what information appears. Having a listing is the first step toward engaging people and in turn having them engage their social circles.

Here are some examples of a familiar local venue's listings on various sites:

Canton - A Hidden Gem For Business

Canton, considered to be a Hidden Gem of Economic Development, will be featured on the Fox Business Channel on the economic news show Inside Business with Fred Thompson on Sunday, July 25th at 4:00PM. The segment will feature township Supervisor, Phil LaJoy, and Canton Economic Development Manager Debra Bilbrey-Honsowetz. It's a great time to be part of Canton!

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.

Send Your Small Business to Summer School

Spending a few hours in school this summer could pay off big for your business. That's the idea behind the Canton Public Library's Summer School for Small Business series. Spend a lunch hour at the library and learn tips and techniques with classes that are specifically geared for business application. For a full list of classes, click the attachment or search the program calendar.

Job Searching and Business Marketing with ReferenceUSA Database

If you are a job seeker or a business owner, don't miss out on this free training session. Learn to use ReferenceUSA to job search in different geographical areas and industries. Find out how to identify key contacts, and to create customized marketing lists for your needs.

Date: Wednesay, June 16, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:15PM
Location: the Internet Lab
Space is limited. Register online.

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 #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.