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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Come to a small business workshop this spring with Oswegrow!

Whether you’re an established business owner, or thinking about embarking on a new business idea, there’s something for you at an Oswegrow workshop this spring.  

Oswegrow offers technical assistance to entrepreneurs at all levels. By attending a free workshop, you’ll get expert advice on a variety of topics, from branding and marketing to business plans and funding. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect to other resources available to you as an Oswego entrepreneur, including market research and one-on-one mentorship with business professionals who have been in your shoes.

Join us for one of the following workshops this spring. All workshops will be held at the Oswego Public Library District’s downtown Oswego campus, 32 W. Jefferson Street:

Are You Getting a Return on Investment on Your Brand?

Learn to build or rebuild your brand. From launching new products to positioning, advertising and promoting existing offerings, you’ll learn how all the pieces fit together to build a cohesive brand that appeals to customers and helps strengthen your bottom line. This workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21.

Choosing a Business Opportunity That’s Right for You

There’s a dizzying array of options for would-be entrepreneurs considering going into business for themselves.  Before taking the plunge, learn a little more about different business structures and formats, including brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce platforms, franchises, affiliate marketing, and multi-level marketing. Harriet Parker from the Illinois Small Business Development Center will unravel the options and help you discover which kinds of business opportunities might be right for you. This workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.

Perfect Your Pitch

Prepare yourself to present a stellar elevator pitch by gaining confidence in your presentation skills and conquering your content. We’ll cover tips and tricks for impactful interactions and how to cultivate the most crucial components to translate your passion into a pitch. Learn to keep it short and sweet, but still make it you. Presented by Cori Veverka of the Oswegoland Park District, this workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 18.

Visual Communication: A picture is worth a thousand words — almost.

Is your digital marketing click-less? Is your print outreach falling flat? Learn how to up the visual ante of your marketing efforts. Learn to budget your marketing dollars, capture your audience’s attention, and conquer digital and print communications for 2019. This workshop will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

Oswegrow is a partnership between the Oswego Public Library District, the Village of Oswego, and Fox Valley SCORE that provides opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn and grow their businesses in Oswego.

 

For more information, contact business librarian Drea Flores at 630-978-1024, or dflores@oswego.lib.il.us.


Community Recycling Day

Recycle electronics, Styrofoam and more at Oswego Community Recycling Day on April 13

 

OSWEGO, ILL. – Do you have electronics, Styrofoam, prescription drugs, or other tricky-to-recycle items stockpiled in your house? Celebrate your dedication to the environment by recycling them with the Village of Oswego, for Oswego Community Recycling Day on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at Public Works (100 Theodore Drive, Oswego, IL).  Phone:  630-554-3242.

 

Recycling Options

Spring clean your garage, basement, and even your junk drawer and give new life to the things cluttering your home. The Village of Oswego has coordinated with partners throughout the community, including Groot, Fox Metro, the Lions Club and Oswego Presbyterian, to accept the following items for reuse, repurposing, recycling, or safe disposal:

  • Electronics including TVs for no charge, monitors, printers, computers, keyboards & mice, fax machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers and digital video disc recorders. 
  • Prescription drugs, (excluding EpiPens)
  • Eye glasses
  • Keys
  • Cell phones
  • Hearing aids
  • Ink cartridges
  • Christmas lights
  • Extension cords
  • Styrofoam (polystyrene #6)

 

Electronics recycling is open to Oswego residents only. You must present identification that proves your Oswego address, such as a current drivers license, to drop off electronics at this event.

 

For Styrofoam collection, please bag your Styrofoam into two separate bags, one for foam cups and food service containers, and second bag for packaging foam. Please rinse food containers and remove labels, tape and other packaging materials from your packaging foam. Styrofoam must be #6 type to be collected.

 

Pick Up Your Rain Barrels

The Village of Oswego, in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, is also selling rain barrels at about half their retail price for Village residents, which can be picked up at the Community Recycling Day event.

