Some of us don’t take technology for granted. Bill Church, owner of Bow Wow Bill’s Dog Services, lives in an area of Arlington that isn’t wired for Internet access. This hasn’t stopped Bow Wow Bill from growing his dog walking and dog training business. He often visits the Arlington Library to use their business resources.
“I can always gain access to research or get in and do the nitty-gritty that needs to be done with my business: invoicing customers, maintaining a social media marketing campaign, setting up my domain name and website, emails,” commented Bill. “Sno-Isle Libraries has been instrumental in helping me do all of these things.”
Communities thrive when local companies succeed. Whether you’re pursuing a dream of starting a business or you’re an experienced business owner, you can find business services and online tools at Sno-Isle Libraries to help you succeed.
Sno-Isle Libraries is a partner to small businesses by providing access to information that helps make smart business decisions. Sno-Isle’s business services include: public computers and printers, free Wi-Fi, fax machines, computer classes, SCORE counselor sessions, online business databases, and the expertise of librarians to guide research.
Sno-Isle Libraries offers access to many free online databases crucial to business development. Business Plans eBookshelf gives examples of real business plans by entrepreneurs seeking funding. The Business Decision database creates reports on consumer or competitor demographics. For research on gathering client or vendor lists, the ReferenceUSA database provides quality information. These online resources, along with how-to videos, are available at www.sno-isle.org/explore/business.
For those who need personalized help, Sno-Isle offers the Book a Librarian service. Librarians will meet one-on-one with a patron for 30 to 60 minutes of instruction on using online resources or finding information.
The Lynnwood Library is Sno-Isle’s regional reference center for business and law and offers free one-on-one consulting sessions with SCORE, counselors to America’s small business. Self-service fax machines are available at five libraries: Darrington, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Mukilteo and Oak Harbor. All 21 Sno-Isle community libraries have free Wi-Fi, public computers that can be reserved in advance, and friendly librarians eager to help.
For the last two years, Bow Wow Bill has been working hard to expand his business to include the publication of Dog Coach Magazine, expected to launch this fall. All of his online work was done using the library’s free Wi-Fi.
Being a partner in the economic growth of this region and helping local businesses succeed are important parts of Sno-Isle Libraries’ mission. Just ask Bow Wow Bill; with the support of Sno-Isle Libraries, there’s no telling how far he’ll take his puppy empire.
For more information on business services and online resources, visit www.sno-isle.org/business or ask a Sno-Isle Libraries staff member.