Business Services Blog

Posted by businessservices on 05/20/15 | Comments
Instagram, the mobile photo sharing app can be an excellent addition to your social media toolbox. To learn more about how to use Instagram for marketing your business view the presentation below or schedule an appointment with the Business Services staff.
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/20/15 | Comments
Entrepreneurs notoriously have to do everything in their business to get it up to speed. Limited cash flow in the early stages makes it hard to discern what to do yourself and what to hire out. This presentation focused on tips and ideas on how to think through what you must do yourself and what could be delegated. We also discussed how this can look different for every business, there is no one-size fits all, but this program provided the groundwork to begin thinking through the details. Please enjoy the slides and if you want additional assistance from Business Services specifically for your business, please request a one-on-one appointment!
 
 
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/04/15 | Comments
Come join us next week for this brand new Business Bytes program focused on the Start-up Entrepreneur or Business Owner who is overwhelmed with all the hats he/she has to wear in the business day-to-day.Entrepreneurs notoriously have to do everything in their business to get it up to speed. Limited cash flow in the early stages makes it hard to discern what to do yourself and what to hire out. Come get some suggestions from someone who wishes she’d done it differently.
 
Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am  Business Center        Register here
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/20/15 | Comments
We've recently created a new welcome video for Business services! Please feel free to view and share. At just a little over one minute, it's short and to the point. We want to be part of your community and help your business grow. Come see us!
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/16/15 | Comments
We meet with small business owners on a daily basis who need to create an online presence but don't know where to start. Or a business has a website but needs to include a social media presence. The use of consistent imagery is a great way to unify your look across the various platforms of your business. From Facebook Pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, your website, business cards, and LinkedIn, it's important to have consistency so you have a professional and recognizable presence. A unified look might include:
  • using the same profile picture (this can be your headshot or a logo).
  • using the same color scheme
  • using the same tag line
  • using the same header image
 
Just a few simple tweeks will help create a seamless presence for your business. Set up an appointment with a Business Services Specialist if you need some assistance!
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/09/15 | Comments
Money Smart Week is just a few days away and we've planned something special for our community of entrepreneurs!
 
Every business wants to grow, but growth can be tricky for the entrepreneur. Should you consider business financing? What do you need to be aware of when deciding to get a loan? We've invited a local business banker from Village Bank & Trust to provide insight and tips regarding financial considerations for the growing small business. Join us Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Register online.
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/02/15 | Comments
We are entering a new season in Business Services! Based on the survey results from 2014, we heard you wanted more remote services, opportunities for education via video streaming, and recorded classes. We listened and are in the process of developing new services to meet your needs for accessibility. This year we'll be adding:
  • Remote one-on-one appointments via Skype or Google Hangouts.
  • Monthly Video-Bytes which will be brief 3 minute videos created by Business Services staff with practical tips, tools and resources that you can use in your business.
  • Lunch-Bytes Webinars beginning in July for social media marketing and technology tips instruction.
  • Co-working Connection offered twice a month creating a space for local business owners to collaborate and network.
 
We would love to hear from you regarding topics you want to hear about for the video series. Please email Julie with your feedback!
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/25/15 | Comments
We hosted a Technology Tools Buffet Breakfast event last week in partnership with the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. We were able to highlight the technology resources including our Tech a la Carte service, the database resources in the Business Center, 3-D printing demonstrations in Digital Services, and tours of the Studio and related resources. For additional reading, check out the recent write-up in the Chicago Tribune!
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/11/15 | Comments
The Co-working Connection launch last Wednesday was a success! To enhance the networking that happens, we have a Co-working Resource Binder available for participants to include contact information and business cards. This binder will remain in the Business Center during regular library hours. Our desire is for participants to become a support system and resource to each other.   Our next Co-working connection will be next week, Wednesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This is an informal opportunity to work alongside other small businesses, collaborate and network. A Business Specialist will be available during this time for guidance regarding business resources both inside and outside of the library. Drop in at any time, you never know what connections you'll make! Co-working Connection space in the Business Center will be available the 1st and 3rd Wednesday mornings of the month.
Posted by juliekittredge on 02/17/15 | Comments
Did you know that Business Services is on social media? We share occasional business updates and program marketing through the AHML Facebook and Twitter feeds. We also have a dedicated business board on Pinterest! Have you browsed the resources we’re sharing on there? We are tapped into many small business newsletter resources and love to share the most inspiring information to you through these social media outlets. Topics range from how to create an awesome “About” page on your website to articles on preparing your business taxes, book recommendations and more. Make sure you’re following or periodically browsing to find new tips, tricks, and resources that can help your business navigate the marketing and goal setting tools you need for success.
 
As always, if you want to talk with someone specifically about your business and need direction for your next steps, make an appointment with one of our business specialists!
 
 
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