The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 DaytonMetroLibrary.org.