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PPL Business: A Windfall for Small Businesses

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Adults | College & Career | Seniors | Business | Government | News

 

When envisioning a public library, what one is likely to imagine are old books on shelves and old librarians with glasses. Libraries do have books; however, every book is not old, and every librarian does not wear glasses. Just like the weather in Maine, we are dynamic, and we continually evolve with new technology and new materials in order to support our growing communities.

In 2018 a total of 145,536 small businesses in Maine (99.3% of Maine businesses) employed a total of 284,658 employees (56.9% of Maine employees). The importance of small business’s contribution to the socio-economic development of Maine cannot be overemphasized.

As we celebrate Small Business Week during the month of May [5th – 11th ], it is helpful to know what PPL Business offers to assist small businesses in the Greater Portland Area. PPL Business focuses on three subject areas: books, databases, and events.

With a concise collection management policy, PPL Business offers a comprehensive collection of physical books covering all subject areas in business and business research. If you are thinking of starting, managing, restructuring, planning, or searching for ways to fund your business, look no further than PPL. We have access to the information and materials you need.

Starting a business can be complicated and PPL’s host of databases can help. Your library card number is your key to accessing all of our resources for your business information needs, from creating to running a business. Databases include but are not limited to: sample business plans, community demographic information, industry trends, competitive intelligence, detailed mailing lists of potential clients, and in-depth market research. You can also download and print legal forms, read full-text trade journals, and access popular magazines in the areas of business and industry.

PPL Business also offers an array of in-person events and programs to support small business owners. In partnership with the Small Business Administration Programs and Services, PPL will host Small Business Administration SBA 101 on May 8th, 2019 at 10 am – 12 pm. Entrepreneurs can also check out our monthly Business Data Workshops where businesses are introduced to the basic techniques on how to use and get the most out of our collection of online databases.

While at PPL, you will have unlimited access to affordable meeting spaces for group gatherings,  quiet (in some cases — virtually silent) and comfortable areas to read, space to do work or conduct research, free access to good quality high-speed wireless internet, Internet-enabled computers, faxes, and photocopiers. We can also refer you to useful community resources.

Portland Public Library’s Business offerings are a gold mine of information for small business-people – you just need to learn how to access our riches!

Happy Small Business Week and thank you to all the small businesses for their contribution to job creation and socio-economic development in the region.


Free Forms and Tax Help

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

Volunteers from AARP will be at the Main Library to help patrons file their taxes (free of charge!).

Volunteers will be at the Library Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am until 4:45 pm, February 5th through April 10th. Appointment recommended, call (207) 518-8579 Click to see other AARP tax assistance sites in Maine.  

CA$H Maine, a division of the United Way, also offers tax assistance with some income stipulations – Learn more here. 

There have been changes to how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State of Maine Revenue Services (MRS) are distributing print tax forms. Please follow the links below to learn more and to find out how to obtain tax forms. 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has redesigned form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ into just form 1040. These are the only forms that will be available to readily pick up at the Portland Public Library and its branches. These forms should be at the Library by the beginning of Monday, 28 January 2019. 

You can download and print forms, instructions or publications by visiting IRS.gov.  You can also order the forms to be sent to you from the IRS by clicking here or calling 1-800-829-3676 .

The Library does not receive 1099 forms. They must be ordered directly through the IRS. 

How to get a Maine Individual Income Tax Booklet; 

  • Booklets and forms are available for download from the Maine Revenue Services website at maine.gov/revenue/forms
  • Individuals taxpayers who would like to have a booklet mailed directly to them may order online at maine.gov/revenue/forms/FormsReq_form.htmlor call the form line at 207-624-7894 (leave your name and mailing address) or write to the Maine Revenue Services, P.O. Box 9107, Augusta, Maine, 04332-9107 

Maine no longer applies for the Rent Rebate refund separately in the fall.  This refund is now included in your income tax filing. It is one of the first questions on the form.

Pine Tree Legal provides more information on this and explains how to claim this refund if you DO NOT file a Maine income tax form. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Research Desk on 207-871-1700 X 725 or reference@portlib.org

We are happy to help! 

 


PPL Business; Top 15 Small Business Blogs/Websites to follow in 2019

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

 

It’s a new year… start small, think big. PPL Business is happy to share with you fifteen business blogs and websites to follow as we start 2019, courtesy of Blog-rank. Over 20 different factors are used to rank the blogs in any category. Learn more about our ranking logic.

 

PPL has unlimited access to some of the world’s best business books and databases whose content you can’t generally find on the Internet. Visit us at portlandlibrary.com or at one of our locations.

And don’t forget to enjoy some light reading with these PPL Staff Picks.

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