2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

When New Businesses Hatch at the Public Library

Monday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Austin Chamber Offices
500 E 4th St

As a public center for learning, research and discovery, how can we advance and find new purposes and missions for the public library?

The San Antonio Public library embarked on a new initiative to create Cafe Commerce – a 10,000 square foot resource and learning center focused making entrepreneurship easier, and to strengthen the support infrastructure for small business owners. In collaboration Accion Texas, the nation's largest microlender, Cafe Commerce was created and launch in June 2014.

Licensing content and programming from The Kaufman Foundation, as well as creating its own events and tapping into local mentors, Cafe Commerce became a center for new business creation and inspiration.

In this fireside chat, Alan Weinkrantz will interview Cafe Commerce President, Peter L. French, on lessons learned, best practices, and how other libraries can create similar resource centers focused on startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems in their community.


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Alan Weinkrantz


Alan Weinkrantz And Company

Alan Weinkrantz is a technology media relations consultant and journalist. For the last 30 + years, Weinkrantz worked with emerging technology companies to help promote the beginnings of the pers...

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Peter French


Cafe Commerce/San Antonio

Peter L. French is an entrepreneur, strategist, community builder, husband, father, and photographer based in San Antonio, Texas.

President of Cáfe Commerce SA, a one-stop resource center for San ...

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