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Online Event: Free Business Resources at the Library / Business Plan and Finances

Tuesday, November 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm • Organized By Center for Women Entrepreneurs
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Tue, November 3, 2020

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CST

Register here!

Welcome and introduction to the services offered by the Center for Women Entrepreneurs.

Small businesses benefit local communities in many ways; therefore, libraries have a vested interest in providing resources for their growth and sustenance. Check out your local library for meeting with SCORE mentors, logging into business databases, or attending networking events. Library cards are free to community residents.

Your local library has FREE resources to make your business more successful:

  • over 6,000 professionally-produced webinars on business, technology, and creative endeavors. Powered by, certificates of completion available. Examples of webinars include: “Start a Business Online” and “Quickbooks Essential Training.” (Universal Class is similar.)
  • Reference USA: Large database with over 59 million businesses and 313 million individual consumers, and their purchase patterns and buying habits. (AtoZ Databases: similar information as Ref USA.)
  • Gale Demographics Now: This database will give access to in-depth research on potential competitors and consumer expenditures, which will help create marketing plans and making key decisions.
  • Mergent Intellect: Executive profiles, annual reports, risk ratings, credit information- a treasure trove of accurate and updated financial information.
  • Learn the basic steps of small business start-up and resources available
  • Introduction to LivePlan business plan
  • Know your credit history and how to address any related credit problems to obtain funding

About Our Speakers:

Shannon Mantaro is an economic development professional with more than 20 years of senior management experience in planning and implementing strategic programs and initiatives. Prior to her position at TWU, she served as the executive director of Colgate University’s economic development arm in downtown Hamilton, NY. In her position, she worked collaboratively with various university and community stakeholders and provided leadership and oversight for Colgate’s limited liability companies with total net assets of over $19 million.

She has also served as a marketing and operations director for a private, non-profit economic development agency in upstate NY. In this position, she was the administrator of the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training through which she facilitated promotional and networking opportunities and developed monthly professional training programs for women business owners. She also founded “The Next Great Idea” business plan competition and “Connections”—an annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference and day-long training and networking opportunity for women business.

She holds a Master’s degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.


Kerry Montz has been a public librarian for 26 years, but the last 7 as the Business Outreach specialist for the Denton Public Library have probably been the most rewarding. She has partnered with local organizations such as, the TWU- Center for Women Entrepreneurs, the Chamber of Commerce, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and the Small Business Development Center, in order to bring the best resources and networking opportunities to the local business community. She loves connecting good people with good resources.

Anything I can do to help to navigate business-related library resources, please get in touch:


Tracy Irby has a passion for entrepreneurship. She was the first business advisor at the center for women entrepreneurs after working 6 years as a business advisor for the North Texas SBDC network. She has been a serial entrepreneur for 25-plus years and owned one of the first Sears Hometown Dealer Stores, a gym, a bounce house rental business, an online self-defense business, in addition to being a licensed insurance agent and property investor.

She has an MBA & BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is a recent graduate of the OU Economic Development Institute and holds an Economic Development Finance Certification from the National Development Council.




Free Business Resources at the Library / Business Plan and Finances

Is part of the TWU Center for Women Entrepreneurs Small Business Training Program. Each fall, in addition to awarding 10 women business owners with a $5,000 grant, the Center for Women Entrepreneurs hosts a series of evening workshops to lend support and guidance in running your new or existing business. These workshops are designed to give you useful information to help make your business more successful.


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