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The Highland Park Public Library and SCORE Chicago Work Together for Small Business
Highland Park businesses have the opportunity to take advantage of significant professional support services, thanks to Alyssa Knobel, City of Highland Park Councilman and former Business and Economic Development Commission Chair, and Carolyn Hersch, the City's Business Development Coordinator. The pair recognized a community need for small business mentoring and counseling after working closely with area business and property owners.

They decided to team up SCORE Chicago and the Highland Park Public Library. SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business - is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business in the United States. 
SCORE Chicago offers low-cost business workshops and free mentoring services to area businesses at the Highland Park Public Library. Retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise to provide educational seminars and private counseling services to entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with the City and SCORE as well all work together to better serve our business community,” said Jane Conway, Highland Park Public Library’s Executive Director.

Thursday Evenings 5-8 pm
The Highland Park Public Library is a SCORE Chicago Mentoring site. Register for a one-on-one mentoring session with a SCORE Chicago counselor or call the Highland Park Public Library at 847-432-0216.

The workshops are presented by SCORE Chicago, City of Highland Park's Office of Business Development, the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Highland Park Public Library.

Programs will start at 7:00 p.m. and be in the Auditorium at the Highland Park Library.  For more information, contact Reference Librarian, Jacki Willhoff at 847-681-7031

Facebook 101: The Small Business Beginner's Guide to Marketing 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Speaker: Andy Nathan, Principal at Smart at the Start 

Many small business owners are already on Facebook talking to their friends and family.  However, as entrepreneurs, we can do so much more.  This workshop  will teach owners how using Facebook will benefit all aspects of their business.  Some of the best strategies and tools will be covered from setting up a profile to crafting a fan page as well as creating a Facebook ad.

LinkedIn 201: Action Steps to Build Your Brand and Expand Your Network 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Speaker: Michael Yublosky, SCORE Volunteer

This workshop is a follow up session to the introductory seminar.  It will include a brief review of LinkedIn's highlights for small businesses followed by an in depth look at some immediate action steps to build a more professional profile, what the benefits are of expanding your network and how to expand your network.