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Neighborhood College is a one-of-a-kind collaboration of workshops and hands-on learning experiences brought to you by multiple city departments. The intent of the program is to provide each participant with knowledge about the city's programs, services and resources; the tools to access those resources; and the skills and ideas with which to build positive, sustainable communities.

Everyone is welcome!  Regardless of whether you're a seasoned community leader or a new resident just looking to get to know your new home better, Neighborhood College is flexible enough to meet the needs of all Phoenix residents! We hope to see you at one of our many free workshops - and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Please note: Registration information is listed with each individual session.  For more information regarding the Neighborhood College Program, please contact us at 602-534-4444. 

MAY

Saturday, 5/6 from 9:30 a.m. SMART CONTROLLERS AND EFFICIENT WATERING:  A Landscape and Water Management Workshop focused on creating beautiful, water efficient landscape for your home or business. Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., To register, email PHXRenews@KeepPHXBeautiful.org

Saturday, 5/6 from 2–3 p.m. LANDSCAPE WATERING: Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. Desert Sage Library, 7602 W. Encanto Blvd. To register for a class, visit phoenix.gov/water or call 602-261-8367.

Saturday, 5/6 from 3:15–4:15 p.m. RAIN GARDENS: Learn how to design an earth-friendly yard using simple earthworks and low-water-use plants. . Desert Sage Library, 7602 W. Encanto Blvd. To register for a class, visit phoenix.gov/water or call 602-261-8367.

Thursday, 5/11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LAW BOOT CAMP:  A legal seminar by Beth Mulcahy, Esq. of Mulcahy Law Firm, on Board Member Roles and Responsibilities, How to Conduct Successful Annual and Board Meetings, Tips for Self-Managed Associations, and 2017 Community Association Legislation with a 30 min. FREE Q&A to answer all questions. Burton Barr Central Library, 1st Floor Auditorium. To register, call 602-534-4444.

Saturday, 5/13 from 8 – 10 a.m. PAINT SPRAYER TRAINING: Learn how to keep your neighborhood graffiti-free by using a paint sprayer (which you can use for free after completing the workshop), tour the warehouse and see other tools and supplies available to residents. NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St. To register, call 602-534-4444.

Saturday, 5/20 from 2–3 p.m. LANDSCAPE WATERING: Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. Century Library, 1750 E. Highland Ave. To register for a class, visit phoenix.gov/water or call 602-261-8367.

Saturday, 5/20 from 3:15–4:15 p.m. RAIN GARDENS: Learn how to design an earth-friendly yard using simple earthworks and low-water-use plants. Century Library, 1750 E. Highland Ave. To register for a class, visit phoenix.gov/water or call 602-261-8367.

Thursdays, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8 and 6/15 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. OWN IT: FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP SERIES: This four-week interactive financial education series will provide you with money management skills and tools that can help you own your financial future. Topics include: Saving for the future, developing a budget and spending plan, understanding and using credit wisely, managing a bank account and so much more. Travis Williams Family Service Center, 4732 S. Central Ave. To register for a class, call 602-534-4444.

JUNE

Tuesday, 6/6 from 6 – 8 p.m.  BELIEF WINDOW: We all have a "Belief Window" which is the framework each of us has for understanding and seeing our own world. What is written on our window defines who we are, how we act and what we may become. Our version of reality comes from our own beliefs, what others have taught us, previous experiences, cultural beliefs, and general observations. Learn how to identify your beliefs and change your principles to ensure your success. Desert West Community Center, 6501 W Virginia Ave. To register, call 602-534-4444.

Thursday, 6/15 from 6 - 8 p.m. CODE COMPLIANCE 101: Learn how to report blight, the code compliance process, and about our volunteer programs.  Join us in keeping our city neighborhoods clean and beautiful. . NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St. To register, call 602-534-4444.

Wednesday, 6/20 from 9 – 11 a.m. TALKING TRASH: Tour the city's Transfer Station and learn how waste materials are managed. Upon completion, you will be eligible to ride-along with a solid waste operator!  North Gateway Transfer Station, Conference Room/Tour, 30205 N. Black Canyon Hwy. To register for a class, call 602-534-4444.


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Business Road Map Program – a series of eight start-up workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs: 

MAY

Tuesday, 5/30 from 6 – 8 p.m.   WORKSHOP 1 | How to Start a Business in Arizona: The roadmap-style outline of this workshop provides the attendee insight into creating a business plan that is compatible with the initial framework required to start a new business venture. Foundational knowledge, essential for the new business owner to understand and consider when launching a business, is laid out in an easily understood format.

JUNE

Thursday, 6/1 from 6 – 8 p.m.   WORKSHOP 2 | The Legal Ins and Outs of Startups: As new business owners narrow down the focus of their "big idea", much of what assists this idea stage process is understanding the variety of legal entities available for small businesses to operate under. This workshop provides the breakdown of licensing, permitting, insurance and other necessary considerations for a successful enterprise.

Tuesday, 6/6 from 6 – 8 p.m.   WORKSHOP 3 | Understanding Your Target Market and Value Proposition: The ReferenceUSA database is one of the most valuable and resourceful tools offered by public libraries, and is accessible at no cost to Phoenix Public Library cardholders. This workshop demonstrates how ReferenceUSA can be utilized to broaden the awareness of a business's customer base by creating strategic marketing plans and understanding/defining the competition. An additional workshop will be provided on branding and how to use your brand to grow the value of your business.

Thursday, 6/8 from 6 – 8 p.m.   WORKSHOP 4 | Evaluating and Estimating Your Costs and Pricing Part 1: An introduction to examining how and why financial literacy is so important to starting and maintaining a successful business. The workshop reviews basic accounting methods, examines financial statements and illustrates the value of understanding the business's bottom line. 

Tuesday, 6/13 from 6 – 8 p.m.  WORKSHOP 5 | Evaluating and Estimating Your Costs and Pricing Part 2: Building on the concepts introduced in 'Evaluating and Estimating Your Costs and Pricing, Part 1', this workshop teaches the skills needed to create a 12-month cash flow, shows how to avoid financial mistakes, and identify methods to grow your business. 

Thursday, 6/15 from 6 – 8 p.m.   WORKSHOP 6 | Building Your Sales Projections and Setting Milestones: Participants will apply the skills learned in previous workshops to build the foundation for smart business forecasting. You will determine how to set milestones and begin to develop the visionary component of entrepreneurship and business growth. 

Tuesday, 6/20 from 6 – 8 p.m.   WORKSHOP 7 | Access to Capital: One of the most pressing concerns in every entrepreneur's mind is how to achieve quick access to a cash flow pipeline in order to launch their new venture. This workshop introduces common methods of raising the initial investment needed to pilot a new business including: bank loans, venture capital, angel investing and crowdfunding.

Thursday, 6/22 from 6 – 8 p.m.   WORKSHOP 8 | Launching Lean: Rather than focusing solely on a rapid startup, this workshop helps nail down the most accurate methods for cutting out the extra luxuries in order to launch a new, lean venture. The workshop also introduces how to apply an individual growth strategy that works for your business model.


For registration or more information on hive@central, visit  phoenixpubliclibrary.org/hive or call 602-262-4636. All hive@central classes are held at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.


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Is there a workshop you would like to see? Let us know! 

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​Neighborhood College is made possible through a partnership with the Phoenix Public Works Department.