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Library System Offers Variety of Programs for Business Pros

Library System Offers Variety of Programs for Business Pros

Six business programs being offered at SCLSNJ libraries through Q1 and Q2

(Somerset County, NJ: January 23, 2017) Somerset County Library System of New Jersey has announced six programs for local business professionals.

“We are delighted to continue to support the small business economy in 2017 with free networking and educational opportunities for the small business owner and entrepreneur,” said Cathy DeBerry, adult services librarian at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch and Business Services Committee moderator. “The SCLSNJ business librarians are particularly excited to be offering for the first time a program for the Spanish speaking business community on finance at our North Plainfield branch.

Speed Networking
February 8, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater
Meet up to 24 other professionals over a two hour period while perfecting your 30-second “elevator speech,” practicing marketing skills, trying out a new sales pitch, and expanding your professional network. There will be a short presentation by Rocco Romeo, a corporate sales trainer, beforehand on in-person and digital networking skills, and refreshments will be served.

Business Maker Day
March 24, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
SCLSNJ Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Blvd. in Warren
This year’s professional mini-conference for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders will focus on social media: why it’s important and how to do it well. Learn to increase the visibility of your business, connect with your customers and community for free. Pooja Krishna of Career Networking for Women will present Social Media Effectively, a fast paced session of tips and tricks to get you started. Diane Thieke of Simply Talk Media will cover how to create high quality content on a variety of social media platforms. SCLSNJ staff will discuss how the library can be your business partner. There will be ample time for networking and you can set-up one on one appointments for specific help or tutoring. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  

Importance Of Saving For The Future For Small Business Owners And Their Employees / Importancia Del Ahorro Para El Futuro Para Dueños De Pequeñas Empresas Y Sus Empleados
April 5, 7-8 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 East High St. in Bound Brook
This program will focus on different ways to save, such as homeownership, savings accounts or tax advantaged vehicles like IRAs. There will be an emphasis on the importance of taking advantage of all the benefits that the place of employment may offer, including a 401(k) when applicable. Learn about the benefits of having insurance for your small business and for your employees. Presented by Elliott Smego, Financial Advisor, Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Este programa se concentra en diferentes maneras de ahorrar dinero: propiedades inmobiliarias, cuentas de ahorro u otros vehículos con ventajas impositivas como los IRAs. También se hará hincapié en la importancia de aprovechar todos los beneficios que un empleador puede ofrecer, incluyendo una cuenta 401(k) cuando sea aplicable. Infórmese acerca de los beneficios de tener seguro para su pequeña empresa y para sus empleados. Presentado por Elliott Smego, Asesor Financiero para Prudential Insurance Company of America.

LinkedIn Marketing
May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Rd. in Hillsborough
John Biancamano, chairman of the Princeton chapter of SCORE, will teach you how to use LinkedIn to expand your business network, make your expertise available to others, and prospect in a low key way.

Teen Tycoons: An Entrepreneurial Competition
May 19, 7-10 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater
In celebration of Small Business week, SCLSNJ is hosting a competition for aspiring teen entrepreneurs based on the popular entrepreneurial television show called Shark Tank. The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 eligible for an SCLSNJ library card. The judges are looking for original business concepts and/or new variations on an existing business concept. The business can be a brand new business or an already existing business. Groups up to a maximum of 3 people are allowed to enter the competition but only one member of the group will present. The participants will not be allowed extensions, PowerPoint slides or props of any kind. The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners will receive prizes. Space is limited. Applications to participate will be accepted beginning March 1, 2017. For more information email Cathy DeBerry, Please register early as space is limited.

Business Builders Breakfast
June 6, 8:30-10 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater
SCLSNJ business librarians will share library services and resources available to business professionals in cooperation with the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP). Topics to be discussed include online business resources such as Reference USA and the Small Business Resource Center, the digital Wall Street Journal, Business Kits, and the Business Center at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch. There is a fee to attend this event. For more information and to register, visit

Registration is required to attend these programs. To register, visit or contact your local SCLSNJ library branch.

About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.


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