Libraries as an Extension of Your Start-up

We're excited that Anything Libraries wanted to publish our story on how libraries and librarians support start-ups and entrepreneurs.  It's still cutting edge in libraries to talk about this.  

We're excited that Anything Libraries wanted to publish our story on how libraries and librarians support start-ups and entrepreneurs.

It's still cutting edge in libraries to talk about this.  Though librarians have been supporting business development in their communities since forever.  Maybe we need to reframe it when we talk to 2.0 businesses.

SPARK - a quarterly publication from Anythink Libraries

Libraries as an Extension of Your Start-up
John Chrastka, October 2014

Businesses at every stage – from ideation to launch to scale – can benefit from the resources at the public library and the expertise of librarians. Libraries give companies access to data, market research, testing and opportunities to scale. Librarians also have an extensive knowledge base to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Libraries are mobile and forward-thinking

Libraries have innovative resources, such as 3D printers and tablets, which can be leveraged during the product development cycle. Many of the resources you need can be accessed remotely from your office.


R&D

Access resources that otherwise would cost thousands of dollars, from ReferenceUSA to Business Source Premier to Regional Business News.

Check for patent and trademark information

Gather competitive data and intelligence

Develop your pitch deck for investors

Research your supply chain, and financial and legal information

Librarians can serve as an extension of your staff and will help you harness the power of these resources to grow your business. 


Data & Testing

Libraries can support product development and testing, including access to hardware and platforms in real-world conditions.

Get your product in the hands of potential customers

Convene a focus group or beta test

Generate useful feedback that can be applied to the development process

Librarians want to support local businesses. They are there to help, and they are interested in your success. 

 

Going to Market

The library is a showroom. Studies show, people are more likely to buy a product after first trying it at the library.

Allow potential customers to experience your platform, product or service firsthand through the local library

Conduct ongoing research and competitive analysis to continue innovation

Librarians are early-adopters and train late-cycle adopters (the public) every day on emerging technologies, platforms, apps, and innovations. Harness the power of these resources to grow your business. 


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