For years I have explored the James J. Hill Center, or library as it was called previously. Always felt at home and while it used to be an uneventful place used often for wedding events on weekends, they have developed many useful programs to help anyone start or grow there business. 1 Million Cups, a nationwide program from the Kaufmann Foundation is excellent. Someone asked me yesterday, "what is the point, now that we have the internet?". Well with over 25 databases, unavailable to individuals otherwise, you will find better information, more quickly. The librarians will help you answer any query. Don't have a computer? You can use one of theirs, and it's all free access to the public. Best kept secret in Saint Paul.
The James J. Hill Center is a treasure of downtown St. Paul. The facility features beautiful architecture, one of the reasons it makes a gorgeous wedding venue, and overlooks Rice Park. The staff serving the James J. Hill Reference Library has always been accommodating to both me and my business' needs. They offer help to entrepreneurial minded individuals with their plethora of business research materials while allowing anyone to use the calm and serene, "Great Reading Room," as a study. "The Hill," as it's affectionately referred to, also hosts workshops and seminars catered to businesses that are often free of charge. If you haven't checked out, "The Hill," do yourself a favor and plan a visit.
As an entrepreneur I've found the James J. Hill Center to be a great resource of knowledge! They have wonderful events - including 1 Million Cups which features local entrepreneurs in an open forum setting. Great resources, very helpful staff - if you own a small-mid size business I highly suggest you check them out!
The James J. Hill Center is absolutely immaculate and full of resources for the general public and business owners alike. I have gone several times to their new networking event 1 Million Cups and have connected with potential clients and networking partners already. I have also worked with them on giving presentations to the general public on small business owner topics like SEO and Online Marketing. Their selection of books is also amazing and the building is breath taking. I highly recommend them if you are looking to use resources to grow your business or perhaps looking for a book!