Much of the following material was taken directly from the website of the James J. Hill Center. It is physically located in a wing of the St. Paul Latimer Central Library.
“James J. Hill was perhaps the richest Minnesotan ever. The railroad baron and financier known as the Empire Builder may have been worth more than $6 billion in today’s dollars when he died about a century ago.”
“He founded a grand namesake library in St. Paul to help other entrepreneurs succeed. Now, the library’s leaders are adjusting its mission and purpose for the internet age.”
“The Hill Center is also doing something even less likely for a library — investing in businesses. The center helped found and is a large initial investor in a new fund, Hill Capital Corp.”
“Hill Capital is focused on small business development in the region. The same types of business development and job creation for the area in a way that Hill did 150 years ago,” said Barry Gisser, vice chair of the Hill Center board.”
The second research gem in St. Paul, MN
The James J. Hill Center, formerly called the James J. Hill Reference Library is the second gem that St. Paul, MN has. The emphasis has always been on furthering the local business economy. The renaming is just the latest evidence of the center doing more than just keeping up with the times.
If you are doing business research or thinking about a start-up, the J. J. Hill Center is the place to go. If you do not live within driving distance of the Twin City area, well, you have my sympathy.
Look around your own area, search for an equivalent institution close by. Try the local colleges and universities. In Minnesota many counties have great library systems. Or come to St. Paul.
J. J. Hill Center Business programs
Weekly Startup Pitches – 1 Million Cups St. Paul provides pitch practice and feedback for early stage startups.
- 6 minute pitches
- 20 minutes of feedback and comments from business experts and entrepreneurs
- Opportunity to be showcased in the Pioneer Press and on WCCO Radio
- Plenty of coffee and networking
Free Weekly Business Workshop – The Business at The Hill speaker series covers a variety of topics to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses no matter where they are in the life cycle of their venture.
- Business Finance
- Public Relations
- Social Media Strategy
- Employee Retention
And much more. Apply now to become a speaker.
Business Funding Video Series – Don’t know where to go for funding, when to seek it or what you give up? Check out these series of videos with local
- Venture Capitalists
- Angel Investors
Minnesota’s Startup List – This list of Minnesota Startups are 1 Million Cups St. Paul alumni. 1 Million Cups St. Paul is a weekly event to highlight Minnesota’s vibrant startup community and provide an opportunity for founders to pitch to a friendly yet challenging audience. Join us each Wednesday, 9 AM- 10AM. Sign up to present or attend at www.1MillionCups.com/StPaul .
Join the Legacy
The James J. Hill Center has been serving our community for almost 100 years by being a critical resource for new and existing businesses, providing space for people to gather and as an iconic historic landmark in downtown St. Paul.
J. J. Hill Center Research Guides with links
Guide to Building Company Lists – How to use the Gale DemographicsNow database to build lists of companies for sales and marketing purposes or to search for potential jobs.
Guide to Demographic and Market Research – How to use the Gale DemographicsNow database, perform demographic research.
Guide to Business Planning Resources – When writing your business plan, consult this list of resources.
Guide to Researching an Industry – How to use IBISWorld, FINTEL Industry Metrics, and EBSCO databases to research specific industries.
Guide to Researching a Company – This guide highlights some of the more frequently used sources for company research at the Hill Center. For further information and other sources, call our reference line at 651-265-5500, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guide to the Job Search Strategy – This guide highlights some of the more frequently used sources for job searches at the Hill Center. For further information and other sources, call our reference line at 651-265-5500, or email us at email@example.com.
I think that you will agree that the Twin City area is very lucky to have this fine institution here.
The mix of programs with research librarians and research materials is a wonderful resource for this business community. Besides, it’s open to the public.
The next post will take you back to the internet. We really didn’t leave it, we just went to a different computer location. Just don’t forget what a smart friend you have at your local library.
We will look at search engines. No, not just Google, Bing and Yahoo, but some of the more specialized search engines and directories.