Business Services Blog

Posted by juliekittredge on 04/16/14 | Comments
Effective April 21, Learn4Life is changing its name to “Gale Courses.” Nothing else about the programs are changing other than the name of the database. 
 
Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life) are in-depth, instructor-led, 6-week classes on a range of topics including health-care, business, personal development and more. The availability for continuing education that is relevant, targeted, and accessible from home or office is priceless. Courses specifically for businesses range from starting your own to creating a business plan, to using Quickbooks, social media, and training in leadership & management and much more! It's worth poking around to see what's in there for your business or personal growth. Check it out!  There is no charge for these courses and is accessible to AHML cardholders only. If you are not a resident, but have a business located in Arlington Heights, you are eligible for a business library card and can take advantage of this fabulous resource too!
 
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Posted by juliekittredge on 04/15/14 | Comments
We enjoyed a lot of great discussion during our Business Bytes the last couple of days. For those who couldn't join us or need access to the links inside, please feel free to enjoy the presentation below.
 
See you next month when Shannon teaches about using Facebook & Twitter for your small business!
Posted by businessservices on 04/02/14 | Comments
Pinterest is a visual bookmarking social media site that can increase traffic to your website or blog and help expand your business platform. To learn more about how Pinterest can play a role in your social media marketing and small business branding view the presentation below or schedule an appointment with a business services specialist.
 
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/25/14 | Comments
Don’t miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in April!
 
  • Pinterest for Business: in the training center
Learn the basics of setting up a Pinterest account for a business, organization, or hobby.
Tue, 04/04/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm   Register here
A.H. cardholders only.
 
  • Business Bytes: Using Pinterest as a Marketing Tool
Come learn how to use Pinterest strategically in your branding, social media marketing, drive traffic to your website, and get inspiration to expand your business platform.
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm   Register here
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am  Register here
 
You can find all Business and Jobs related programs on the calendar. The programs that indicate a library card is required (specifically the classes held in the training center) are available to local business owners as well if you have a Business Library Card. Come in and get yours today!
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/20/14 | Comments
Today is the first day of Spring, it's time to come out of hibernation and visit the library and all the resources we have for your business! One of the services customers aren't always aware of is our one-on-one appointments which are free. These 1 hour appointments are great for the new business looking for direction or the established business looking to better understand how to use social media as a marketing tool.  We can help you set up and teach you how to use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, website hosting, or Hootsuite for your business. We also help businesses discover how they can use the resources the library offers like The Studio and our databases which are great for free mailing lists and demographics research. There are also many great resources for online courses, and software tutorials that make life-long learning easier!
 
Connect with us, we'd love to meet with you!
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/12/14 | Comments
What a fun time we had the last two days in our Business Bytes: Ideas for Creating a Business Video Using Studio Resources. I received of feedback from participants that they are now inspired with new ideas and an "I can do this" attitude. If you couldn't join us feel free to browse through the power point below which includes lots of links and examples.
 
 
Your business CAN create a business video using Studio resources! Make an appointment to start your project today!
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/05/14 | Comments
Don’t miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in March & April!
 
  • Business Bytes: Ideas for Creating a Business Video using Studio Resources
Join us to learn a few tips, tricks, and inspiration for creating business videos. There are so many uses for creating a video for your business - come get inspired!
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm      Register here
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am   Register here
 
  • The 6 Vital Steps to Growing Your Business
    Learn proven strategies on how to improve sales and marketing, increase your profits, structure a growth plan, and build a winning team.
    03/19/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm       Register here
 
  • Pinterest for Business: in the training center
Learn the basics of setting up a Pinterest account for a business, organization, or hobby.
Tue, 04/04/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm   Register here
A.H. cardholders only.
 
  • Business Bytes: Using Pinterest as a Marketing Tool
Come learn how to use Pinterest strategically in your branding, social media marketing, drive traffic to your website, and get inspiration to expand your business platform.
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm   Register here
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am  Register here
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 02/20/14 | Comments
We had a super book club last night with a group of entrepreneurs, business owners, and sole proprietors learning how to better sell their products and services. Some of the biggest takaways for individuals included:
  • the need to develop a stronger online presence
  • get on social media
  • that selling is more about presentation than the selling
  • knowing your customer, their industry, and their needs and values
  • knowing what’s different about your product … besides price
  • the importance of branding yourself as a salesperson.
We still have several books in the Business Center. Click here to check one out, it’s an easy read!

Stay tuned for details about our next Business Book discussion happening May 21st!
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 02/10/14 | Comments
Our first Business book club of 2014 is next week! It’s not too late to join us to discuss the book 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling: Proven Actions You Must Take to Make, Easier, Faster, Bigger Sales by Jeffrey Gitomer. We will be meeting at Armands Pizzeria. Refreshments provided. Register online and pick up a book in the Business Center.

02/19/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Armands Pizzeria, 70 N Vail Ave, Arlington Heights     Register
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 02/03/14 | Comments
Don’t miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in February!
 
  • Business Bytes: Using Databases for Your Business

Learn about 3 of the Library’s business databases and how you can use them to generate sales leads, marketing lists, company research and more.
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm      Register here
Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am   Register here

 
  • Business Book Club
Join us to discuss the book 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling: Proven Actions You Must Take to Make, Easier, Faster, Bigger Sales by Jeffrey Gitomer. Refreshments provided. Pick up a book in the Business Center. Hosted at Armand's Pizzeria, 70 N Vail Avenue.
Wed, 2/19/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm     Register here
 
  • SCORE: Affordable Care Act: Basics for Business Owners
This workshop focuses on four key provisions that small (1-50 employees) businesses need to know, including available tax credits, how to purchase insurance on SHOP and under what circumstances they may face an IRS fine.
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm     Register here
Cosponsored with SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business)
 
  • Facebook Pages for Business
Learn the basics of setting up a page for a business, organization, or hobby and growing your audience.
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm Register here
A.H. cardholders only.

One-on-one appointments can be made if you need more personalized advice for your business. We can help your business get off the ground, set up your social media and social media management tools, pull business lists for your marketing efforts, and get you pointed in the right direction. Request an appointment with our business specialists here.