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An Employment Fair For the Seasoned Job Seeker

If you are over 50 and seeking employment, be sure to register to attend the Metro Detroit Career Fair at Burton Manor in Livonia on Tuesday, April 13th from 9:00AM to 1:30PM. While all ages are invited to attend this event, workshops will be held for seasoned workers who need help "rebranding" themselves. The event is sponsored by Fox2Detroit, AARP and EmploymentGuide.

Need to polish up your resume for the jobs fair? The library has many books on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing.

Computers @ Your Public Library

In a recent article by Donna Gordon Blankenship of the Associated Press, a third of Americans 14 and older — about 77 million people — use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with friends, do their homework and improve their lives, according to a new study released Thursday, March 25. The study was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by the University of Washington Information School. Study researchers were intrigued to find that people across all age and ethnic groups used library computers, said Michael Crandall, one of the principal authors of the study, from the University of Washington Information School.

SCORE Big For Your Small Business

Canton small business owners can now get free business counseling! The Canton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with SCORE, an Ann Arbor based small business counseling service, for advice in areas such as finance, accounting and management. For more information regarding availability and appointments, call the Chamber at (734) 453-4040.

Happy Birthday, Hershey's Chocolate Company!

If you’re a chocolate lover, February 9 is no ordinary day — it’s the day that Hershey’s Chocolate Company was founded in 1894. Hershey’s was started by Milton S. Hershey, the son of a Mennonite family who had little formal education but went on to become one of the richest men in America. By 1905, Hershey had built a state-of-the art factory to mass-produce chocolate bars, wafers and other delicious delectables. By 1907, his company had cracked the code and created what would become their best-selling product: the Hershey’s kiss. Coincidentally (or not!), Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so celebrate by getting your sweetie some Hershey’s kisses and checking out a book about this American original.
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Strategies of Success - February

Marketing in Today's Economy Tuesday, February 16, 7:30-9:00AM, Summit on the Park Banquet Center. Speaker Robert Fish, CEO and Co-Founder of Biggy Coffee will discuss how Biggby Coffee maintains a successful business through viral marketing and social networking. Space is limited. Please register in advance by Tuesday, February 9th by calling the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

Stategies of Success (SOS) is designed to give existing businesses a way to connect with valuable resources n the area, and provide information to help them stay successful.

Tax Time Tips from H & R Block

Working on your tax returns? Don't submit your return until you attend this free program on February 11, 7:00-8:30PM offered through a partnership with H & R Block. Learn how unemployment benefits, health insurance subsidies, first-time home buyer credit, new vehicle purchase and home improvements can impact your tax return. Make sure you are claiming all the right things and getting the full benefit of the American Re-Investment and Recovery Act. No registration required. There will be a question and answer session following the program.

Help for small businesses is close at hand...

The Reference desk at the Canton Library gets a lot of requests for Business-related information and we have plenty of resources to get you started on your business research. One resource highlighted by Turkia Mullin, the Wayne County EDGE Chief Development Officer at the Strategies for Success workshop is the Business Development Center at Schoolcraft College. Wayne County maintains an active partnership with the Michigan Small Business Technology Center network. There are several locations that provide consultations to all types and sizes of businesses. Once you get the resources you need from the Canton Library, contact the MI-SBTDC at Schoolcraft to see if they can help you take it the next level.

2009 Michigan Tax Forms Have Arrived!!

In the past couple weeks, dozens (if not hundreds) of patrons have called or visited the library asking about the 2009 Michigan tax forms: Well, your wait is over!! Find supplies of all of the most common Michigan 2009 tax forms and instruction booklets (including MI-1040 and MI-1040CR-7, better known as the Home Heating Credit Claim) on the large work table inside our Copy Center. These are in addition to the 2009 Federal tax forms and instructions, which have been in stock for the past few weeks. For the less common tax forms, you'll find binders containing all reproducible 2009 Michigan and Federal tax forms (photocopy charges apply to these reproducibles) in the Copy Center, which also has a computer work station featuring direct links to Federal, Michigan, Other States' and City of Detroit tax form websites.

Deduct Donations to Haiti on Your 2009 Tax Return

The United States Congress has approved a bill that will allow taxpayers to deduct recent contributions to the Haiti relief effort on their 2009 tax returns. To qualify the donation must be monetary and be made to a qualifying charity assisting in Haiti. For more details on how you can help visit the USAID website.

