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By: Marcey Wright

Small Business Mentoring program organizers are waiting for your email to schedule a free consultation!Library customers dreaming of starting their own businesses can start making their dreams reality during Free Small Business Mentoring Sessions, offered each Tuesday, 2 pm – 6 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). A partnership between the Memphis Public Library & Information Center and Start Co., these 30- to 45-minute counseling sessions are a chance for aspiring entrepreneurs to get expert advice and much more!

“Since the Library’s Small Business programs and Legal Clinics are well attended, we decided to take it a step farther. Now, we’re offering one-on-one sessions which provide follow up and a continuing source of help through our partner, Start Co.,” noted Jessie Marshall, Business & Sciences Department Manager. “This program is like a developmental curriculum.”

Aspiring entrepreneurs (adults only) can take the first step toward business ownership by calling (901) 213-7795 or by emailing info@neverstop.co to schedule a free consultation. Walk-ins are welcome also. Once there, customers will meet with a professional in a private meeting room to openly share their ideas and receive step-by-step advice on how to achieve their goal of business ownership.

“Participants get assignments too and considerations to think about from a business perspective,” Marshall added. “But customers have to do their homework. They will be told what to do, but then they have to get out and do the legwork to make their dreams happen. This process identifies the people who want it the most.”

For the most persistent go-getters, follow-up opportunities are available also to provide ongoing assistance. Customers will receive ideas on how to “package” and market their ideas, along with answers to their questions.

“There is a need out there,” Marshall said, referring to customers who are seeking information on entrepreneurship. “We’re trying to meet this need that we knew existed,” she concluded.

For more information about the Small Business Center at Central Library or its programs, call (901) 415-2734.