*Community Partners’ News and Events

Small business news, training and events – some outside of our regular SBDC network:





Akron Summit County Public Library events:

Introduction to Intellectual Property – 

Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets

Wednesday, March 3 – 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Akron-Summit County Public Library is a Patent & Trademark Resource Center. Designated a PTRC in 1995, the library is part of a nationwide network of public, academic and special libraries spread throughout the United States. We offer access to resources from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in a variety of formats, including instructional classes, books, databases and handouts.

Join us for four weekly lunchtime sessions where our USPTO-trained librarians will help you learn more about intellectual property. Dates and topics are below. Register for one, some, or all:

March 3 – Copyrights

March 10 – Patents

March 17 – Trademarks

March 31 – Trade Secrets


This is a free, virtual program taking place via Zoom. A Zoom link and instructions will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.

Contact the Science & Technology Division at 330.643.9075 or stdiv@akronlibrary.org with questions.

For further reading about intellectual property checkout these items from our collection:

To register for this event please follow the “more Info” link provided:








Please contact: 

PH: 330.643.9075




60 South High Street

Akron, OH


More Info Link: www.akronlibrary.org; www.ascpl.org





Cuyahoga Falls Library – upcoming business events…to be announced…

2015 Third Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221








The Hudson Library will remain closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 health crisis. We are continuing to follow the public health and safety guidelines from Governor DeWine. Patrons should not return their materials. All due dates will be extended.

Reference services are still available during library closure. Email your reference questions to askus@hudson.lib.oh.us or leave a message at (330) 653-6658 x1010



Learn How to Use Etsy to Sell Your Craft Products

Do you already make custom jewelry, decorative home items, or other handmade products for sale or gift giving? If so, this virtual course will teach you how to start an online shop for your unique line of handcrafted items.

In partnership with Etsy, a leader in e-commerce for creative entrepreneurs, the Hudson Library & Historical Society is offering free virtual classes to help craft makers like you establish an online business to sell your products to a wider market and earn extra income.

Craft Entrepreneurship classes are taught by successful online craft sellers who coach and support participants through every aspect of setting up their online shops. Using Etsy as a learning lab, teachers share best practices on topics that impact new sellers most, including time management, branding, pricing, shipping, and photography, to help them earn supplemental income through their craft business.

The live, virtual classes will be taught by instructor Karen Koch, a local mixed media artist who has extensive experience with using Etsy to sell and promote her art.  Karen studied studio art and majored in drawing at Denison University.  Her studio, Life Needs Art, located inside of Uncommon Art, an art studio and gallery on Main Street in Hudson, features modern art inspired by nature and nostalgia.


  • Have at least one handmade craft item ready to sell, and an idea for a related line of products.
  • Commit to attending about 14 hours of classes including 4 weeknight classes on Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 and March 25, 11 from 6:30-9 p.m. and 1 Saturday class on March 13 from 9:30-1 p.m.
  • Have never made any sales on Etsy.com (You may have a store on Etsy.com but have never made sales).
  • Have a credit card and checking account (necessary for sales transactions).
  • Have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.


Interested students will need to fill out an application (click below) – Applications are due February 25, 2021.

The Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. For more information, call 330.653.6658 x 1010.




Join us for Virtual Learning!

The Hudson Library & Historical Society is excited to announce our new virtual event series designed for small businesses and job seekers.
Registration with a valid email address is required for all virtual programs. Participants will be emailed an invitation to meet on Zoom a day before the program. For more information, please email askus@hudson.lib.oh.us or leave a message at 330.653.6658 x1010.

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