The American Library Association (ALA), with the support of Google.org, is launched an initiative to identify and scale successful entrepreneurship programs in public libraries across the US and create learning resources for any library to support entrepreneurs in its community.
Cultivate Indy is a program that helps individuals discover their entrepreneurial mind set and achieve their dreams of starting and running a successful small business. Beginning at the development phase, Cultivate Indy walks participants through the entire process from idea to launch, to growth.
Participants will advance through stages using BeanStack, a web and app based program that allows you to complete requirements at a pace that is convenient for them. Requirements are broken down by phases: Development, Business Plan, Business Formation, Marketing, and Growth. Each phase has a series of requirements that can be completed from anywhere. The Independence Public Library will work to ensure that all have access to the resources needed for participants to succeed in their endeavors. Most resources are available for patrons to use remotely, with state-of-the art technology available at the library. Patrons are encouraged to also register for IPL’s Open Access service to access the library at their convenience.
Already established small businesses can contact Brandon West at email@example.com to discuss how this program can be adapted to help further your growth.
Cultivate Indy Program
Navigating the IRS and funding can be a challenge, but this phase will walk you through setting up the required government legalities needed to keep your business compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.