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Reliable Information for Business Decisions

lyndaThis is Pat Newcomb, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) in Dayton, standing in for Ann Riegle-Crichton this week. Ann and I work hard to lever the resources of many entrepreneur and small business support programs within (and thanks to the internet) beyond Dayton Metro Library’s historical “footprint”.  We both wrestle with how best to convey critical INFORMATION to our entrepreneurs that is NECESSARY, SUFFICIENT, and TIMELY while helping you use this information to make and act upon important business decisions.

We’ve also discovered that in this age of information overload, that the need for the “trusted advisor” is as strong as ever. This is where resources like Starting Your Business in Ohio, the US Small Business Administration and Business First’s  Business Toolkit provide a “safe harbor” of sorts. They are free to use if you have internet connection (DML provides this to those who don’t), AND they are NOT pushing you to buy one solution over another, giving you the information to make better decisions. Dayton Metro Library’s Business Databases are in active use by the business builders we see: Reference USA®, Law Depot®, and Business Source Premier®. This “just-in-time” access to content along with the one-one confidential advising services offered by our SBDC or SCORE is a winning combination.

I began this piece today, however, wanting to make sure that our region’s entrepreneurs, new business owners, established business owners and all business builders take advantage of the critical Business Skills videos available now through DML’s link to LYNDA.COM. I have been especially interested in the tracks on Business Fundamentals, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Cash Flow Planning, and many more. I know that I am going to be recommending some of these presentations to my SBDC clients. These are core basic skills that you want to be able to have some knowledge about and they are accessible on my clients’ schedules.  So, dear readers, I challenge you to visit Lynda.com, browse the many topics, build a playlist and start learning.

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