Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Poll: What’s the worst part of starting or running a business? What’s the best part?

At the Idea+Space Beta Launch we asked everyone who came "What’s the worst part of starting or running a business? What’s the best part?" The results were pretty interesting. Here are the answers.

BEST
  • Being your own boss
  • Filling a need
  • Helping people
  • Using all my skills
  • Creating your future
  • Being passionate about my endeavor
  • Building a team and making lifelong friendships & partnerships
  • Thrilled customers
  • Working for yourself
  • Changing people’s lives
  • Being able to circulate your ideas
  • The feeling of self-accomplishment, the satisfaction of success
  • No boss!
  • Working on your own terms
  • Controlling the types of projects
  • Enjoying the payoff from my efforts!
  • A job that fits me!
  • Being creative
WORST
  • Needing to draw boundaries and time for you
  • Not knowing where to start
  • Investing more $ than you should
  • Figuring stuff out on your own (or thinking you have to)
  • Feeling isolated
  • No networking
  • Fear
  • Developing a scalable idea
  • Bookkeeping & taxes
  • Feeling alone
  • Knowing it’s going to be a long process
  • Networking as an introvert
  • Lots of responsibility and upkeep
  • Liabilities
  • Financial risk
  • Making payroll
  • Sometimes it’s lonely
  • Long hours
  • Having to do everything 
  • Finding a board for nonprofits
  • Needing to change the plan
  • Licenses & getting the paperwork right
We'll be using this data to plan more programs and recruit mentors. What else would you add?

Monday, October 27, 2014

What is the Idea+Space?


What do you get when you bring together a library, excellent resources for businesses and nonprofits, professionals and mentors to provide workshops and individual support, and a space where you can learn and get things done? We're calling it the Idea+Space and it is located on the second floor of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

What you’ll find at the Idea+Space:
  • · New programs, including: business planning, lean startup workshops, brainstorming, problem-solving, social media marketing, financial management, professional meetups, and library business resources 
  • · Nonprofit workshops and resources for grantseekers
  • · Self-employment assistance and resource referral
  • · Job and career help services
  • · Catalyst Café programs introducing new ideas
  • · Furniture designed for collaboration
  • · Library staff and volunteer mentors from the community to help you
We here at Pima County Public Library want the Idea+Space to be the place where you come to get the help you need to succeed, and get to the next step.

The Idea+Space was funded by a grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. In 2014, the Arizona State Library received about $3.25 million under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Almost $1 million of the funding was awarded on a competitive basis to libraries in Arizona.

This Week in the Idea+Space

Drop-in Job Help
Monday, Oct 27, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Pima County One Stop Career Center
Monday, Oct 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Walk-in Social Media Help for Business and Nonprofits
Tuesday, Oct 28, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Business Feasibility: Ready to go from Idea to Reality?
Wednesday, 10-29-2014, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Want to Start Your Own Business?
Thursday, 10-30-2014, 9:00am - 11:00am

Drop-in Job Help
Thursday, Oct 30, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Individual Job Counseling
Thursday, Oct 30, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Idea+Space, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 2nd floor
101 N. Stone Ave.
520-791-4010
All programs are free and open to the public

Monday, October 13, 2014

Do You Think Entrepreneurial Thinking Can Change Lives?

That moment when you're 17 and you win seed money for the business you just started. It happened at the library.

We asked Izzy Hernandez (pictured on right): Do you think entrepreneurial thinking can change lives?

Izzy said:
"I do believe that entrepreneurial thinking can help change lives. Look at Phoebe, Faith, and me, with all the work that we did in 48 hours. We are making a step into helping our community's teens by getting out financial knowledge that is definitely gonna help our youth have an idea of what to do once they finally "leave the nest" or so to speak. [she laughs.]

"If we get teens more interested in this topic we can help prepare them and help better there lives so they won't be left out in the dark. After all, we teenagers are the future. We are going to be the decision makers in our world and that is why it s so important that we help each other out when working on this project and hopefully this curriculum that we have started.
"It is to help benefit our teens, to help benefit our community, and most importantly, to help benefit our world."
Izzy was one of three teens who took part in the first programming funded by the Idea+Space grant. She spent 2 days of her fall school break with Robin and Brooke from LeadLocal, learning how to explore and test financial curriculum ideas for teens, using the lean startup methodology. Their proposal was so strong that Izzy, Faith and Phoebe were awarded $750.00 seed money to test their ideas in the real world, for classes given by the YWCA.

You'll be able to meet Robin, Brooke, Faith, Phoebe and Izzy at Tuesday's Catalyst Cafe. You don't want to miss this one!

When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room 2nd floor Idea+Space, 101 N. Stone.
Parking: Parking under the library is free after 5pm.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Copyright: Can I use that Picture?


Can I use that Picture? Source: http://thevisualcommunicationguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Infographic_CanIUseThatPicture4.jpg
Can I use that Picture? Source: http://thevisualcommunicationguy.com
How do you know if you can use a picture or not? Do I need to cite the source?

This graphic, created by The Visual Communication Guy lays it out for us.

Did you create it yourself? Where will you use it? What rights has the creator reserved? This infographic helps you find your way.

And if you can't find the source, check out our blog post from March, 2013: So, who made this? How to reverse image search. This post teaches you how to start with just an image and figure out who made it or where it came from.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What questions will you have for our Food Truckers?


I can think of a bunch of questions for our 4 panelists tonight. What questions will you ask?

  • Why a food truck?
  • How is Tucson's food truck market doing? 
  • How is Tucson's food truck scene different from other cities? 
  • How does running a food truck differ from running a brick-and-mortar business?
  • What role has social media played for you?
  • How are regulations different from a traditional restaurant?
  • What is the ecosystem like? For example I notice that there are few food trucks at large festivals like the 4th Avenue Street Fair. 
  • Do you have another job? How flexible is the food truck biz?
  • What happens when you break down? Get sick? 
  • What do you love about a food truck?
  • What is your day like? 
  • What is it like to expand from a food truck to nationwide distribution?
  • What would you do differently? What was your biggest surprise? 
  • Is there territoriality? 
  • What is better? Moving around? or having a consistent location?
  • If someone wants to have a food truck at an event, what do you look for? How do you choose where to be?
  • What would you like to see happen in Tucson?
Food Truck Confidential starts at 5:30pm today in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Main Library downtown. Parking is free in the Library Garage after 5:00pm.