Deltona library to host business workshops


Job seekers and new businesses can get some helpful tips during three free business workshops at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., in December.

Luis Paris, an instructor with Stetson University’s School of Business, will present an introduction to the Startup Quest mentoring program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. This 10-week program, sponsored by the Center for Business Excellence and Stetson University, is designed for new business owners.

Participants divide into competing teams led by local business community mentors to develop an actual business plan and pitch it to real-life investors. Using vetted ideas, the teams plunge into market analysis, financial projections and advanced technologies. Light refreshments will be provided.

Learn how to use LinkedIn and Reference USA as job search resources during a hands-on workshop led by librarian Jeff Seiler at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. LinkedIn is a social media website used for professional networking.

ReferenceUSA is a searchable database of employer profiles used for researching hiring companies; it’s available free to cardholders on the library’s website. Seating is limited for this one-hour program and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Van Canada will explain how to develop and use a business plan at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. Canada is the manager of Daytona State College’s Small Business Development Center. He will define business plans, their relevance to a successful business, and the myriad of local resources available to business owners developing plans.

The center can walk start-ups and existing business owners through the process of drafting a business plan and provide feedback on the plan’s strengths and weaknesses.  Light refreshments will be provided.

The programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Deltona Library to honor National Write a Business Plan Month.

Reservations are not required.

For more information, call the library at 386-789-7207, ext. #21032, or visit


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