AADL Talks To Heritage Business Owner David Vogel of Vogel's Lock & Safe

Four generations of Vogels have been giving Ann Arbor what they want and need since 1913, changing the business with the tastes and tempo of life in the town. We talked to David Vogel, the 3rd generation of Vogel's Lock & Safe, who retired and handed over the business to the 4th generation, Rob and Denise Vogel, some years back. Dave has done a lot of research on the family's coming to Ann Arbor area over a hundred years ago and has collected a trove of documents, photos and family stories and shares them with us in this podcast.

The Vogel's began fixing, building and re-building "anything and everything mechanical" that farmers and businesses brought to the shop. Dave gave us a tour of the building's back rooms that house some of the equipment used back then and we've put a selection of those images up with the podcast. The business eventually changed to safes and locks and Dave talks about the "dividing line" in the 1960s, when the townspeople and students at the University of Michigan began asking for locks and deadbolts instead of sporting goods and bicycles. Dave has some interesting stories to tell about raids with the FBI and opening safes with the U.S. military.

The family is one of the older Ann Arbor "townies" and Dave keeps up with the other families that built the businesses, homes and neighborhood that define Ann Arbor. Dave talks about hunting where Pioneer High School now sits, living through World War II in Ann Arbor and the way local heritage businesses still depend on each other for support and growth.

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Finding Grant Funding For Community Non-Profits

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

*Registration required: Register Now

Looking to up your grant-seeking skills for your community non-profit organization? Help your non-profit by attending this hands-on workshop!

Discover the online resources that can assist you in getting operating and programmatic grants for your non-profit. Additionally, there will be discussion about matching sponsor and nonprofit priorities and resources to help with proposal writing.

Karen Downing, the Foundations and Grants Librarian at the University of Michigan, and French Studies librarian, Jennifer Bonnet will discuss various web-based funding databases currently available, illustrate search strategies and give you time to look for funding for your own organization.

Registration is required for this session. Register online at aadl.org, in person at any location or by calling 327-4555.

Etsy Class!

EtsyEtsy Join us for an Etsy class next Tuesday, June 14th from 7 to 9 pm at the Malletts Creek branch. Learn about the online marketplace from a local Ann Arbor artisan, photographer, and business owner, Kate Kehoe. Kate owns Chicalookate, and has been in business on Etsy for over 5 years. Check out the book, Craft, Inc, to learn more about making your hobby your business.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For a complete class schedule, click here.

Morningstar: How Are Your Investments Performing?

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Thursday April 28, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Computer Training Center

Take some time now that tax season is out of the way to learn how to use the Morningstar investment research database. It will help you track, analyze and make intelligent decisions about your investments.

One of the most trusted names in the investment industry, Barron's and Forbes
rank Morningstar among the top investing sites.

Take advantage of this premier database that the Library offers because now, more than ever, it pays to have solid, unbiased information to make investment decisions.

Financial Times

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What will 2011 bring in politics, business, and finance? Will it bring inflation or deflation? A combination of each? And how will this impact the U.S. economy? With the stock market dominated by HFT, how can the retail investor navigate the current conditions? Many governments are prescribing fiscal austerity to address serious budget deficits. How will austerity impact economic recovery? What's the cause in the recent surge in the price of commodities and what does it mean for the cost of goods and services here in the U.S. as well as globally?

The Financial Times newspaper can help sift through these issues and others by providing commentary and analysis in international news, business, finance and economics. Based in London, it publishes several international editions. The U.S. edition is published Monday through Saturday and is now available at the Downtown location on the second floor. It's easy to spot since it's printed on salmon-hued newsprint.

Other titles available at AADL that cover international, business, and investment news include: Barron's, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, Investor's Business Daily, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

For more business and investment magazine titles, click here for print titles, and here for online magazine databases.

Click here for online business databases, and here for Value Line and Morningstar investment databases.

(Note that in order to access the online databases from outside the library, you will need an aadl.org username and password.)

