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Small Business Week Celebration Includes Speakers, Business Showcase, Pitch Competition Finals

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

This year, Small Business Week will be celebrated during the week of May 5-11. Events sponsored by the SBA and SCORE include a hackathon, the presentation of national awards, and a Twitter chat.

Locally, NaperLaunch will commemorate Small Business Week with a series of educational workshops intended for small business owners or managers. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Scott Palmer, former Shark Tank contestant and COO of Spikeball, Inc.
  • Cybersecurity expert Brian Berglund, CTO of Armarius Software
  • An interactive workshop on Instagram Marketing, presented by NPL’s Lindsay Harmon
  • Bob Koch, founder of e-commerce company Quiver Global, Inc.

The week concludes with the NaperLaunch Small Business Showcase and the finals of the 2nd Annual Business Plan and Pitch Competition, both on Saturday, May 11 at the Nichols Library.

At the Small Business Showcase, participating members of NaperLaunch will have the opportunity to share information about their businesses with members of the local community. NaperLaunch members may reserve a table to display information about their business during the Business Showcase.

During the Business Plan and Pitch Competition, three finalists selected from preliminary rounds will pitch their business plan publicly to be judged by a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors. The winning entrepreneur will receive a $3,300 prize.

For more information, visit the NaperLaunch website.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 1:15pm

Don't miss the last Money Smart Week opportunity - Rules of the Road: Investing 101 with Kaylee Phalon

Kaylee Phalon has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones for over 5 years and holds an Accredited Asset Management Specialist, AAMS™, certification from the College for Financial Planning. Her focus areas include Retirement Income and Savings Strategies, College Savings, Estate & Legacy Strategies and Insurance & Annuities.

Kaylee will present the fundamental concepts of investing and potential strategies to build wealth. For beginning investors and those who would like to learn more about maximizing current investments.

Save the Date! Saturday, April 6th at 95th St. Library starting 2:00 pm.
Naperville Public Library’s Money Smart Week events are on the NaperLaunch calendar.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:15am

Money Smart Week - Making the Most of Social Security with Mike Heatwole

Mike Heatwole is a Certified Financial Planner™ and founder of The Dala Group. Before starting The Dala Group, Mike’s financial planning career started at Waddell & Reed where he built a wealth management firm focusing his efforts on helping families achieve their financial goals.

Learn various social security filing strategies available and how these strategies can provide lifetime Social Security benefits. Also, discuss how 2019 taxes will affect your Social Security benefits.

Save the date! Friday, April 5th at 95th St. Library starting 7:00 pm.
Naperville Public Library’s Money Smart Week events are on the NaperLaunch calendar. No registration required.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:00am

Money Smart Week - ABC's of Homebuying with Matthew Ewald

Matthew Ewald, Vice President of Residential Leasing at Draper & Kramer Mortgage, provides an overview of the home buying process. Draper and Kramer Mortgage is one of the country’s premier full-service real estate and financial firms, a family-owned company headquartered in Chicago since 1893.

Topics include household budgeting, building credit, tips on improving credit scores, home loan financing options and down payment assistance programs. Find out the importance of selecting the right realtor, inspector, attorney and lender.

Save the date! Thursday, April 4th at 95th Street Library starting 6:30 p.m.
Naperville Public Library's Money Smart Week events are on the NaperLaunch calendar.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:00am

Money Smart Week 2019 at Naperville Public Library

Money Smart Week groups across the country work together to reach consumers with information and ideas to encourage financial well-being. Money Smart Week is an initiative started right here in Illinois by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

The goal of Money Smart Week is to build financial capability for people in all different stages to make informed strategies for beginners and beyond.

Naperville Public Library has partnered with Money Smart Week and local financial experts to present information on financial strategies.

What will you learn?

  • Learn how to budget and prepare for income changing life events, such as career change or starting a family.
  • Figure out how to make the most of your Social Security.
  • Hear the best potential strategies to build wealth through investing.
  • Learn bust practices for buying a home.
  • Learn how to manage investments with a program geared towards women.

Find out times and location on the Naperville Public Library's Money Smart Week calendar of events.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 2:00pm