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Speed Business Mentoring

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If you are thinking of starting a business or are in the start-up phase of your business, how would you like to have access to several business advisors for a brief period to answer your most pressing questions? The Westport Library, in conjunction with the Woman's Business Development Council, will provide access to those Westport business advisors in a "speed mentoring" event. Advisors will be available on topics such as accounting, IT, marketing, banking/finance, social media and more.

Register online. Walk-Ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Ellen Janpol, Business Librarian, at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

Community partner: Women's Business Development Council

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Effective Networking in Business and Life

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Business development consultant Rob Thomas discusses the effective technique he developed to help whether networking externally or with your colleagues at work. Learn practical tactics to use immediately to improve the success of your networking activities.

Note: A networking opportunity precedes the program from 6-6:30 pm.

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Business

How to Succeed in Business as an Artist

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Miggs Burroughs will lead a panel discussion of Westport artists and advisors on the necessary attributes and qualities that lead to business success for artists.

Note: A networking opportunity precedes the program from 6-6:30 pm.

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Career
Art, Business

Dig into Databases: Business Edition featuring Thomson Reuters Eikon Database and Portfolio Management

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Mark Nettle, a client specialist at Thomson Reuters, returns with a class focusing on portfolio management. Mark has been working at the company in various roles for more than 20 years. His area of specialism is Foreign Exchange and Money Markets with accompanying experience in Fixed Income. Register now. 
This session will focus on the following resources:

  • Business and financial information for listed companies.
  • Historical equity data.
  • Government and corporate bonds information from over 100 countries
  • Comprehensive coverage on commodities and energy.

The Thomson Reuters Eikon Database is a comprehensive investment tool used by financial and investment analysts worldwide. It is available to use for free at The Westport Library.

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WestportWRITES: "Write Your Business" Mini-Conference

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Aubrey Sitterson

The writing is the fun part, right? The business side of being a professional writer, however, can be more nebulous.

Join us for in-depth discussions about what it takes to make it as a writer in today's climate, including traversing social media in a way that makes sense to help promote your work and propel your career.

The day will feature a talk by Aubrey Sitterson, who has written for all of the major comic book publishers and has developed a brand through his various online ventures.  

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a fall 2018 writers’ conference.

Aubrey Sitterson is a freelance writer and host specializing in comic books, professional wrestling, fantasy and heavy metal.

He has written comics for all of the industry’s top publishers – Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Oni and Viz – but his most popular work has been done on the G.I. Joe franchise, with both the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe crossover as well as the ongoing G.I. Joe series. Aubrey also writes and performs SKALD. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Podomatic, SKALD is an ongoing sword & sorcery narrative, released every week, without fail, since April, 2015. 

Previously, Aubrey was an editor at Marvel Comics, where he oversaw titles like Ghost Rider, Blade, Punisher War Journal, X-Factor, The Irredeemable Ant-Man and the indie-themed anthology Strange Tales. He has also edited at Image Comics, where he worked on Robert Kirkman’s line of books, including Invincible and The Walking Dead, the basis for the hit AMC series.

Every week, Aubrey also hosts the fan-favorite STRAIGHT SHOOT series on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher and Podomatic. Called “The World’s Smartest Rasslin Talk Show,” STRAIGHT SHOOT welcomes professional wrestlers, wrestling critics, former WWE creative team members, screenwriters, musicians, actors, comic book professionals, comedians, professional athletes and more as part of a wide-ranging, in-depth look at professional wrestling.

Aubrey has also worked as a writer, editor and web producer for WWE.com, the official website of, you guessed it, World Wrestling Entertainment, and as the Interactive Marketing Manager for WWE Games at both THQ and 2K, where he was responsible for all of the hit franchise’s web and social media presence.

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Website Design for Small Business-Part II

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In a two-part series, designer and marketing professional Jeff Seaver explores what makes a business website effective. The first part, on Wednesday, February 21, examines elements of website design and construction and user experiences. On Wednesday, February 28, the second part will look at search engine recognition and integrating the website with the many other digital and non-digital marketing channels.

Business websites serve many purposes, from creating a sense of legitimacy (like a business card) to acting as a community, from being a resource for information and inspiration to generating leads and ecommerce offerings. Exploring elements of content marketing, branding and graphic design, blogging, user experience research and search engine recognition, this presentation will help demystify the world of web design and how business owners can make effective use of this still-growing medium to build and grow a brand and a business. 

Topics will include: establishing goals for visitor engagement and conversion; content management platforms (such as WordPress and Drupal); do-it-yourself (DIY) website hosting sites (such as Wix and SquareSpace); search engine recognition and optimization; integration with social media platforms; and integration with email marketing.

Jeff Seaver owns Seaver Interactive, a website design and digital marketing firm in Westport, CT. He is an accomplished graphic designer and computer expert and has been designing and building websites for over 25 years. Jeff is an adjunct professor who has taught at the graduate school level and lectures widely on web design and digital marketing.
 

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Business

Website Design for Small Business-Part I

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In a two-part series, designer and marketing professional Jeff Seaver explores what makes a business website effective. The first part, on Wednesday, February 21, examines elements of website design and construction and user experiences. On Wednesday, February 28, the second part will look at search engine recognition and integrating the website with the many other digital and non-digital marketing channels.

Business websites serve many purposes, from creating a sense of legitimacy (like a business card) to acting as a community, from being a resource for information and inspiration to generating leads and ecommerce offerings. Exploring elements of content marketing, branding and graphic design, blogging, user experience research and search engine recognition, this presentation will help demystify the world of web design and how business owners can make effective use of this still-growing medium to build and grow a brand and a business. 

Topics will include: establishing goals for visitor engagement and conversion; content management platforms (such as WordPress and Drupal); do-it-yourself (DIY) website hosting sites (such as Wix and SquareSpace); search engine recognition and optimization; integration with social media platforms; and integration with email marketing.

Jeff Seaver owns Seaver Interactive, a website design and digital marketing firm in Westport, CT. He is an accomplished graphic designer and computer expert and has been designing and building websites for over 25 years. Jeff is an adjunct professor who has taught at the graduate school level and lectures widely on web design and digital marketing.
 

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Business: Achieve Your Business Goals

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Business transformation and goal achievement expert Pete Winiarski, founder and CEO of Win Enterprises, discusses how to make sure your business achieves its most important goals this year. Transformation is necessary for you to succeed for the long-term so you can remain competitive, survive and ultimately thrive, but how do you ensure it will be worthwhile and payback for you? The answer is about developing clarity about your vision AND solving your biggest problems. In this program, you will learn success strategies that will accelerate your results and help you address your problems.

Note: The program will be preceded by a networking opportunity from 6-6:30 pm.

Register online. For more information, contact Ellen Janpol, Business Librarian, at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

Pete is a business consultant, speaker, media guest, and bestselling author of multiple books. Pete is known as a business transformation expert and a goal achievement expert.

Having thirty years of experience in leadership roles, Pete leads his consulting company, Win Enterprises, LLC, to help business leaders transform their results with his team of resources who are experts in business transformation, process improvement using “Lean” principles, organization culture, leadership, and goal achievement.

Pete has appeared as a business expert and a goal-achievement expert in multiple media outlets, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and Industry Week.
Pete has been trained and mentored by Jack Canfield, and is one of just a few people around the world to achieve “Certified Senior Trainer” status to deliver Jack’s work.

Pete is also the co-founder of the Business Consultant Institute, which trains business consultants to create super profitable consulting businesses by delivering top value with high integrity to clients.
 

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Business

Business: The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship

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Join Fran Pastore, founder and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), for a conversation on the history of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States, including the current trends and challenges and the role that women’s entrepreneurship will play in the future. Coffee and light refreshments served. Register online. For more information, contact Ellen Janpol, Business Librarian, at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

Fran Pastore is the founder, President and CEO of the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) which is Connecticut’s leading organization for championing female entrepreneurship and women’s economic equity. Since 1997, WBDC has created thousands of women owned businesses and generated hundreds of jobs in Connecticut. In 2016, WBDC clients produced an estimated $6 million in tax revenues for the state of Connecticut. Ms. Pastore is a tireless advocate on the topic of women and entrepreneurship and has spoken nationally and internationally on behalf of women’s business ownership and economic equity.

Ms. Pastore served a three year term as an appointed member to the President’s National Women's Business Council (NWBC), an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She serves on the Board of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

Globally, Ms. Pastore has traveled to Rwanda with the Business Council for Peace (BPeace), to work with female genocide survivors in developing entrepreneurial skills to open the very first ice cream shop in the country. In conjunction with the U.S. State Department and University of Connecticut’s Office of Global Affairs, Ms. Pastore taught women entrepreneurs in rural Costa Rica financial management and business strategies. Most recently she worked with The Center for Creative Leadership is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia teaching young women networking skills, financial management and business development. She serves on the Advisory Council for The Akilah Institute for Women, a college in in Kigali, Rwanda, Africa.

Over the past two decades, Ms. Pastore has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions, and was been instrumental in the passage of legislation benefiting women entrepreneurs. She has received WIPP’s prestigious Public Policy Award, and was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
 

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CANCELED: Dig into Databases: Business Edition—ReferenceUSA

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CANCELED.

NOTE: Correct time for this program is 6 pm. Learn to create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand & grow their book of business. The online database provides real-time access to more than 44 million businesses and 270 million consumers.

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TJ Pridell is a New England account manager for Infogroup, specializing in the library division and SMB market. Utilizing Infogroup’s business resource, ReferenceUSA, TJ serves as a marketing consultant to the business community and an account manager to the New England library system. TJ Pridell graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a B.S. in Business Marketing.

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