Pierce County Library offering free workshops for business owners on buying habits and other demographics

Staff writerMay 20, 2014 

If you’re starting a business selling books, you’d probably want to know how far the people in your neighborhood got in school. Or if you’re opening a second-hand store, or a car dealership selling Bentleys, you’d probably like to know the salary level of potential clients who live nearby.

The Pierce County Library wants to help, and is offering two free workshops for “in-person expert help in how to build a successful business based on the comprehensive information source DemographicsNow.”

The seminar “Get Your Business Started” will be held Thursday, May 29, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the processing and administrative center at 3004 112th St. E. in Tacoma.

“Grow Your Business” will be held May 29 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University Place County Library, 3609 Market Place W.

“A clear view of demographics is essential to succeed in starting a business,” said Sharon Barber, Director of Economic Development for Metropolitan Development Council. “All our successful clients began their planning with help from library staff to navigate the many library resources and tools.”

With DemographicsNow, according to a library release, entrepreneurs find data for all U.S. geographies and addresses, including maps, reports, radius reports, current year estimates, five-year projections and U.S. census data. The information they gain helps assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors and much more.”

Registration is required for the free workshops at http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.aspx?id=281


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