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Tutor profile: Jennifer P.

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Jennifer P.
Licensed librarian with experience providing research assistance in academic and public settings
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Subject: Microsoft Suite

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I need to create a flyer for my my research group's practice presentation. I've had trouble deciding which Microsoft Office application would be more effective. Would we be better off I chose Publisher or Word?

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Jennifer P.
Answer:

You can create flyers using Publisher or Word. Publisher, however is dedicated to the creation of promotional documents like flyers, posters, postcards, etc., so it will have pre-designed templates that you can customize for your item. You can also create a flyer from scratch in Publisher using the blank page templates that come in a variety of sizes and layouts. If you are more comfortable moving around in Word, however, and you are not required to use Publisher, you can effectively design and create a flyer using Word's drawing tools, which will allow you to insert photos, clip art, word art, text boxes, and even tables.

Subject: Microsoft Excel

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I just downloaded a very large data set from the Census.gov website. It would help if I could see the column headers as I'm scrolling so that I don't have to scroll back to the top of the page each time to remember what data is contained in each column. Is there a way to make this easier?

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Jennifer P.
Answer:

Fortunately, there is a way to make scrolling/reading down the spreadsheet more convenient. Highlight the header row at the top of your sheet and then click the "view" tab at the top of the page, then select the "freeze panes" option, and lastly select "freeze top row".

Subject: Entrepreneurship

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I need help writing a business plan and want to look into grant funding for start-ups. Can you tell me where I can find sample business plan templates and a listing of organizations that award grants to small businesses?

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Jennifer P.
Answer:

I will be glad to assist! For business plan templates, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) website is a great place to start. SBA's site will have examples of both the one-page and complex varieties of business plans. Each will outline elements like mission statement, market information, product information, etc. One-page business plans are growing in use and may be a good option when just starting out. In a search engine of your choice, type in the keyword phrase "SBA business plan template" to start your search or visit https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/plan-your-business/write-your-business-plan. As for start-up funding, grants are typically reserved for nonprofit organizations and, even in that case, are rarely awarded for start-up costs. The SBA does award select grants to businesses to encourage development in research or technology, but eligibility requirements are very specific. For start-up funding, loans are a typical option, but depending on the type of business you wish to start, a loan might not be necessary if, for instance the business is home-based and has very low overhead. There are also other options for financing such as microlending, that may offer more flexibility in terms. For more information about funding types, you can read this guide from the SCORE Association (a program supported by the SBA): https://www.score.org/resource/wheres-money-10-types-small-business-financing-and-how-qualify. I hope this information is helpful!

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