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At PPL we understand that the key to successful business management, sustained growth and healthy profit margins is speedy access to the best resources. It is our goal to provide reference services and library resources to help Portland area businesses succeed. PPL’s Business & Government Team manages our business resources, providing Library materials, online resources and programming on economics, business, government, demographics, law, politics, financial literacy,and career development.

For a quick overview of how PPL resources might help you research your business idea check out this Prezi!

startup weekend

Maine Startup & Create Week (June 22-27, 2015) is a week long event In Portland, Maine celebrating innovators, entrepreneurs & startups across Maine! This week is designed showcase Maine’s vibrant, growing startup community to the greater Maine community and to visiting guests from around the country.

The week will feature workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. It’s a frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. At the end of the week, you will be better prepared to navigate the chaotic, fun world of the startups! Stay tuned  for more info!

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Call For Presenters: Makers @ PPL
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The inaugural Makers @ PPL event is happening here on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11am to 4pm. The community is invited to respond to the Call for Presenters from December 1 through January 15, via this form: http://bit.ly/1vsVoFc.

Maker culture is a movement that emerged from the do-it-yourself community. This attitude that people can best learn new skills through hands on experimentation has been embraced by open source computer advocates, manufacturers looking for ways to renew interest in craftsmanship, and librarians and educators who advocate for information sharing and engagement with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math).

Community focused interaction around making has proven to be one of the best ways to incubate and develop ideas. With that, Portland Public Library is excited to announce the first Makers @ PPL event— an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn about all the creative opportunities right here in Portland.

The themed tracks of the event have a broad appeal—Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Entrepreneurship, Food & Drink, and Local History. This event is designed to expose people to a variety of topics, ideas, and new materials, and the hope is that people will not only walk away with a bag full of creations, but with a profound sense of having learned something new.

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Finance & Financial Literacy
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Sometimes we all need help understanding money. PPL provides effective, unbiased financial and investor information through our print collections and online databases like Morningstar Investment Research Center and Value Line. PPL’s Value Line subscription also offers access to  The Small and Mid-Cap Survey. In collaboration with KeyBank, PPL also offers programs on financial topics throughout the year – with the highlight being Money Smart Week each April.

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Business Management
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Find the information you need to run your business in today’s competitive market. PPL has resources to help you write business plans, utilize social media, lead effectively, increase sales, stay on top of record keeping, recruit and  retain the best talent, and much more!

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Choose Civility

Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility! PPL is pleased to announce  Choose Civility Portland.  With generous funding from the Lerner Foundation, the Library aims to position itself as a community center where citizens can gather to discuss issues that are important to our community.

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Everyone has a right to know the law. We make it possible for the general public to learn about and use the law to solve problems, access justice and leverage opportunities.

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Up Next at the Library:
Apr25
Makers @ PPL11:00am - 4:00pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
Announcing the Call for Presenters: Makers @ PPL
Call for Presenters: Makers @ PPL! Share your skills, creative pursuits, and knowledge!   More »
Inequality for All: Watch & Discuss Oct 29th 6:00 PM!
Promotion of the Inequality for All screening and suggested complementary resources.   More »
Choose Civility and Constitution Week!
Portland Public Conversations and Choose Civility program overview   More »
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Sonya Durney, MLIS   Email »
Business & Government Librarian -Team Leader
207.871.1700 x729
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