The Art of Couture in Ann Arbor

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Enter the sophisticated world of couture when Rebecca Lambers, “Couturiére,” Fashion Designer and Exclusive Dressmaker visits the Downtown Library at 7:00 p.m. on September 29th.

One of Ann Arbor’s unique treasures, Ms. Lambers’ is an exclusive dressmaker and fashion designer, who specializes in creating unique custom clothing for women. She was showcased at the Detroit Institute of Arts in conjunction with fashion photographer Richard Avedon and was profiled in the May 2010 edition of Hour Detroit Magazine. Current Magazine calls her 'the fanciest stitcher between Chicago and New York.'

Rebecca will talk about her life in art – showing images, garments and presenting a few live models to illustrate her process of connecting with the ideas of each client and highlight the value of useful, tangible, beautifully made objects.

UCSB Professor Discusses His New Book, 'The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business'

nelsonnelsonWal-Mart is the world's largest company and it sets the standard, both socially and commercially, for a huge swath of the global economy. On Wednesday, September 8, at the Downtown Library, UCSB History Professor Nelson Lichtenstein will discuss the company's national and international influence.


New Arrivals for Career Assistance

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Top 300 Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Every Field is a great guidebook for career changers, job seekers, students and employers. Culling information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook by the U.S. Department of Labor, this book gives an overview of employment projections through 2018, reviews major trends, has explanations of job descriptions and a job-match grid that helps in choosing a career. A fine resource to find out about jobs in every field.

Expert Resumes for Career Changers has over 100 resumes created by professional resume writers for careers in health care, technology, business management, sales, marketing, recreation, sports, education, performing arts, government and law enforcement. Packed with excellent examples and advice, it is an outstanding tool for revamping your resume or creating a totally new one.

Whether you are job hunting or preparing a presentation for work, Successful Presentation Skills is a book you will find very useful. Learn how to present your case with advice on structuring a presentation, choosing the right words and phrases, knowing your audience, understanding body language and gaining the confidence to bring your message home.

Small Business Loans

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A major problem facing small business owners today is the difficulty in arranging credit and bank loans to finance ongoing operations. Many financial institutions have been reluctant to lend money at a reasonable rate, if at all.

One retailer, Sam's Club, realizing this situation was impacting their business customer's ability to buy at their stores, has gotten creative. About half of the store's members are small business owners and they account for more than half the revenue at the retailer. As a result of surveying their customer's needs, they will soon start marketing S.B.A. loans of $5,000 to $25,000 for members nationwide. The company that is managing the loans is giving Sam's members a $100 discount on the application fee, and lower interest rates, because of how much business it expects through the arrangement. You can learn about how it works at Sam's Club S.B.A. Program.

The Ann Arbor District Library has many resources designed to help small business owners.

To find potential new business use Reference USA to get detailed information on over 15 million businesses including company size and sales information, stock information, and management biographies. To discover new ways of doing business and up-to-date management techniques use General Business File to find millions of articles on business and finance for analyzing company performance, industry events, and the latest in management, economics, and politics.

Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, Deduct It!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes, The 7 Irrefutable Rules Of Small Business Growth and The Small Business Start-up Kit are just a small sample of the many books we have devoted to helping the small business owner.

The 100 Most Creative

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The feature story in the June issue of Fast Company is The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010. You may know James Cameron, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Jamie Oliver and Elizabeth Warren, who are on the list, but do you know Ping Fu, Dele Olojede, Igor Puseniak, Kr Sridhar, Beth Simone Noveck and Majora Carter?

It's helpful to know that the editorial team tasked with compiling the list couldn't include anyone who was on last year's list or who's been featured in the magazine before. Therefore, you won't see Steve Jobs, John Legend, Mark Zuckerberg and many others who might normally qualify for such a list. Nevertheless, the editorial team feels that their choices still "reflect the breadth of new ideas and new pursuits at play in our business landscape."

Take a look and see who else is on the list. There are 90 more to learn about...

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