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Monday, March 16 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
When New Businesses Hatch at The Public Library

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As a public center for learning, research and discovery, how can we advance and find new purposes and missions for the public library?

The San Antonio Public library embarked on a new initiative to create Cafe Commerce – a 10,000 square foot resource and learning center focused making entrepreneurship easier, and to strengthen the support infrastructure for small business owners. In collaboration Accion Texas, the nation's largest microlender, Cafe Commerce was created and launch in June 2014.

Licensing content and programming from The Kaufman Foundation, as well as creating its own events and tapping into local mentors, Cafe Commerce became a center for new business creation and inspiration.

In this fireside chat, Alan Weinkrantz will interview Cafe Commerce President, Peter L. French, on lessons learned, best practices, and how other libraries can create similar resource centers focused on startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems in their community.


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Peter French

President, Cafe Commerce/San Antonio
Peter L. French is an entrepreneur, strategist, community builder, husband, father, and photographer based in San Antonio, Texas. President of Cáfe Commerce SA, a one-stop resource center for San Antonio's growing community of entrepreneurs & small businesses. Organizer of 1 Million Cups San Antonio. Every Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM we invite 2 entrepreneurs to share their story and connect with their community over coffee and... Read More →
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Alan Weinkrantz

President, Alan Weinkrantz And Company
Alan Weinkrantz is a technology media relations consultant and journalist. For the last 30 + years, Weinkrantz worked with emerging technology companies to help promote the beginnings of the personal computer revolution, the idea of sending and receiving data through a cell phone network, connecting computers through networking, one of the first Internet cafes in the world, the rise of computer security, the commercialization of VoIP, the... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin, Chamber Offices 500 E 4th St., Austin, TX

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