How to Evaluate and Select a Franchise

Today’s guest post is by Jeff Levy. Levy is a nationally recognized consultant and coach to individuals interested in exploring self-employment. Jeff shares from his wealth of business experience as a founding member of Windswept Capital, President and COO of Spider Staging Corporation, an officer at Flow International, and Executive VP and principal of SafeWorks LLC.

As a business coach, Jeff has helped several hundred people begin their first business. He serves on several college entrepreneurial advisory boards and is a regular guest speaker at SCORE and the Women’s Business Center. He is also the co-author of Making the Jump Into Small Business Ownership.

Levy has led a number of small business seminars with the Library, and we are thrilled to host him again for two exciting business seminars in October and November:

Your Business – Start Smart: October 11, 6-8 pm, Rainier Beach Branch
Your Business – Franchise Smart
: November 8, 6-8 pm, Delridge Branch

For additional information about franchising, see our resource list: L2B: Franchising. Continue reading “How to Evaluate and Select a Franchise”

Freedom Through Franchising

Today’s guest post is by Jeff Levy. Levy is a nationally recognized consultant and coach to individuals interested in exploring self-employment. Jeff shares from his wealth of business experience as a founding member of Windswept Capital, President and COO of Spider Staging Corporation, an officer at Flow International, and Executive VP and principal of SafeWorks LLC.

As a business coach, Jeff has helped several hundred people begin their first business. He serves on several college entrepreneurial advisory boards and is a regular guest speaker at SCORE and the Women’s Business Center. He is also the co-author of Making the Jump Into Small Business Ownership.

Levy has led a number of small business seminars with the Library, and we are thrilled to host him again for two exciting business seminars in October and November: Continue reading “Freedom Through Franchising”

5 Ways the LGBT Business Builder can Help Grow Your Small Business

Facebook-Cover-Photo-SeattleThe LGBT Business Builder, the historic new partnership between the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is a powerful tool to strengthen the LGBT Business Community at both the local and national level. And it’s coming to the Central Library on Thursday, June 2nd!

Here are 5 ways the LGBT Business Builder can help grow your small business.
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Startup Weekend in a Startup Community Library!

startup weekendI just finished a great read for those passionate about supporting startups in any community.  Startup Communities, by Brad Feld, relies on the example of Boulder, Colorado to illustrate how a community can help startups thrive.  I was happy to see that the book acknowledges Seattle as another example of a community friendly to startups, and many of the concepts and efforts presented in the book will resonate with those involved in local startup efforts – you know who you are! Continue reading “Startup Weekend in a Startup Community Library!”

The “right” time to start a business

JeffSpeakingToday’s guest blogger, Jeff Levy, is the owner/president of The Entrepreneur’s Source, based in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington. He is the co-author of the book Making the Jump – Into Small Business Ownership which is available at the Seattle Public Library. Jeff works with individuals interested in exploring self-employment and will be offering a free seminar called Your Business – Start Smart on September 4th from 5-7pm and October 17th from 12:30-2:30pm. For more details and registration, please see the event listings in the Library’s calendar. Continue reading “The “right” time to start a business”