Business, Community & Building the Next Normal Together

As so much is changing and small business owners work tirelessly to keep a brusque stride, I am working to connect you with information, ideas, and one another. 

Elanna Erhardt, MLIS
Business Librarian | | 541.734.3992


In this newsletter, you'll find:

Spring Pivot

While small businesses have been working to pivot business models and services, the Library has also been transitioning workshops to online offerings via Zoom, and finding the best ways to meet the changing needs of our communities. When Stay Home, Stay Safe orders were first put in place, I switched the focus of Business Information Services to building program partnerships and providing workshops that directly address the quickly changing needs of small businesses. The Small Business Development Center, Business Oregon, and Business Information Services at the Library partnered to provide Pandemic Finance 101, and Making Informed Business Decisions webinars.  

I also collaborated internally with the Library's Digital Services team and partnered with Danielle Seay, founder of GSD Professional Services to empower small business resilience. Together, we provided business tech workshops where small business owners learned to facilitate Zoom conferences, and connect with customers via Facebook.  

Grantseeking information services also went online via a research assistance form accompanied with Zoom meetings to explore search results and how to use them.  

Summer and the Next Normal

As we begin to pave new roads toward in-person services, many of us will find ourselves with enhanced digital skills that can be carried on into the future. The working cultures we knew will have changed and grown in unexpected ways. Wired describes this perfectly in their article, The New Reality of Work, available through the JCLS website with your library card. Small business owners have been working overtime through the first months of the pandemic to humanize digital environments while teaching how to use them, and are now embarking on restoration of confidence while designing new business strategies. As your local Business Librarian, I am creating innovative services to meet your business needs as we all progress toward the next normal. Take a look at upcoming workshops and discussion groups available through the Library, and call or email if you would like to Book a Librarian to learn about all the resources available to empower your business to succeed. Services are available at no cost to you through your local library.  

Register Here

Resilient Reads: A Business Book Discussion Group

Please note, this event will take place remotely via Zoom. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Remember to Register

Our first speaker from local business communities in Jackson County is Marta Tarantsey, Regional Development Officer at Business Oregon.

Ms. Tarantsey's talk titled, "Regroup, Reimagine, Reinvent: Insights from Past Downturns" will focus on economic recovery and strategy learned from past recessions and downturns featuring several examples that can be applied to the Rogue Valley.  

Resilient Reads is a monthly book discussion group where business owners and entrepreneurs can gather to share inspiration and ideas about how to navigate current and lasting economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each session is started with a talk from a guest speaker, leads into a Q&A session, and ends with a roundtable discussion.

Not sure what to read? 
Take a look at this book and article list for inspiration.

Come meet your peers in small business, and be inspired with new ways of doing business.

Register Here

 Grantseeking Research @ the Library

Foundation Directory Online is available to use in the Library again! Access is available on computers at the Medford Library on the second floor. We are observing social distancing recommendations, so computer time is available for one hour per day with six feet distance between available computers.  

If you'd like to have virtual grantseeking research assistance, that's also available. Fill out this short online form to describe what you are looking for. I'll conduct a search, and send you the results. The results will come in the form of either an Excel sheet, or a PDF describing foundations whose missions match with your organization and your projects.  

What if I'm not sure how to use the search results? 

This is a common question, and I'm happy to help. Just call or send an email, and we'll schedule a Zoom meeting, much like Book a Librarian.  

Small Business Tech Programs are Here!

Please note, these events will take place remotely via Zoom. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Google Drive for Small Business
Facilitators: Nicole Vukcevic & Elanna Erhardt
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
June 18 - Intro to Google Drive
July 16 - How to Collaborate & Share
Aug 20 - Advanced Tools in Google Drive

Social Media for Small Business
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Laura Irwin & Elanna Erhardt
July 2 - Instagram
Aug 6 - Twitter
Aug 13 - LinkedIn

Register Here

Grantseeking Programs:

Workshops in the Series: 

  1. Intro to Grantwriting & Case Statements 

  2. Impacts, Outcomes, & Partnerships 

  3. Evaluation & Budget 

  4. Credibility & Sustainability 

Learning is my lifelong pursuit. I'm always seeking professional development, finding new tools and learning how to design programs and services that best meet your needs. Through the completion of an eight-week online intensive course, I have learned even more about the grantwriting process from all stakeholder perspectives. I am incorporating what I learned into workshops that will be offered in the fall. As these workshops are being redesigned, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions and requests for research assistance. 

Many nonprofit workers are new to the grantseeking process, and may not know some of the core philosophies or integral aspects of planning required to successfully win funding. Grantseeking is a process of identifying one’s own organizational culture and mission, creating innovative partnerships, and embracing a multilateral view of humanitarian work and philanthropy. Grant writers are most successful when they incorporate careful planning, genuine human connections, and creative resourcefulness into their organizations’ projects long before seeking funding. Grantwriting workshops at the library will help participants learn and progress from any level of experience and knowledge. 

Book a Librarian 

Need a research assistant? Book a Librarian, and be connected with business services, local and national data you need to make informed decisions, and referrals to business support professionals throughout the county. And learn about the most current business publications relevant to your queries.  

What if I don't have a concise question?  

Book an appointment where we can talk about the problems you are trying to solve, or the projects you are building. I'll point you toward the right resources. 

How do I Book a Librarian? 

Give me a call or send an email, and we'll set up a time to talk via Zoom.  

Insight from Past Downturns: Looking to History for a Window into the Future

Though there are many differences between the 2008 recession, and the current economic crisis, we can learn from many of the tools and strategies deployed as small business owners navigated rocky terrain. There has been a full information cycle since the last recession, giving many opportunities to look back and understand the socioeconomic milieu, and the resilience strategies that arose. 
Check out a book from the Resilient Reads Book List.
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