Strategies of Success Seminar Series January


Connecting to Success: Using resources to make your business more competitive and Successful will be held Wednesday, January 27, 7:30-9:00AM at the Summit on the Park Banquet Center. The featured speaker will be Turkia Awada Mullin, Assistant County Executive and Chief Development Officer of Wayne County's Economic Development Grow Engine.

Please register in advance by Friday, January 22 by phone to the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

This workshop will be the kickoff of the Strategies of Success seminar series sponsored by Canton Township and is free to Canton businesses and Canton Chamber members.

Detroit - News & Information Center

Make this your priority stop when looking for information on Detroit.
This information portal is all about Detroit and its surrounding communities. Local news items, jobs, special reports and obituaries are also included.

Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?

Tend to procrastinate? Need to improve your time management skills? If so, take some advice from Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. His secret to ending procrastination? Tackle the biggest, most challenging task of your day first thing. That's your "frog," says Tracy. If you're like many people, you'll instead try to complete several quick, easy and/or enjoyable tasks first thing in the morning. You'll learn why it's so important to "eat that frog" first, along with loads of other useful time management tips. No time to read a book, you say? No problem! Listen to the audiobook (on CDs) in your car while driving to work or running errands.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage is an excellent business reference. If you're looking for company financials and research, industry surveys, and investment information, give this great database a try! For an in-depth investment advisory tool, click on The Outlook. There's even a business education section. It's one-stop shopping for many of your business needs.

Reclaim your missing money

If you think you might not have received some money that was due to you, you may want to pay a visit to Missingmoney.com, a free service offered by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. Missingmoney.com searches governmental databases to track down any money that has been reported unclaimed. Simply enter your name and state to find out if you have stocks, bonds, uncashed checks or wages, certificates of deposit, trust funds or any other lost forms of money waiting for you. This could be just the holiday gift you've been waiting for!

CommerceConnect Office Now Open in Plymouth

The U.S. Department of Commerce has opened the very first CommerceConnect office in Plymouth, Michigan. This new service center, located in the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center on Haylard (near M-14 and Beck Road), is designed to connect business people with resources offered by the federal government - including research, analysis, market advice & financing options.

Avoid An Unpleasant Surprise in January

Millions of taxpayers started taking home more money in their paychecks this past April thanks to the Making Work Pay Tax Credit. However, changes to the IRS withholding tables cannot take into account single workers with multiple jobs or dual-income married couples for example. All these changes could mean a smaller refund or larger balance due next year. Now is the time to review and adjust your W-4 and ensure that you are withholding the correct amount. This IRS Withholding Calculator can help you avoid an unpleasant surprise come tax time.

Job Seekers Learn to Research Companies Online

One of the most important parts of any successful job search is thoroughly researching potential employers. Such a task can be daunting, especially if you are unfamilar with the resources available. Researching Companies Online is an excellent business research tutorial that will help even the most inexperienced user find free company and industry information on the World Wide Web.

Free & Easy: Document Scanning at CPL

Did you know Canton Public Library's three public-use copy machines also double as document scanners? Because the machines have auto sheet feeders, they are great (and fast) for scanning and saving multi-page documents in either pdf or tiff format. You'll need to have an email address, because scanned files are sent electronically to the email address(es) you enter. The Copy Center also offers two letter-size flatbed scanners, which work well for photos and other graphics because you can save your scans in the popular jpeg or a variety of other formats. The flatbed scanners also have OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities, which allow you to scan text pages that convert easily to Word documents so you can edit them. There is no fee to use any of the Copy Center scanners.

Blowin' in the Wind: Clean Energy, Made in Michigan

The wind turbine pictured here is one of 32 harnessing clean electricity on Harvest Wind Farm in Elkton, MI. (I took this photo during a summer trip to the Thumb Area.) Michigan Wind 1, with 46 turbines, is another wind farm located just north of Elkton in Ubly, MI. Major energy companies like DTE and Consumers Energy are tapping into these and other wind farms in Michigan to supply electric power to their customers. Combined, both wind farms generate about 122 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 35,000 homes.

Wind, solar and geothermal are among the most promising methods to generate clean, renewable energy. You can learn more about a clean energy future by reading Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist from The New York Times.

TIECon Midwest 2009

TIECon Midwest 2009 will take place Friday, October 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, MI. The conference is designed for entrepreneurs who "think creatively, innovatively and resourcefully to create their own future regardless of economic conditions and uncertainties."TiECon Midwest 2009 will focus on four vertical educational tracks including: Cleantech, IT, Healthcare and Emerging Concepts.