 

Rain barrels are large containers that capture storm water from your roof that would otherwise be lost as runoff. The water can be used to water gardens and lawns, saving precious water supplies and reducing your water bill. Free of minerals, rain water is often better for outdoor plants than tap water.

 

Rain barrels are available for $55 to $60 depending on color. To pick up your rain barrel for free at the Community Recycling Day event, order by Friday, April 5, directly from Upcycle Products at http://www.upcycle-products.com/oswegoil.html. Residents may also have barrels delivered to their homes any time for an additional $5.

 

Go fly a kite!

The Oswegoland Park District will also be celebrating Earth Day – and National Kite Month! – with an Earth Day Kite Fly on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie Point Community Park. After dropping off your recyclables, head over to Prairie Point. Bring your own kite or kick back and watch the pros at this free event. Details are at https://www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org/event/earth-day-kite-fly/.

 

More information

Community Recycling Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, April 13, at the Oswego Public Works facility, 100 Theodore Drive, Oswego. Enter from Plank Drive and be prepared to show ID, then follow volunteers’ instructions to drop-off and pick-up stations.

 

Volunteers are needed. For more information about this event, including volunteering, or other opportunities to get involved with sustainability in Oswego, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Julie Hoffman at 630-551-2344.


Recycle electronics and more at Community Recycling Day

Do you have electronics, Styrofoam, prescription drugs, or other tricky-to-recycle items stockpiled in your house? Celebrate your dedication to the environment by recycling them with the Village of Oswego, for Oswego Community Recycling Day on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.  

 

Recycling Options

Spring clean your garage, basement, and even your junk drawer and give new life to the things cluttering your home. The Village of Oswego has coordinated with partners throughout the community, including Groot, Fox Metro, the Lions Club and Oswego Presbyterian, to accept the following items for reuse, repurposing, recycling, or safe disposal:

  • Electronics - including televisions at no additional charge, monitors, printers, computers, keyboards & mice, fax machines, videocassette recorders, portable music players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers and digital video disc recorders 
  • Prescription drugs, excluding EpiPens
  • Eye glasses
  • Keys
  • Cell phones
  • Hearing aids
  • Ink cartridges
  • Christmas lights
  • Extension cords
  • Styrofoam (polystyrene #6)

 

Electronics recycling is open to Oswego residents only. You must present identification that proves your Oswego address, such as a current driver’s license, to drop off electronics at this event.

 

For Styrofoam collection, please bag your Styrofoam into two separate bags, one for foam cups and food service containers, and second bag for packaging foam. Please rinse food containers and remove labels, tape and other packaging materials from your packaging foam. Styrofoam must be #6 type to be collected. Check the imprint on the container.

 

Pick Up Your Rain Barrels

The Village of Oswego, in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, is also selling rain barrels at about half their retail price for Village residents, which can be picked up at the Community Recycling Day event.

 

Rain barrels are large containers that capture storm water from your roof that would otherwise be lost as runoff. The water can be used to water gardens and lawns, saving precious water supplies and reducing your water bill. Free of minerals, rain water is often better for outdoor plants than tap water.

Rain barrels are available for $55 to $60 depending on color. To pick up your rain barrel for free at the Community Recycling Day event, order by Friday, April 5, directly from Upcycle Products at www.upcycle-products.com/oswegoil.html. Residents may also have barrels delivered to their homes any time for an additional $5.

 

Go fly a kite!

The Oswegoland Park District will also be celebrating Earth Day – and National Kite Month! – with an Earth Day Kite Fly on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie Point Community Park. After dropping off your recyclables, head over to Prairie Point. Bring your own kite or kick back and watch the pros at this free event. Details are at www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org/event/earth-day-kite-fly/.

 

More information

Community Recycling Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, April 13, at the Oswego Public Works facility, 100 Theodore Drive, Oswego. Enter from Plank Drive and be prepared to show ID, then follow volunteers’ instructions to drop-off and pick-up stations.

Volunteers are needed. For more information about this event, including volunteering, or other opportunities to get involved with sustainability in Oswego, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Julie Hoffman at 630-551-2344 or jhoffman@oswegoil.org.


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