Library Has Biz Resources

May 19, 2006
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MUSKEGON — Budding entrepreneurs have a new resource available in Muskegon.

The Hackley Public Library is now equipped with two Biz Resource Center terminals as part of a partnership with Main Street Michigan and the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center.

The library is located at 316 W. Webster in downtown Muskegon, placing it in an accessible area that is also close to the

Main Street
and Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce offices.

The terminals are equipped with laptops that use Business Plan Pro software to help create a business plan as well as a section of books and binders with information about starting and running a small business.

Mary Murphy, assistant director of Hackley Public Library, said she often fields questions from patrons about where they can find information on starting a new business. Murphy said the new center will be a good addition to the library.

“I think that it’s going to help the people who are interested in starting their own business,” she said. “If we can give them these kinds of reference sources, then we’ve succeeded.”

Steve Vaughan, chairman of the

Muskegon Main Street
board, said he is excited about the center, which will help bring people downtown.

“We really want to get people to stay down here,” he said of those interested in starting or bringing businesses to the area. “Obviously this is a great resource for us.”

Dan Rinsema-Sybenga, manager of

Muskegon Main Street
, said the project has been in the works since Muskegon became a
Main Street
designation.

“I think it’s really going to be a great way to connect people and organizations focused on small businesses,” he said.    

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