This is why I LOVE the library! It has taken me seven years to obtain a library card, and I SO wish I had gotten it sooner! I won’t make you read my entire story without giving you the goods first…
If you haven’t been to this site and you need info on your local businesses (or any business in the nation really), you must click above. This is the link for our local Seminole County library where you have to have a library card and agree to their terms before you can get onto the site. I’m sure other county libraries have something similar.
Both the ladies at the help desk and our local SBA chapter referred me to this website. What a lifesaver! If you’re doing ANY kind of market research for your business, you HAVE to check this site out! It makes a breeze of finding your competition, their gross sales, and their annual expenditures. Not to mention the library’s website has TONS of information on Seminole County demographics and starting your own business. They even offer free seminars on how to write a business plan. I’m thinking of checking this out! Has anyone taken one of these seminars before? Was it helpful?
SO, tell me if you’re at all like me. Every year I kicked myself for not getting a library card! The hardest part was just remembering to go into our local branch with a piece of “official” mail or something with my name on it. FINALLY, one day, I happen to be twins-free and thought I would go in and try. Luckily my car registration, insurance card, and driver’s license sufficed! Though I loathe inconvenient rules and anything I can’t fill out online, I have to say I am so so so glad I finally made the extra effort! Silly me for grudgingly taking so long!
I never realized how helpful the librarians could be about just plain old research… on anything. I think the front desk lady who gave me my library card said the reference librarians have a PhD in research? Is that right? I never knew how much they had to know about everything? What a cool job! I’d love to hear from any librarians out there about how you know all that you know! And thank you for helping all of us lay-people figure it all out!
So if you’re not tired of my exclamation points yet (I’m just so excited about how easy this site just made my life!!!!!), then I’d love to hear from you! Tell me where you’re at in your business starting process and what you’ve discovered!