Saturday, September 29, 2012

FREE Business Counseling

There are numerous resources for the small business owner, whether prospective or established. One such resource is SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives. And just as it sounds, it is a group of retired executives spread across the Unites States who volunteer their time and expertise counseling small business owners free of charge. If you need some advice from experienced business professionals please contact me by phone (810-694-5190) or email ( and I can put you in contact with a member of the Ann Arbor Area Chapter. They also regularly host free seminars, so please take advantage of this great resource. 

The business world has long been referred to as a "boys club," but there are also resources specifically for female entrepreneurs. The Michigan Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, lead by award-winning Executive Director Michelle Richards, created Michigan Women's Marketplace, a site where women can network with one another; over 6,000 have joined so far. Ms. Richards is also the founder of the Women's Expo, which is taking place next weekend, October 5th and 6th. 

Financial Expert Liz Weston, who will join us here at the Grand Blanc branch on Friday, October 5th will also appear at the Expo on Saturday, October 6th. Check out the video below for details. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Women of Newsweek

On my drive home from the library on Wednesday evening, I happened to be listening to American Public Media's The Story on local public radio. Host Dick Gordon was interviewing Lynn Povich, the first female senior editor at Newsweek, and one of many women that brought suit against the magazine in the 1970s for sex discrimination. Povich, who has also edited Working Women magazine, has written the above book, entitled The Good Girls Revolt, which not only recounts her experiences at Newsweek, but also includes discussion of why equality is an ongoing process. 

The day after hearing the show, the copy I ordered for the Business Center arrived! Check the catalog for availability, and place a hold if it has been checked-out. You can also listen to the interview on APM by clicking here.

Enjoy this first weekend of autumn!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Photo by Michael Maggs, Wikimedia Common
McFarlen Library Book Sale Begins Today!

At 5:00 PM this afternoon you have the opportunity to browse thousands of books collected by our generous Friends of the Library organization. 

We've stacked them deep and are selling them cheap, so stop by for an amazing deal on some great reads!

Book Sale Hours:
Sept. 19                5-8 PM
Sept. 20               Noon-8 PM
Sept. 21 & 22      9-5 PM
Sept. 23               1-3 PM

Saturday, September 15, 2012

We're on Facebook!

Want to receive the latest local and state business news right to your Facebook news feed?

Simply "like" the GDL Business Center, and when you login to your account, news stories and events posted to the Business Center page will appear. New items posted daily!

And as a reminder, our event with Financial Expert Liz Weston, on October 5th, is less than 1 month away. There are open seats available, click HERE for more information and to make a reservation. 

All event attendees will receive a free ticket to the Women's Expo, which is the same weekend.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Back to School

Many parents and students will have financial aid in mind as the school year begins.  The Wall Street Journal has published two articles so far this week concerning students, parents, and aid. The first addresses common mistakes regarding student financial aid while the other offers the negative aspects of Parent Plus Loans. Check them out. 

Wondering if you qualify for financial aid from the federal government? You can read more about the types of aid and the application that must be filed each year (FAFSA) on the federal government's student aid website, or ask your college or university financial aid office.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Free Resume Workshop September 13th!

Please join GDL's Heather Gill, a certified Professional in Human Resources for a FREE workshop entitled "How to Write a Winning Resume." A well-written resume is critical to gaining employment so please take advantage of this opportunity to speak with a professional regularly involved in the hiring process. 

While the event is free you MUST register in advance. 
Register online by clicking HERE or call 810-230-3340.

Date: Thursday, September 13th
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Davison Area Library 
                    203 E. Fourth Street 
                    Davison, MI 48423