CCPLencore.org was created as part of the Encore Entrepreneurs Series initiative to connect aspiring entrepreneurs in our region with free workshops, library resources and local events focused on business development and networking. It's all about helping Northeast Ohioans realize their dreams of starting and growing successful businesses.

What topic interests you?

Choose from a variety of topics to help bring your business idea to the next level. Pick a topic below and we will provide resources, workshops and events that match your interests.

Who We Are

The Encore Entrepreneurs Series is a partnership between Cuyahoga County Public Library and The Cleveland Foundation’s Encore Initiative, which seeks to inspire and channel the energies of experienced business professionals in the “encore” stage of their life or career.

What We Do

A great idea is the seed of a good business, but it can only flourish if it is cultivated properly. That’s where we come in.

Through the Encore Entrepreneurs initiative we strive to strengthen the economic vitality of our region by leveraging the talents of experienced business professionals and connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with workshops, free resources and local events focused on business development and networking.

Sign up for our monthly emails and we will send you information on the latest workshops, events and resources that match your areas of interest.

Together we can grow your seed of an idea into a mighty oak.

About Our Workshops

In support of this initiative we offer a series of free Encore Entrepreneurs workshops designed to help you:

  • Learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship from experienced business professionals. 
  • Cultivate your big, audacious idea and create a dynamic business plan. 
  • Develop a winning mission and vision for your business. 
  • Master the legal aspects of being a business owner. 
  • Create a lean, effective marketing plan. 
  • Learn how to get funding to jumpstart your business.

We also offer a series of free Encore Innovators workshops that provide you with opportunities to engage in the design process for new product development. Each week you’ll explore a different aspect of the design process, including: research, concept development, prototyping, iterating, and presenting your product idea to potential investors.

Business Coaching

Need additional assistance with your business plans? Meet with an expert to jump start your business planning. It's free! Attend one of our workshops for details or sign up by calling the Adult Programming Department at 216.749.9307.

The Encore Entrepreneurs Series is made possible through the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation.

For more information about Cuyahoga County Public Library, please visit cuyahogalibrary.org.