“Hub Library”

Public Libraries As Entrepreneurship Hubs

The Public Libraries in Harnett and Lee Counties are partnering with other community resources to help grow the local economy.


Target audience: rural entrepreneurs and business owners; entrepreneur and small business resource providers

Sector of focus: enterprises working both for profit and for the good of the community (the Fourth Sector), including:

  • for-profit businesses with a community mission
  • nonprofit organizations with earned income

Role of the Public Library

  • community information hub
  • business information hub, including market research and free access to numerous online resources (eg NC LIVE Business Portal)
  • informal gathering place, as well as a site for library programs, networking and community events

Project Phase I (Fall 2014) – Convene community leaders from both counties for a Regional Strategy Meeting, ‘Understanding and Supporting our Entrepreneurial Economy’. To spur discussion, the event will include: 1) a data presentation on the local economy, and 2) an introduction to fourth sector business and its potential for impact in rural communities.

Phase II (Winter 2014/15)  – Follow up with sessions to develop strategy and library programming in each county.

Project Partners

Patrick Fitzgerald, Harnett County Public Library
Susan Benning, Lee County Public Library
Dan Maynard, Business Librarian, Campbell University
Leslie Scott, Entrepreneurial Places, LLC
Dawn Trembath, NC Fourth Sector Resource Project

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This project is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Related Links

Rethinking the Public Library

Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators