Consulate, Library To Host Business Films

September 16, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General and the Adult Library are getting set to showcase another film as part of the Bermuda National Library’s regular Consulate Night at the Library series.

Coming to the Library at 6.00pm on Tuesday, September 23 will be a two-part series called “You’re the Boss: Starting and Running Your Own Business.”

Designed for anyone weighing the decision to launch a business, as well as those who want to push full-steam ahead, “You’re the Boss” provides inspiration and nuts-and-bolts guidance on building a thriving company. In the film, business experts and successful entrepreneurs shed light on a wide range of issues from branding and marketing to managing employees to long-range planning.

Mr. William Spriggs from the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation [BEDC] and U.S. Consul General Bob Settje will attend the screening and lead a discussion afterwards.

The first episode will focus on planning your business: research, goals, and business plans. It will offer insight into market exploration, determining a viable market niche, gauging the level of need for a product or service, learning about one’s customer base, deciding on the best business structure, and writing a business plan.

It challenges the viewer to assess his or her own ability to take risks, manage an organization, and compete with others.

The second episode will address managing your business, including prices, finances, and staffing. The film will explore a broad range of management topics, including obtaining proper insurance, determining the best market prices for goods and services, finding the right software and record-keeping systems, and hiring, training, motivating, and disciplining employees.

Consul General Settje said, “Small- and medium-sized businesses drive any economy by providing jobs. That is why these films are timely in Bermuda, focusing as they do on planning and managing a business.”

Consul General Settje also noted that anyone interested in borrowing the films or others in the series should contact the U.S. Consulate at blackac@state.gov. He also thanked Head Librarian Joanne Brangman for partnering with the Consulate to host these regular gatherings.

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