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New "Your Business - Start Smart" Program Brings Free Entrepreneurship Training to "Where People Are"

Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Release Number: 
Matthew Williams 206-553-7315
U.S. Small Business Administration Seattle District Office, Seattle Public Library, King County Library System Partner on new education program
SEATTLE – A new free entrepreneurship training program will officially launch next week in Seattle and Bellevue to bring education to people who are interested in starting their own business but unaware of the many free resources available to them.

Your Business - Start Smart is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office, the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the King County Library System (KCLS).The program pulls together resources from the SBA, its resource partners, and library systems to provide a two-hour seminar covering the following five topics:

  • Characteristics and motivations of entrepreneurs
  • Initial considerations, steps and planning
  • Financing options
  • Market research tools
  • Local resources 
“By combining our resources and communication channels together, we can more effectively connect entrepreneurs in the Puget Sound area with local resources,” SBA Seattle District Director Nancy Porzio said. “Libraries have branch locations in nearly every community, which enables us to meet people where they live and connect them with our many – and often free – resources in mentoring, financing, and education.”

Earlier this year, a pilot of the Start Smart program was implemented in the Seattle, King County and Pierce County Library Systems. On evaluations from the pilot program, attendees stated the information was helpful, expressed gratitude for bringing the program to their area, and indicated they had no idea so many free resources were available to them.

“The Seattle Public Library is delighted to participate in the Your Business - Start Smart series,” SPL Business Librarian Jay Lyman said. “Partnerships like this benefit our community in so many ways. By working together, the public learns about all the great resources available to them through SBA’s network of affiliate partners, as well as the vast services The Seattle Public Library provides to support small businesses and startups.”

In addition to the initial Start Smart class, the Start Smart program will also deliver Planning Your Business and Financing Your Business classes on the following dates this fall:

Your Business - Start Smart
Sept. 17 at Bellevue Public Library
Sept. 22 at Seattle Public Library

Your Business - Start Smart: Financing Your Business
Oct. 20 at Bellevue Public Library
Oct. 26 at Seattle Public Library

Your Business - Start Smart: Planning Your Business
Nov. 10 at Bellevue Public Library
Nov. 19 at Seattle Public Library

More information about the Start Smart classes can be found on the SBA Seattle District Office Eventbrite page.

Additional classes are being planned for 2016 in the Puget Sound area and other parts of the state.About the SBA Seattle District Office:  The SBA Seattle District serves Washington state and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane. Today’s SBA stands for more than Small Business Administration; it stands for Smart, Bold and Accessible. SBA staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – Counseling, Capital and Contracting. Visit for local information including resource partners, lenders, events and workshops, success stories, news and updates, and other information aimed to help business start, grow and succeed.