Libraries are a critical support for small business owners and entrepreneurs in communities, providing access to a wide range of programs and services that can bolster their work. With two separate tracks designed for library staff of differing levels of expertise, ULC’s new *FREE* boot camp series provides resources for libraries to effectively support entrepreneurs.
View the recording of the ULC Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Information Session to get more details about each track and which may be right for you.
Watch Recorded Webinars in the Boot Camp Series
Entrepreneurship Boot Camp | Track 1, Session 1: Foundations
In the first of two highly interactive webinars, the first Entrepreneurship Boot Camp session for Track 1 aided participants in understanding what opportunities exist for their local entrepreneur audience. This webinar took place on Thursday, February 15, 2024.
Boot Camp Tracks and Session Descriptions
Toolkit | Closing the Entrepreneurship Gap: Tools for LibrariesView the Resource
Strengthening communities is the business of libraries — and support for under-resourced entrepreneurs is key to that role. By addressing support gaps for high-need entrepreneurs, libraries are critical drivers for local economic recovery, resilience and equity, which is more vital than ever in the COVID-19 era.
White Paper | Entrepreneurship: Where Urban Libraries FitRead the White Paper
Knology, a social science research organization, with the support of the ULC and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, assessed the range and impact of entrepreneurship programs offered by urban libraries across the US and released a white paper in April 2022. This study documented the ways that libraries currently support entrepreneurs. It also identified areas where the demand for business-related programming is increasing.
Leadership Brief | Strengthening Libraries as Entrepreneurial HubsRead the Leadership Brief
This Leadership Brief focuses on the public library’s role as an essential resource for entrepreneurs and core component of local entrepreneurial ecosystems. It highlights the exciting work already underway in libraries to advance the entrepreneurial spirit and identifies seven strategies for library leaders to become more intentional about implementing programs that support local economic development goals and reach potential entrepreneurs most in need of guidance and encouragement.
Article | Public Libraries as Critical Spaces for ConveningRead the Article
Hear from ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater about the importance of libraries as physical convening spaces. Through creative development of these spaces, libraries can contribute to the wellness, civic engagement, and productivity of their communities.
Thank you to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for supporting this initiative.