Women’s Business Centre to Offer Free Workshops

Tampa-based Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women is offering a series of free monthly workshops at Downtown Central Library, which are designed to help women move from dreamer to small business owner.


The first in the series, Be Your Own Boss, on Wednesday, February 22, from 11 a.m. to Noon, will examine the mind of an entrepreneur and the required Credentials, Character, Capabilities and Commitment. The class will provide an interactive environment where participants learn each component of the Business Plan and craft a skeleton plan that provides direction for their businesses.


The second workshop, Introduction to Business Planning, will take place on Wednesday, March 22, and will explain how this plan can help entrepreneurs determine the feasibility of a business and identify and mitigate risk.


The Power of Marketing, will take place Tuesday, April 18, and provide an overview of the importance of branding, marketing and promoting businesses, along with developing a marketing plan. Inexpensive marketing tools and resources to help identify, evaluate and solve marketing problems will be shared.


Social Media 101 on Tuesday, May 23, will conclude the series. Insight will be provided about how to use the right social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Linked In, to reach a target audience, build brand awareness and develop a results-driven social media strategy. Participants are asked to bring their laptops.


All four workshops will be led by Stacey Banks-Houston, MBA, Women’s Business Centre Program Director and author of Passion Plan: Journaling Your Business From Passion to Position to Profit, and will take place from 11 AM to Noon at Downtown Central Library (along Riverwalk), located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton 34205.


To register for any of the workshops, go to womensbusinesscentre.org/my-calendar/ and click the workshop name in the calendar graphic.


For more information about these workshops, please contact 941-748-5555, x6307.


About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit mymanatee.org/library, follow them at facebook.com/MCPLS or twitter and instragram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov