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Build a Better Business

Virtual Series

Join the Ascension Parish Library for the Build a Better Business Virtual Series of small business workshops to be provided via Zoom. This series is made possible with a Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Grant through Grow with Google and the Public Library Association. This grant initiative has also made it possible for the Ascension Parish Library to create its new Business Resource Center website to help small businesses succeed. 


The purpose of this training series is to provide small businesses with decision-making tools to manage and grow their business. Most people focus mainly on the sales; however, sales are only a small part of building a healthy business.

Speaker Spotlight: Benita Benta Rice, Profit & Growth Consultant


Ms. Benta Rice has over 20 years’ corporate experience working with C-level executives in several roles – Asset Management, Management Analyst and Project Management roles. She also has master’s degrees in Strategic Management & Project Management. She has been a recipient of the coveted Cooperative Association of States Scholarships and has served as an AmeriCorps Vista and, currently volunteers at several organizations.

Benita Benta Rice is a Profit & Growth Expert whose focus is on building both people and business. Let us face it, neither can exist without the other. Without people there is no growth and without growth, you cannot add people. Instead of building a business you build a noose and the result is death by strangulation due to lack of people, processes, and property. In short, Ms. Benta Rice focuses on helping owners understand what is missing, assisting them in identifying & creating the much-needed strategy, then guiding them through the implementation of said strategies. Without change, there is no growth. Without growth everything dies.

Creating a Financial Scoreboard: Using Numbers to Build a Better Business

Session Two

Wednesday, September 16, 2020  at 6:30 PM


Are you tired of feeling like you are not getting ahead in your business? Are you frustrated because it seems as though you're making money, but you can't seem to keep any of it? Are you tired of not seeing any real growth? Does it seem as though you keep getting hit with one emergency or catastrophe after another? Are you thinking about giving up?  These two sessions will walk you through identifying the critical components of your financial statements and the elements of the financial statements that should be tracked.  You will be introduced to simple tools that you should be able to use to track where you're growing, where you are going, and expenses that should be reduced.  We will discuss questions every bookkeeper or accountant should be asking and information that you should be providing in order to apply better decision-making techniques to grow your business.  

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