Adams County community members can hone their personal and professional skillsets this September at the library. Own It is an opportunity for individuals to gain confidence in their financial lives …
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Adams County community members can hone their personal and professional skillsets this September at the library.
Own It is an opportunity for individuals to gain confidence in their financial lives with expert-led programs and experiences at all seven Anythink locations.
Despite having the world’s largest economy, the Standard & Poor’s Global Financial Literacy Survey finds that only 57 percent of American adults are considered financially literate. Whether it’s through understanding the credit system, exploring ways of communicating finances with family, or turning side projects into sources of income, Own It programs are designed to empower community members and prepare them for greater financial success.
“As part of Anythink’s current strategic plan, the library is focused on people development and economic development,” Stacie Ledden, Anythink director of innovations and brand strategy, said in a news release. “Own It is designed to help people feel prosperous and creative, and we do that through providing exceptional programs and mentorship from partners and staff.”
In addition to regular programming, Anythink also offers a number of services and resources designed to enrich job seekers and small business owners. This includes LearningExpress Library, which offers test preparation for professional licensing and certification exams, as well as Small Business Builder, offering a step-by-step plan for starting a new business.
Own It is the third in a series of three districtwide celebrations in 2019. Combined as Dig It | Pop It | Own It, the programming initiative has provided opportunities throughout the year for the community to discover their passions.
Own It Programs
For a complete list, visit anythinklibraries.org
Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m., Anythink Bennett
Monday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., The Studio at Anythink Wright Farms
Monday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m., Anythink Brighton
Turn your passion into a business. Join Etsy expert Lynsey Morgan for a how-to guide and behind-the-scenes look at this online selling platform. In addition to owning the popular Etsy shops Enfuse Jewelry and Sounds of Silver, Morgan was a member of Etsy’s Seller Advisory Board. Space is limited; registration is required.
The Credit System Explained
Monday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., Anythink Huron Street
Is your credit score leaving you confused? Credit is complicated. Experts from mPowered will guide you through an in-depth explanation of the credit system and what it takes to build, maintain and improve your credit score. Space is limited; registration required.
Exploring Money Beliefs
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Anythink Huron Street
Explore the personal and cultural beliefs that shape how you think about money with mPowered. Learn how to reflect on your beliefs while setting goals that are in line with your personal values. Learn what influences your financial decision-making and how to discuss money and finances with your children and other loved ones.
Don’t Get Scammed
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m., Anythink Brighton
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m., Anythink Commerce City
Scammers don’t discriminate - everyone is at risk of falling victim to fraud. Learn to identify the different types of scams, and how to avoid and report them. Join mPowered to discover the best practices and resources for dealing with the aftermath of a scam. Space is limited; registration required.
Marketing Essentials with Colorado SBDC
Tuesday, Sept. 17, noon, Anythink Brighton
No matter what stage your business is in, you need a great marketing plan. Join Jesse Esparza of the Colorado Small Business Development Center to learn how to identify your market niche, develop a marketing strategy and determine a marketing budget. Space is limited; registration required.
Thriving with a Creative Career
Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Anythink Perl Mack
The stereotype of the “starving artist” is a powerful caution against pursuing creative passions, but it’s also wildly outdated. More than ever, creative Coloradans have found ways to make a living with their artistic talents. Join a panel of local artists who have forged creative careers in surprising and novel ways, and learn how you can explore a similar path.
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