Library Offers Free Classes for New, Aspiring Small Business Owners

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

​Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is launching classes for those who are considering starting a new business or who started a business in the last two years. A 10-week series, "Start Smart: How to Build a Business and Get Paying Customers," begins Oct. 3 at the Bayside & Special Services Library, 936 Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.

Taught by Norfolk, Va.-based business and marketing consultant Marla Schuchman, each weekly, two-hour session focuses on a topic of business ownership, such as customer development, branding, management tools, problem-solving and more. Participants may opt to attend a few individual classes or, for a more intensive, hands-on experience, attend all 10 classes in the series.

In addition to the 10-week series, VBPL is offering additional "Small Business Start-Up" classes in October at Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. in Virginia Beach. The classes highlight the basics for those who are interested in starting a business or running a home-based business. The classes will be taught by successful business owners, including a photographer, a baker and a writer.

All classes are free to attend; registration is required. Visit for details. In addition to programs, VBPL provides a variety of business and investment and job and career resources for residents to access in person or online, free with a library card.

These business classes are funded by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

About Virginia Beach Public Library
A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and video in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and take-home technology. Visit for details.

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