The Library: Next Best Thing to an MBA

Across the country, public libraries are giving would-be entrepreneurs a helping hand with resources and expert guidance

Five year ago, Farid Ali was a Web designer for a Manhattan law firm when a friend, George Constantinou, suggested they open a restaurant together in Brooklyn. For Ali, however, there appeared to be a couple of small hurdles. First, his entire restaurant experience amounted to a brief stint as a busboy some 20 years before. Second, he had never owned his own business.

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