DATE: February 22, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With more and more people working from home or running home-based businesses, finding affordable and reliable business services can be tough. Broward County Library offers a range of services that provide business assistance and support, many of them free or at a nominal cost. With 37 library locations throughout Broward County, seven of them open on Sundays, it’s easy to find one nearby.
What does Broward County Libraries have to offer? Most of our 37 library locations provide the following services:
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.
- Fax Services: Away from the office and need to send a fax, now? Visit a Broward County Library location for low-cost faxing at only $1 per page (no charge for cover sheet; double sided documents will be charged as separate sheets). Currently, only outgoing, domestic fax service is available.
- Public-Use Computers: Broward County Library has thousands of public-use computers available. Create documents, use the Internet for research, write business correspondence – the computers are free to use to Broward County Library cardholders and residents.
- Meeting Rooms: Many Broward County Libraries have meeting rooms that are available to the public for rent. Whether you’re holding a formal board meeting or a casual brainstorming session, Broward County Library can accommodate your group.
- Printing/Copying: Using one of our computers and need documents printed? Need to make copies for an upcoming meeting or presentation? For just $.15 per page (black and white; color $1), get as many laser-printed copies a necessary.
- Online Business Resources: Access great online resources such as Business and Company Resource Center, which provides company profiles and full-text articles from business journals throughout the country or Reference USA, which provides info on about 14 million companies throughout the U.S.
- Print Resources: Check out the latest business and trade journals and periodicals; browse through invaluable business directories, including guides to foundations, associations, public and private companies as well as minority and foreign businesses.
- SCORE: Visit free SCORE workshops held at various BCL locations throughout the year. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating and helping entrepreneurs and small businesses. Call your library for details.
- Business Workshops and Seminars: Two Broward County agencies - the Office of Economic and Small Business Development and the Purchasing Division - present an annual series of informational workshops designed to assist entrepreneurs in accessing County procurement opportunities. The workshops are currently held on the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Business owners are encouraged to attend the free workshops to learn helpful tips to successfully do business with Broward County Government while gaining valuable insight into the County's purchasing processes and small business certification programs.
- Small Business Resource Center at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC): The Small Business Resource Center assists the small business community with resources both online and at AARLCC. Visit the library or call 954-357-6227.