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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.

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Calling all coders, designers, entrepreneurs and hackers! Join us at Portland Public Library on Saturday, September 12th at 9am to be part of building a solution so individuals in our geographically close community can communicate more civilly online about our shared community. Be part of creating something awesome!

Teams of  individuals will have 10 hours to work together to create an online solution for civic engagement and civil discourse. This will give our community a place to gather virtually to discuss important issues and share opinions and information on community initiatives, volunteer prospects and more. Come armed with your innovative ideas for community engagement!

Seed money ($1,500) will be awarded for the best solution. Food and caffeine will be provided for all registered participants.

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Finance & Financial Literacy

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

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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Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility!  Join us as we engage in lively conversation on a variety of topics 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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Sonya Durney, MLIS   Email »
Business & Government Librarian -Team Leader
207.871.1700 x729
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