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Untapped Business & Startup Resources: Urban Libraries

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom Webinar

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Do you know what resources are available through your local public or private library?
Do you know how to connect entrepreneurs, small business owners, and learners to those resources?
Do you know how to leverage library space to provide valuable information and content to those you support?

If you answered no to any of the above, you need to attend this webinar! 

As a NACCE member, you can take advantage of the many available resources to help your college accelerate growth, increase enrollment, and support aspiring entrepreneurs in your local community. Membership provides you and your colleagues with access to valuable tools, access to funding, and proven approaches that will help vitalize your entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Featured Speaker

Betsey Suchanis

Senior Program Manager
Urban Libraries Council

Leander Croker

Business Services Manager
Durham County Library

Katy Hoffler

Campus Librarian
Wake Technical
Community College

Betsey convenes conversations with and develops tools for public libraries across North America around topics related to healthy, sustainable communities, including equitable entrepreneurship, food security and economic opportunity. Her background includes work in small business development, graphic design, higher education strategic planning and urban planning at the local government level. She holds an MPA from the University of Delaware's Biden School of Public Policy and Administration and a B.A. from Mary Baldwin University.

Leander A. Croker is the Business Services Manager for Durham County Library, with fourteen years of library experience. Prior to joining Durham County Library, Leander spent the early part of her career in academic libraries at North Carolina A&T State University and Johnston Community College.

Leander is focused on building Durham County Library’s Entrepreneurial Education and Support programming in three ways:

  1. Financial and business literacy programming;
  2. Professional development for key library staff through the national learning collaborative, Strengthening Libraries as Entrepreneurial Hubs Cohort; and
  3. Intentional local partnerships.

This multifaceted approach is nurturing entrepreneurs, strengthening staff capacity to deliver high-quality services, and positioning the library as a relevant and active partner in the Durham entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Leander knows that access to information can change lives and that librarians play a pivotal role in that exploration.

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