Do you dream of starting your own business? The Seattle Public Library has resources and workshops to help you achieve your goals. This October, we have three Your Business workshops that will help you launch your business, look into franchises and start a home-based business.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required, sign up for each workshop individually in the Library's event calendar.


Your Business: Start Smart - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Thinking of going into business for yourself? Gain insights from experienced professionals and walk away with plenty of resources to turn your idea into reality.

Your Business: Franchise Smart - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Franchising is one way to become a business owner. Before you take that big step, it’s important to learn from those who have experience franchising for many years.

Your Home-Based Business - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Thinking about working from home? Whether you are already doing this, or considering a transition, this virtual seminar will save you time and effort in setting up your home-based business.

These workshops are presented by Jeff Levy, a speaker and coach to individuals interested in exploring self-employment with an emphasis in franchising.  His experience includes participation in new technology companies, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, raising investment capital and coach to hundreds of startup ventures. Levy has coached over 275 individuals who have become franchisees. He also co-authored the book "Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership."          


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The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. One of our guiding principles is to promote literacy and a love of reading. We accomplish this by finding creative solutions like Peak Picks to meet the public's changing needs and interests.

The Library's dynamic approach to building community that enriches lives includes programming that brings people, information and ideas together to respect and embrace the well-being of the people we serve. Job resources, digital learning and digital creativity classes are some of the creative solutions the Library finds to meet the public's changing needs and interests.