Business Bytes, It’s Personal

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m working on a new series of classes called “Business Bytes.” The basic idea is to help local business owners learn more about ways to use technology and the internet. Tonight, I taught the very first one in the series, providing an introduction to Google Places and the benefits of verifying your businesses’ listing.

Even though it was my first time making my way through this presentation, I think it went fairly well. Hearing people talk about their struggles with keeping up with technology and the intimidation that they often feel reminded me of my own parents, who have been small business owners for over 30 years. Owning one’s own business obviously comes with an ongoing set of challenges and frustrations, and I grew up seeing these first-hand at home. Tonight, I feel like I helped people like my parents, and that felt really good. Not to sound too sappy, but it’s moments like this that really make being a public librarian a total joy.

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