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The City of Evanston and the Evanston Public Library are launching NextChapter – a resource hub designed to nurture Evanston’s freelance, solopreneur, and home-based businesses at their earliest stage of development. NextChapter differs from other regional library-based business resource centers with its focus on free programming, provided with private sector partners.

The business stage and business topic workshops, mentorships, and networking events will support the graduation of emerging firms from their “kitchen table” into Evanston’s co-working spaces, incubators and office spaces as their businesses grow. Individuals will receive help writing the next chapter of their business’s development through this enhancement of the extensive business support programs, consultations, publications, and research materials already offered by the Library.

Participants in NextChapter programs will collaborate not only with Library staff experienced in business development resources, but also with successful entrepreneurs who will lead workshops at low or no cost to participants.

Entrepreneurs, business owners, educators and individuals with  an expertise willing to help develop Evanston’s budding entrepreneurs and earliest stages of businesses, are invited to submit proposals for a class, workshop or presentation at: htps://cityofevanston.wufoo.com/forms/course-proposal-form.  Those who offer to teach a workshop or a series of courses will help individuals “turn the page” and become more successful.

NextChapter was created to provide a focal point for Evanston residents dispersed throughout the City. Having a central meeting place for the fiercely independent, risk taking, and creative freelance and solopreneur community will lead to opportunities for supplier partnerships or contracts with many downtown Evanston-based companies. Additionally, it is anticipated that programs offered at NextChapter will also be relevant to career changers and seasoned professionals who need instruction on recently updated software or web applications.

More about NextChapter programming, is available at evanstonedge.com/entrpreneurship or call 847-448-8013. http://www.artsworkfund.org/