I had the privilege to speak about the library’s online business library resources at the SCORE Counselor’s Meeting this morning. The counselors had great questions about CCPL’s business resources. If you’re starting a business, you should find your local SCORE chapter and take advantage of their expertise. Their services are free and their workshops are worth the nominal fee that they charge to offset their costs.
Here’s a peek at today’s presentation!
Posted in business resources, SCORE |
Are you looking for employment? If so, the Otranto Road Regional Library has got you covered!
They are hosting a workshop called How To Land a Great Job. Get an insider’s look at what employers are want to see in top job candidates. A member of the South Carolina Federal Credit Union’s recruiting team will cover job search secrets, resume and interview tips, and more.
When: Tuesday, March 19th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Otranto Road Regional Library
For details, contact Otranto’s staff at 572-4094.
Posted in events, jobs & careers |
Have you dreamed of starting your own business? Are you wondering if you’re ready to make it happen? Confused about where to begin?
If this sounds like you, head on down to the Main Library next Tuesday, February 28th from 6-7:30 P.M. for our joint program with SCORE called “Are You Ready to Start A Small Business?” Hank Cardarelli and I will share information that can help you figure out if you’re ready to break out on your own.
Registration isn’t required for this free event. If you have questions, give us a call at 805-6930 or contact us via our Ask-A-Question service.
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12 PM We’re about to get started
12:05 PM Michael is explaining PATH – Palmetto Technology Hub is a nonprofit that serves as an Internet help desk for other nonprofits.
Why we’re here? Money’s tight; we need to get more done with less. Nonprofits frequently don’t know what to even ask for on the technology front.
We’re going to talk about hardware, software, social media, people, resources today.
- Care & Maintenance is critical.
- Simple things: memory and ventilation.
- Recommended: once a year, have a day when you pull the PC out from the wall, look at the back, clean out all the dust. Blow compressed air into it. Keep pets and food away from the CPU.
- When you have to buy something new, don’t buy the cheapest. Get the most you can on your budget. It will last longer and serve you better.
- Get a good FREE antivirus program. Right now, that’s Microsoft Security Essentials.
- Recommended: once a year, take care of the registry and temporary files. Options: CCleaner and GlaryUtilities.com
- Your Internet: check your speed and contract at least every 2 years somewhere like speakeasy.net/speedtest
- Secure the WiFi. You are securing your clients & donor’s information, and if someone is wardriving on your network they’re sucking up your speed/bandwidth
- Don’t forget about physical security. Tag your equipment, have it physically secured
- Disaster recovery – 3 2 1 strategy: 3 copies, 2 media, 1 offsite ( multiple redundant online backups)
- Offsite backup, try something like mozy.com, or crashplan.org. There are other good ones, too, these are just 2. This is NOT expensive…from free to $60 a year
- Standardize! It reduces training, enables collaboration, makes machines interchangeable if something goes wrong
- Decide when to upgrade. Sometimes you don’t need the most recent version, like the newer version won’t open on my PC
- Consider nontraditional options
- Open Office or LibreOffice – free & mostly compatible with MS Office
- Online Office programs – GoogleDocs, ZoHo, etc., helps with remote work & collaboration
- these eliminate need for backing up files since they’re stored on the cloud
- FOSS – Free Open Source Softwarware
- The Gimp = Photoshop
- Kivio = Visio
- NVU = Dreamweaver
- Want more? Check Open Source Alternative at osalt.com
- Online file storage, like Dropbox.com or similar sites. [Watch your Terms Of Service agreements with these - A]
- Stake your claim. Register your name there even if you don’t think you’ll use it. Set it up to tell people where you *are* active online
- If you don’t use it, keep up with what others are saying about you.
- google.com/alerts – helps you find what people are saying about you. Sends you a digest of places where you are mentioned online
- Socialoopmh.com – can look for keywords you specifiy on social media sites – this is a way to keep monitoring simple
Social Media is NOT your home base. Your web site is your home base!!
Free web hosting for nonprofits is out there, including at dreamhost.com
You need to own & have control over your own information. FB, Twitter, etc. own every word you put on them. Have your own presence.
- are your biggest asset
- institutional knowledge is crucial; tech is a way to keep hard-earned knowledge alive regardless of who comes & goes in your org
- Buy good keyboards & monitors; this is where stess & strain injuries occur.
- Train! PATH, library, YouTube, Lynda, etc. Encourage training.
- Security. People need passwords. You can protect from outsides & keep people’s things separate. It preserves job happiness. No one wants to see someone else’s stuff! (Pay rate, etc.)
- TechSoup.org – offers software & hardware for 501(c)3
- Nten.org – training how to & why
- The Library! [Aww! Thanks, Michael. -A]
Q. Can you get rid of all the junk on new computers?
A. Decrappify – removes all the junk that gets put on your new PCs by the manufacturers
Q. Why doesn’t MS put MS Security Essentials on there?
A. Antitrust, basically.
Q. How does PATH support itself?
A. Grants and support from businesses like Google, Boeing, etc.
Q: Another BootCamp?
A: June or so next year.
[I'm just saying...Charleston is lucky to have such an altruistic tech community in town. -A]
Posted in computers, events, technology |
In this session Michael Carnell, computer consultant and co-founder of the Palmetto Technology Hub, will discuss some easy ways that non-profits can make the most of the technology they have available. Yes, it is possible to take advantage of some of today’s cutting edge technology to advance your cause without cracking open your wallet, and Michael will show you how. Feel free to bring your tech questions too; he will be happy to tackle your computer, internet and social media questions.
Space is limited; to register for the workshop, please call 805-6930.
Where: Meeting Room B, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St
When: Tuesday, November 8th from 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Posted in nonprofits, technology |
As promised, here are the slides from today’s Networking Lunch. If you have any questions about the resources we talked about today, drop me a line!
Posted in business resources, events, research databases |
Are you ready to get your message heard in a world of increasing email communications? Discover how to make email marketing work for your organization at The Power of Email Marketing at the Main Library on August 24th.
- what email marketing is and why and how it works
- components of an effective email marketing campaign
- how email marketing can meet your needs
- case studies of successful email marketing campaigns
- email marketing best practices and tips
All information provided can be applied regardless of the system or service you are using for email marketing.
Our presenter is Anissa Freeman Starnes, the Regional Development Director for Constant Contact in the Carolinas. Anissa is a small business expert with 19 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development and sponsorship management. She has a background as a successful small business owner and CEO of an international nonprofit organization. Anissa is passionate about helping small businesses and organizations grow customer, member, and donor relationships through their use of email marketing.
Where: Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street
When: Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 from 6-8 p.m.
Registration is not required for this event, but if you can preregister at http://tinyurl.com/register824 if you like. As always this program is free and open to the public.
Hope to see you there!
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