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Due to the holidays, all Dayton Metro Library locations will be closed on: Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25, Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, January 1st.

Bill Gates Recommends...

Have you ever wondered what inspires the really successful people in the world? Who do they listen to and what do they read? I recently came across an interview with Bill Gates that includes a list of the favorite books he's read in 2014. Bits and pieces of this interview have appeared other places, but I'm linking to it here so you can access the whole list of titles. As we wind up this calendar year, give some thought to what has influenced your success this year. If there is a good book you'd like to share with others, drop me an email and let me know about it. I'll compile a bibliography and share it after the first of the year! READ THE ARTICLE HERE!

(Source: Upstart Business Journal 12/8/2014.)

League of Women Voter's Election Guide in Spanish

Claudia Cortez-Reinhardt, Executive Director of the Dayton Hispanic Chamber, has translated the League's Voter's Guide into Spanish. It can be accessed here.

Small Business Startup Orientation Workshop

Those looking to start a new business in 2015 should plan to attend SCORE’s Startup Workshop on Monday, November 17.  Workshop description is provided below.  You can register via SCORE’s website.

Entrepreneurs Start-Up Business Orientation
Monday, November 17, 2014

Targeted audience: This Workshop curriculum is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who have a dream of starting a new for-profit business or non-profit organization and do not have a clear understanding of where to begin and how to proceed.

Workshop description: Part one of this free workshop provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspective while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. Part two of this highly interactive program provides additional new business start-up perspective and identifies the start-up process and what is required for building an effective start-up plan.

New Business Specialist at the Dayton Metro Library

annThe Dayton Metro Library has a new Business Specialist on staff. Ann Riegle-Crichton replaces Jeffrey Fortescue, who is now Assistant Manager of the Adult Services Division for the Library.

"One of my first projects as the Business Specialist will be to conduct a needs assessment, evaluating what Library services will be most beneficial to the businesses in our service area," said Riegle-Crichton. "The climate for business, especially for new small businesses, has changed so much in recent years, and I want to make sure we're providing programming, resources and referrals that are timely and beneficial in today's market."

Currently, The Dayton Metro Library offers a variety of resources free-of-charge to assist entrepreneurs who want to:

• Write a business plan
• Find customers or suppliers
• Analyze new business opportunities
• Study business conditions
• Identify business and industry trends
• Find networking opportunities

Riegle-Crichton served as director of New Madison Public Library for 12 years before joining the Dayton Metro Library in 2013. She did her undergraduate work in communication and education at Miami University and earned a Masters in Library Science degree from Kent State University.

"I am well positioned to assist small business owners with their challenges because I have experience with everything from HR to vendor contracts, staff supervision, customer service and marketing," she said. "I served as an adjunct instructor for Edison Community College, teaching public speaking and presentation skills. In my earlier career days, I served in an administrative role for two arts organizations and earned my management stripes working in a retail setting which was a great learning experience."

Riegle-Crichton can be reached by phone at 937-496-8631, by email at or in person at the Main Library downtown, 215 E. Third Street. The Library offers a free email newsletter for updates on new business resources, upcoming workshops, and information on events in the community. Sign up at

Small Business Seminars for Minority & Women Business Owners

Small Business Development Series Resource Training coming to Dayton!

ladiesThe U.S. Small Business Administration and its partners are hosting a series of free small business seminars designed for minority and women business owners. This initiative is a broad effort to strengthen and expand business ownership among these two groups. The Small Business Development Series will help small and minority businesses to access resources that can help them grow and enhance their entrepreneurial skills.

The next seminar in the series is entitled "Small Business Procurement". In this seminar, special emphasis will be placed on the procurement process for small businesses. Listen to the various certifications for your small business and the steps you need to become certified.

Tuesday, September 16th - 714 E. Monument Ave, Suite 116, Dayton, Ohio 45402 (9:00 a.m. to noon)
Register at or 937-281-0118


Don’t Miss These Free Workshops for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs from SCORE and Dayton Metro Library

Score-Dayton smallGrow Your Successful Business: Orientation to Small Business Growth
A workshop for those who already have a business that is doing well but want to compete aggressively and grow. This free orientation provides realistic business and marketplace perspective and identifies key steps in the business growth process.
Tuesday May 20th 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Miamisburg Library

Business Planning for the Small Company
A workshop for existing business owners or entrepreneurs with a clear idea of their business start-up. Learn how to develop a plan for your business that will significantly improve your chances of being successful. 
Tuesday May 27th 6:00 to 8:00p.m. at the Kettering-Moraine Library

Want to Increase Sales Performance for your Small Business?
A workshop for existing business owners that demonstrates how to create an effective sales strategy by focusing on the buyer's perspective.
Tuesday June 3rd 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Miamisburg Library

Business Can Be Better: Stabilize Your Struggling Business
A workshop for those who already have a business that is doing well but want to compete aggressively and grow. This free orientation provides realistic business and marketplace perspective and identifies key steps in the business growth process.
Tuesday June 17th 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Miamisburg Library

Want to Harness the Internet to Increase Business? An Introduction to Web Based Marketing
A workshop is for existing business owners that provides an overview of web-based marketing and determines which elements are appropriate for your business. [This is a Brown-Bag Seminar--feel free to bring your lunch.]
Friday June 20th from Noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Huber Heights Library

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