At Botetourt County Libraries, we’re proud supporters of local business. From market data research to temporary office space, we offer a number of services that benefit business owners. But if we had to choose just one thing that has the potential to make the biggest positive impact on Botetourt business, it’s our role as a community learning center – which includes a lot of books (and audiobooks).
Successful business owners know the value of constant learning, and one of the most efficient ways to acquire information is by reading. Bill Gates said that “reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.” Likewise, Warren Buffett attributed much of his success to that fact that he does “more reading and thinking” than actual activity, helping him make better-informed decisions.
The world of business changes quickly. In order to stay afloat, every business owner needs to not only stay on top of ideas and trends, but also spend time exploring and understanding how those ideas apply to their situation (or not). At the libraries, we realize what a challenge it is to keep up!
That’s why we’re starting the BOCO Business Book Club, a quarterly lunch ‘n’ learn event where current and future entrepreneurs can gather to discuss great business literature and share the takeaways that helped them most or that they’re still trying to figure out. The Book Club grew out of a partnership between Botetourt County Libraries and Economic Development as a way to support and encourage small business owners in Botetourt.
We know business owners are busy, and it’s hard to find time to read. That’s why every Book Club meeting will include a brief summary of the book being discussed. Even if you didn’t read the book, you can hear a “nutshell” version and key takeaways. You may find it so helpful that you want to read the entire book afterward!
The Book Club’s first meeting is on Tuesday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Library. (Yes, we know it’s a drive – but as our newest and largest facility, it’s well worth the trip!) Bring your own lunch and join the casual conversation. We’ll be discussing “E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It,” by Michael Gerber. If you don’t have the book, request a copy from your local library – it’s free to borrow!
Future 2020 meeting dates are set for:
Tuesday, June 2, Blue Ridge Library
Tuesday, Sept. 1, Buchanan Library
Tuesday, Dec. 1, Fincastle Library
We’d love to know what other titles you’d like to talk about with fellow entrepreneurs. Pass them along to any of your local librarians for consideration. We’d also like to hear your suggestions for business-related workshop topics or presenters you’d like us to host at the library. We’re here to support your business journey, from your first “what if…” idea to your next big expansion. Come on over and get inspired!
– Julie Phillips, Director
Botetourt County Libraries