Entrepreneurial Topics

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.

Emerging Entrepreneur 

So, you have an exciting business idea, but you just don’t know where to start. Well, you are not alone. We can help. Our Emerging Entrepreneur workshops are designed to give you the rock solid foundation of business basics you will need to become a successful entrepreneur. 

Concept2Business

Are you ready to become an entrepreneur? Our Concept2Business workshops can help you successfully cultivate your big, audacious business idea. You will learn how to develop an effective business plan and grow your idea from an acorn into a mighty oak tree. 

Business Basics

Learn how to develop a mission, vision and values for your business. No good business plan is complete without these important elements.  

Active Entrepreneur 

Now that you have business basics under your belt it’s time for a deeper dive. In our Active Entrepreneur workshops we explore the legalities of owning a business, how to develop an effective marketing plan and how to find funding to help get your business off the ground. 

Legal 

If you’re going to be a successful entrepreneur you had better make sure you understand the legal aspects of owning a business. Our Legal workshops will help you determine the appropriate legal structure for your business and take you through the legalities of naming, licensing, registration, patents, copyrights and trademarks. You will also explore government regulations and how they may impact your business.

Marketing

Once you have a handle on the business basics and legal aspects of entrepreneurship it’s time to define and discover the target audiences for your business. We’ll use market segmentation to learn who your customers are and whether or not there is a demand for your business concept. Learn how to build a marketing plan that distinguishes your brand and use social media to strategically grow your business. 

Finance

You have a great business concept and marketing plan. Now you just need some financial support to get started. Our Finance workshops will help you determine your capital needs, operating costs and funding options.

Focused on Growth

Now that your business concept is up and running it’s time to shift your focus to growth and innovation. How can you achieve an edge over your competitors? How can other emerging entrepreneurs benefit from your experiences?

Leadership & Innovation

You did it! You have achieved your goal of becoming an entrepreneur. Now it’s time to take it to the next level. We’ll teach you how to design and organize a compelling, effective website for your business.

Innovation Centers

The Innovation Centers at Cuyahoga County Public Library provide county residents with access to new technology and learning opportunities that spark innovation. The goal of the Innovation Centers initiative is to help you turn your promising ideas into successful businesses.

Encore Innovators

Using the software and equipment available in the Innovation Centers, explore the process for taking a product from idea to research to prototype. Prepare yourself to present your product idea to potential investors.