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Welcome Matthew West

We are excited to welcome Matthew as our new business librarian consultant!

Matthew joined the Poudre River Public Library from Loveland Public Library where he managed various library services, programs, and outreach initiatives.

“I truly appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout our community,” says Matthew West. “It’s a testament to a business ecosystem that understands and values startups and small businesses. I’m excited to be part of that system and help people successfully create and grow their businesses.”

Matthew brings a deep knowledge of data and market analysis, strategic planning, and research to his work as a Business Librarian. He is located at the Harmony Library and is available for one-on-one meetings to discuss business research and analysis and to teach methods for effectively using the many free business resources available at the libraries.

Matthew West
Business Librarian
Poudre River Public Library

Winning Against Your Competition

You have a high quality product or service, but your competition is right there, winning the business.  In this hands-on tactical course, you’ll learn how to wind more deals by outsmarting your competition with skill.

Topics include:

  • Understanding who your REAL competition is
  • How to prepare to sell against your competition
  • Identifying your competitive advantages
  • Learning when to “cut bait”
  • Asking for the order before they do

Our Presenter:

Renee Walkup
SalesPEAK, Inc. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Develop a Business Plan with Purpose and Durability – 2-part session

A quick look around will show you that there are 1,001 ways to write a business plan, but how do we write the right plan?  And how do we write a business plan that won’t just gather dust on the shelf?  Whether you’re writing a plan for investors, banks, or your internal team, this course will help get you on the right track.  This 2-session business-planning workshop will prepare you to create a written plan ranging from a planned startup or existing business enterprise, and give you a reason to re-engage with your plan as conditions and seasons change.  

In this comprehensive 2-session course, we will focus on:

Session 1
Value Proposition, Mission, Vision, Values, Purpose Exercises
Business Model Canvas – Business Plan on a Page
Know Thyself and Know Thy Needs – Personality Exercises, SWOT Analysis, Capital Needs Discussion

Session 2
Financing Plan & Projections – Market Research & Assumptions
Marketing & Operational Plan – Role Definitions / Process Development
Business Plan In Action – Activation, Check-in’s & Accountability

Our Presenter:

Curt Bear
Founder, LoCo Think Tank
Value-Driven Peer Advisory

Thank you to our Sponsors:

What You Need to Know About Instagram for Small Business

How many of the 1 billion worldwide Instagram users are your customers?& Chances are pretty good your people are there! Join us for this Instagram for Small Business class taught by Amy Alcorn of Aspen Grove Marketing on the power of leveraging Instagram for business. This course will cover what you need to know including Instagram basics, how to connect and engage with your fans, Instagram Stories and new features, IGTV, and growth hacks you may be missing out on!

Can you confidently say your business is leveraging Instagram to its full potential? If you didn’t answer this with a resounding yes, let’s take it to the next level! Instagram is constantly changing and it’s features are always on the move – this powerful platform has more than 1 billion worldwide users and chances are, some of the very customers you want to reach are on this platform.

If you aren’t already, it’s high time to make the most of your Instagram posting, promotions, and stories. Join Amy Alcorn of Aspen Grove Marketing to learn more about how you can use Instagram to support your business goals.

QuickBooks Online; 3 Part Series

This series of classes will cover what QuickBooks Online 2020 can do for you. You will learn how to back up your system, navigate through the program, and receive an overview of setting up a company. Other topics include:

  • Managing your checkbook
  • Handling credit card payments
  • Reconciliation of accounts
  • Accounts payable & accounts receivable
  • Analyzing your financials with reports 

This class is perfect for the person who has never used the program or is within their first year of use and is using the online software.

Presented by:

Jeanne Bolz
Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor

“Jeanne Bolz is a CPA with an expertise in Tax, Accounting and Bookkeeping for Individuals and Small Businesses. After graduating from Colorado State University, she spent the majority of her 20+ year career as a Public Accounting specialist in Minnesota, eventually owning and managing a Public Accounting Firm along with her CPA husband. After wrapping up the firm sale in 2017 to a Top-20 Minnesota Public Accounting Firm, the two decided to return to Colorado. Since 2017 Jeanne has worked as a sole practitioner in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Jeanne is a Certified Pro-Advisor in QuickBooks Online, and volunteer-teaches a class in the product for the Larimer County Small Business Development Center. Jeanne has also volunteered in Community Theater, in both technical and stage management roles. Jeanne is an avid hiker and amateur photographer, and has gained a respectable following for her photography on Instagram as @Minnesota_Wanderer. She is a mother of two, and is proud that her eldest is currently a student at her alma-mater CSU.”

Thank you to our Sponsors