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The rate of women-owned businesses is skyrocketing, and more female entrepreneurs than ever are pursuing their dreams to start a small business. Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) is proud to support such local growth through its can’t-miss financial insights.
TLCPL is hosting an upcoming series of Mompreneur Book Club events at multiple locations. Mompreneurs are female business owners who juggle responsibilities as a mother and entrepreneur. The books, which include Girl, Stop Apologizing and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, lay a groundwork of useful skills for business owners.
Value of Relationships
Betsy Harloff, 41, suggested the book club as a way for entrepreneurs to make connections. Local businesses can then grow through group collaboration and electronic resources. The Library seemed like a natural fit.
“The Library has really moved with the times, and it has so many resources that can help people with small businesses,” Harloff said. “I encourage people if they have any ideas to bring them to the Library.”
Harloff said she wants women to feel more confident in their entrepreneurial abilities and possess the courage to try again after setbacks. Women own four out of 10 businesses in the country, growing more than 50 percent from 2007 to 2018, according to a report from American Express.
“I just want women to know, especially with social media that always posts the perfect picture of everything, that we all fail,” Harloff said.
Linda Fayerweather, business specialist librarian, said the Mompreneur Book Club encourages female entrepreneurs to be proactive in their work and provide support for each other. The events are child friendly as well.
I encourage people if they have any ideas to bring them to the Library.Betsy Harloff
The Competitive Edge
The Library’s vast resources offer a competitive edge for savvy business owners. Successful small businesses help lift the community as a whole, Fayerweather said.
“Most entrepreneurs are constantly working in their small business. When they come up for air, it’s a chance to find out about their competition,” Fayerweather said. “A lot of times, they don’t realize that information is right at their fingertips.”
TLCPL is the catalyst that can shift your idea into a small business. Follow a step-by-step guide to creating a business plan. Apply to use the Library’s Work Space to maximize creativity. Search for the necessary legal forms. Your future career starts with Toledo Library.