Business programs covering a diverse range of topics are planned at the Westport Library during October.

The programs, which are free and open to the public, include:

Oct. 8, 7 p.m.: “The Art of Public Speaking” — Debbie Fay, public speaking coach and author of “Nail It: Create and Deliver Presentations That Connect, Compel and Convince,” will discuss the topic. She is founder and president of Bespeak Presentation Solutions, LLC, which provides presentation development, one-on-one public speaking coaching and corporate training.

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.: “Women Entrepreneurs Group — Grow Income with Powerful Sales Strategies.” Liz Dederer will discuss sales strategies to help businesses earn more money in less time. Dederer is a business strategist, helping companies through her “8 Languages of Money” program.

Oct. 13, 6 p.m.: “Starting A Business — Self-Assessment/Business Plan.” Led by business start-up entrepreneurs Diane Winston and Michael Klehm, the program will cover the risks and rewards of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace. Winston, the principal and chief communications strategist of Winston Strategic Partners, LLC, has over 30 years of corporate and consulting experience. Klehm has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Oct. 20, 6 p.m.: “ Business Special — Starting A Business, Marketing Strategy and Research.” Norm Sylvester and Dick York will discuss market research and planning to start and build a successful business enterprise. Sylvester spent 40 years in both marketing and advertising of consumer packaged goods, 17 of which were with Pepsi-Cola, where he was vice president of advertising. York, former senior vice president for Dean Witter Discover, is an independent management consultant.

Oct. 27, 6 p.m.: “Starting A Busines — Online Marketing.” Bonnie Tyler and Sheila Torgan, founders of CyberSidewalks, LLC, and LinkedIn expert Carol McManus will discuss how a start-up business can execute marketing through online-based marketing tools, including website positioning and key social media platforms.

For more information, call 203-291-4800 or visit .