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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.

Free Small Business Seminar Through TechTown

Wayne State's TechTown, Detroit's research and technology park, is hosting FastTrac to the Future, a two day conference May 25th and 26th, for aspiring entrepreneurs. The conference will include breakout sessions on entrepreneurial topics, plus information tables and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with a business advisor about your goals. Best of all, it's free! Register online for this great opportunity.

Small Business Resource Center

Are you a business owner or thinking of becoming one? Tap into the library's Small Business Resource Center for sample business plans, sales strategy, market analysis and general business information.

Strategies of Success (SOS) Seminar

The Strategies of Success (SOS) series for business owners continues with "Reduce Your Costs and Achieve Top-Line Growth", held April 14th 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.

Speaker Norma LaVallee of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center will speak about how to achieve top-line growth by operating your business more efficiently using proven continuous improvement techniques.

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.