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E-Town Library Opens Business Center to Help Entrepreneurs

For many years, the Elizabethtown Public Library has served as a resource for individuals seeking work and those striving to achieve their dreams.

Now, entrepreneurs and business people can take their next steps in success at the library by using the new Business Center on the second floor. The Business Center houses a collection of business related material and also has tables and chairs that can be arranged into individual work spaces or for a large group meeting. Limited quantities of office supplies are available for sale. The center is open to anyone for business related purposes.

February hours begin on Monday, Feb. 4. Center hours are Monday: 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Thursday: 2:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change. The library will post the hours and any changes on www.etownpubliclibrary.org and at www.facebook.com/elizabethtownpubliclibrary.

“The library’s motto is ‘Making Your Dreams Come True,’ and this new venture for the library will help businesses large and small, new and experienced, to germinate a business idea and make it a reality,” said Deb Drury, executive director of the library. “Business owners and entrepreneurs can contact the library to arrange use of the Business Center.”

The Business Center is part of a $350,000 grant titled “Destination E-Town,” which is designed to strengthen small businesses and create jobs in the community. Thelibrary, the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce and Elizabethtown College and the college’s Social Enterprise Institute and High Center for Family Business comprise a partnership that received the grant.

The library has transformed the second floor conference room into the Business Center, installing tables, office chairs, a state-of-the-art copy machine, and much of the library’s collection of business books and periodicals. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the library.

“Local business owners and entrepreneurs who need a meeting space, or perhaps business students from Elizabethtown College who are doing research, will find a professional space in which to be successful,” Drury said. “We are pleased that we can help businesses succeed and contribute to the local economy.”

The Destination E-Town grant is from a $10 million BB& T Economic Growth Fund, established when BB& T bought the former Susquehanna Bancshares. The fund has granted more than $6.1 million to 11 Lancaster- based, non-profit organizations with programs focused on creating sustainable and thriving jobs.

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