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October 2014

I recently had the opportunity to travel to a rural district of Uganda where my friend Nick Smith founded and now operates the Buseesa Community Development Center (BCDC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to community development through microcredit loans. As president of BCDC, Nick has been helping Ugandans improve their lives since 2009. In the agricultural district of Kibaale, the average annual income is $300, making a seemingly small loan of $90 go a long way.

Businesses at every stage – from ideation to launch to scale – can benefit from the resources at the public library and the expertise of librarians. Libraries give companies access to data, market research, testing and opportunities to scale. Librarians also have an extensive knowledge base to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

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