Written by Deb Renee Biggs, Michigan eLibrary & Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan

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“Particularly for micro businesses, this could be a powerful resource to starting a business, as well as maintaining business practices.”

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The Michigan eLibrary, otherwise known as MeL, is Michigan’s online library mellogoresource. With origins dating back from 1992, this free service allows Michigan residents to access a number of highly useful books, articles, photos and research information for no cost. This service also helps Michigan residents order library books or goods their participating libraries, find historical records and gives information to those in specific areas of work.

In July 2016, MeL debuted MeL Business with emphasis on powerful tools that can help Michigan businesses start, grow, support and succeed.  MeL Business was made with the purpose to “[…] Explore core eResources, identify key partners, conduct research, and connect with your local library to succeed in running your business.” Those interested can watch a series of 4 videos on the portal page to find out how MeL Business can work for you or go to MeL’s YouTube channel.

customer-service-1433639_1280Particularly for microbusinesses, this could be a powerful resource to starting a business, as well as maintaining business practices. Microbusinesses often refer to small, homegrown businesses that consist of a small number of people and are often limited to their local area and/or online sales. While local businesses have been around for many years, the idea of microbusinesses grew exponentially in the 1980’s, and has only increased in the years since. Having a free resource with this valuable information can help create better local economies and help microbusinesses succeed.

On September 13, 2016, from 12:30-1:30 pm, MeL will be doing a Twitter Chat in support of MeL Business and invite you to join in to learn more about the portal and the amazingly useful resources it contains that can help you either start or grow a business. Reach MeL using Twitter and use the hashtag #MeLBizChat

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