Fleming Island, FL

Small Business Centers launch at Orange Park, Fleming Island Libraries

Zoey Fields

The Orange Park and Fleming Island libraries’ Small Business Centers opened Wednesday for current owners, entrepreneurs and small business startups to reserve at their convenience. These centers aim to assist in economic and business development.

The new small business centers are equipped with a conference table, Wi-Fi, Microsoft Office Suite, printers, copiers, scanners and a collection of books and online tools that are geared toward helping establish a successful and sustainable business.

The collections in the libraries include topics such as accounting, marketing, company information, demographics, finances, human resources, management, manufacturing, market research and statistics. All information and tools are free and available for reservation.

“These centers just launched, but we have already held one seminar for small business owners and other entrepreneurs to attend,” County Commissioner Public Information Officer, Annaleasa Winter said.

Small Business Center conference rooms are available for 2-hour reservations for small businesses and entrepreneurs.Clay County Commissioners

Different seminars, classes and workshops will continually be held at the libraries and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds. Citizens can find events and registration links on the library calendar.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this resource for small and start-up businesses because we know that having access to private meeting space and the latest equipment and software provides a technical advantage and gives that professional edge to help stand out in the small business community,” Director of Clay County Libraries, Karen Walker, said.

A seminar covering the 10 vital steps for small businesses was held Wednesday at the Fleming Island Small Business Center. Chris Abetz, a business consultant for the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC), led the discussion on strategic planning, effective goal setting and no-charge services available to small businesses.

The Florida SBDC is located at the University of North Florida and provides management assistance and training to any prospective, or existing, small business owner in North Florida.

“Commissioners are always looking for ways to support our small businesses,” Clay County Commissioner Wayne Bolla, said in a press release. “We hope new businesses that are trying to make a name for themselves in Clay County will take advantage of this dedicated office space to develop and grow their business, and to network and promote sharing and communications with other small businesses.”

Library staff are available at the Fleming Island branch and Orange Park branch to provide assistance to those wishing to utilize the resources. Visitors can also make an appointment with the librarian for a one-on-one consultation, free of charge.

Printing fees are $0.20 per page for black and white; color printing is available at the Fleming Island branch for $0.50 per page.

The new Small Business Centers are available in two-hour windows for reservation, with a maximum of four hours per day. Individuals must be 18-years or older to reserve the center. Study rooms are available for students and individuals younger than 18 wishing to reserve a room.

Small Business Center conference rooms are available for 2-hour reservations for small businesses and entrepreneurs.Clay County Commissioners

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