Local and easy access to resources for entrepreneurs is the goal of the Clawson Business Resource Center (CBRC). Located in the Blair Memorial library, it provides easy access to materials and expertise. Although open to everyone, the program targets entrepreneurs and small businesses whether their status is pre-startup, startup or growth and expansion.
By sharing resources, the CBRC offers support to Entrepreneurs by providing research and business development tools locally, within our own city.
The Clawson Business Resource Center offers: Business related books, magazines, periodicals and hard copy resources; Internet based resources, Business Counseling and Business seminars.
The project began as part of the yearly workplan of the DDA’s Economic Committee – part of our Main Street program – to provide support to businesses. A partnership ensued between the Blair Memorial Library, Clawson Chamber of Commerce, the Clawson Downtown Development Authority and the Oakland County Small Business Center to provide our many resources in one location and with a unified online presence.
There are so many resources available and our goal was to create awareness of the many resources and to make them easily accessible. The library became the ideal location – the hard copy resources are already in place, computers are available to access the online resources, and it offers a location with access beyond the typical 9-5 business hours.
The flexible – and evening – hours of the library widens the reach of our resources. Business counseling will be offered on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and Michigan Works (MI-Works) respectively.