Looking for a Place to Work? Try Your Public Library.

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Let the library help you build your business

The public library is a great place to work and to grow your business. Here in Arlington, the Robbins branch of the Arlington public system has its own business collection, one that includes books, periodicals and databases that you can access from the library or from home. And, it has a feature common to public libraries everywhere – a reference desk with staff whose job is to help you find what you need!

Arlington Entrepreneurs spoke with Linda Dyndiuk, the head of Adult Services at the library. The wealth of resources for entrepreneurs there surprised own own interviewer! Not only can you check out a state-of-the-art computer, you can also find parts of the library that are reserved for conversations. Need to study or research? Enjoy the quiet at the library. Need to speak with a client or conduct a one-on-one training? Find a place a place to talk at the Robbins.

Although the library has yet to open its own coffee shop, you can bring your own food and drink. Of course, if you need help accessing or understanding any of the library’s resources, a reference library will be on-hand to guide you through the process.

Listen to this month’s podcast for more information about building your business with the help of your public library – anywhere!

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Keep Your Money in Town – Shop Local This Holiday Season

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We’re taking a slightly different path with this month’s podcast. It’s the December holiday shopping season and we hope you’ll visit your local stores and restaurants, not just the mall. Online shopping certainly saves time, but neither you nor your local community benefits as much.

You may be overlooking the best gifts you’ll ever find, sourced and sold by small business owners, who work alongside their staff (or family) to find what you need and then cash you out. Even better – your dollars go to work in your community rather than fly off to a Caribbean tax haven, never to be seen again.

This month’s podcast features an interview with Alyssa Clossey, co-founder of Support Arlington Center. This neighborhood group plays a huge role in keeping businesses in our Town’s center alive and growing. It’s also a great example of how business and their surrounding communities can work together to keep their local economies healthy.

By all measures, the holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a good one. Make it the best ever, with goods and services that are available in your neighborhood. You might be surprised at how satisfying that experience can be. And, no parking hassles!

Listen to this episode right here, on the Arlington Entrepreneurs website. You can also listen to it on iTunes, SoundCloud and – just added! – Stitcher Radio. Give it a listen, then pack up the family and hit the streets for some great, local shopping.

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