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Library classes give business a boost

CARLSBAD — Are you among those getting ready for doing business in 2013? Carlsbad City Library will give you a head start with a series of free business workshops, all from 7 to 8 p.m., Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30 at the library’s Gowland Meeting Room, 1775 Dove Lane. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (760) 602-2012 or visit Jan. 29 workshop will be themed “Building Business on Facebook.” Learn how to establish a more personalized and interactive presence for you and your business on Facebook. The workshop will be led by Bridget Ayers, president of Get Smart Web Consulting, a web presence and digital strategy firm with offices in Carlsbad and Florida. With a background in business, finance and marketing,

On Feb. 26, the topic will be “Link Up on LinkedIn.” Learn how to build on established business connections and create new business building relationships by augmenting your in-person networking with a little online networking. This workshop will also be led by Bridget Ayers.

On March 26, consider “Steps to Starting a Business.” Are you getting ready to launch your business? Make sure you’re headed in the right direction with this workshop led by Joe Molina, director of The Business & Entrepreneurship Center at MiraCosta College. For more information about The Business & Entrepreneurship Center, visit

Finally, April 30, learn about “Doing Business in Carlsbad.” Meet city of Carlsbad Economic Development Manager Kathy Dodson, who will share information about doing business in Carlsbad and answer your questions. Dodson has more than 20 years of experience working for public and private sector organizations. She currently serves as the business community’s main point of contact with the city, helping to identify ways the city can help businesses prosper.