Welcome. If you are here, you probably own or manage a small business or are thinking about starting one. You undoubtedly have lots of questions about what to do and when to do it. The Johnson County Public Library can help.

We have partnered with the Johnson County Development Corporation, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Greenwood Chamber, Discover Downtown Franklin and the City of Franklin to provide you helpful hints on owning and managing an entrepreneurial project. Each partner has lots of resources - most of them free - to help you become successful.

We have put our initial Bright Ideas for Business blog posts into a convenient eBook. Keep it as a resource or share it with colleagues and friends.

This eBook was compiled by the Johnson County Public Library staff as another service to help you grow your business.

Click here or on the book cover on the right to download your free eBook.

Keep checking back for new blogs that help your business.

The Prescription for Injecting Personality into Your Blog

Posted by: eff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Monday, October 17, 2016

My doctor is a great doctor. Saves lives. Heals people. Smart. Vastly experienced. Innately concerned...

5 Common Elements of a Winning Game Plan

Posted by: eff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Take a close look at those NFL coaches on a Sunday afternoon.See that clipboard they are carrying? Ever...

Does Your Tagline Percolate With Customers?

Posted by: on [[date]] Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What better place to spend a family vacation than “The Happiest Place on Earth”?What better way to enjoy...

How to Conduct a Purposeful Meeting

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Friday, January 22, 2016

All in favor of canceling today's meeting, signify by saying: "Aye!"Wasteful meetings happen more than...

What To Do When Told "No Thank You"

Posted by: on [[date]] Friday, December 4, 2015

Be honest. Admit it.Being told "No thanks" by a prospective client or customer is hard. The rejection...

Get Your Paperwork In Order Before Starting Your Business

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, September 2, 2015

You have a great idea hatched while sitting on your deck and enjoying your favorite adult beverage. You...

Where To Follow The Business Of Politics In Johnson County

Posted by: Monica Harvey, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Forget Trump's testy tweets, Hillary's emails hosted in a closet and that 14-year-old candidate Deez...

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Get Sued By Employees

Posted by: Monica Harvey, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Thursday, August 20, 2015

When asked how a small business can avoid getting sued, attorney Mitzi Martin of Franklin says: "You'd...

Type Of Website Depends On Your Tech Skill, Need, Budget

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Friday, August 14, 2015

Yes, you can have your best friend’s cousin’s brother build your business website.In fact, your sister-in-law’s...

Where To Meet A Client in Johnson County

Posted by: eff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Space - the final frontier of closing the deal for entrepreneurs.GoTo Meeting allows us to virtually...

Office Space at Home is Deductible, Dog Beds are Not

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dear IRS: I work from home, and my dogs like to hang out in my office. I recently bought a new (and rather...

Do A Midyear Checkup On Your Small Business

Posted by: Mike Crumbo for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Can you believe it? We are half way through the year! What a great time to look at that business plan...

5 Marketing Mistakes When Starting Your Business

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Thursday, July 16, 2015

You set up shop, thanks to help from a bank. You hang a sign that announces you are open for business....

Connect Culturally In The Small World Of Business

Posted by: Monica Harvey, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's a small world when doing business in Johnson County. Many companies such as NSK, Endress + Hauser,...

Be A Big Show Off In Your Store

Posted by: Jennifer Baltz, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, June 24, 2015

If you want to be successful in the world of retail, you have to stand out.Competition for sales with...

Tips For Working From Home Sweet Home

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Thursday, June 18, 2015

There's no place like home - even in business.There are advantages of working in a home office - such...

Get Your Business Connected Through Social Media

Posted by: Monica Harvey, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Thursday, June 11, 2015

News travels fast and everybody wants to know what hot topics are trending right now. Many people turn...

Mind Your Manners When Mixing Food, Business

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Thursday, June 4, 2015

When heading out for a morning client meeting, I jokingly tell my wife: “I am going to my southern branch...

Smart Apps For Your Smart Phone

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, JCPL Virtual Branch Manager on [[date]] Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The mobile device explosion - smartphones and tablets, Apple and Android - promises to be as profound...

Mac or PC? Depends On Your Needs

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, JCPL Virtual Branch Manager on [[date]] Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beatles vs. Stones. Coke vs. Pepsi. Cubs vs. Cardinals.Throughout recent history there have been many...

You Can't Pick Apples From Behind Your Desk

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Friday, May 15, 2015

Imagine if Johnny Appleseed tried to do his magic while sitting behind a desk all day.You cannot succeed...

Idea, Initiative, Business Plan...and Money

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Thursday, May 14, 2015

You gotta have heart.But to start and sustain a small business, you gotta have cash, too.Entrepreneurs...

Don't Let a Hot Lead Grow Cold

Posted by: Britney Clapp for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As a small business owner, your priorities are to grow your company and to increase your profit all within...

How to Run (And Participate In) Virtual Meetings

Posted by: Michael Reynolds, President and CEO, SpinWeb on [[date]] Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today's Bright Ideas for Business blog is provided to us by Michael Reynolds, President and CEO of SpinWeb,...

Here Are Your First Entrepreneurial Swimming Lessons

Posted by: Jeff Owen for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Monday, April 6, 2015

Are you standing at the edge of the entrepreneurial pool and wanting to dive in?The waters of starting...

LLC or LLP - Which One When Starting Your Business?

Posted by: Britney Clapp for the Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Saturday, April 4, 2015

You have your million-dollar business idea, and you’re ready to take the leap into the world of entrepreneurship.You’ve...


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