Business Services Blog

Posted by juliekittredge on 07/30/13
AHML has a new database that we are very excited about, it's geared toward the lifelong learner and business owner looking to grow, build skills, or train employees. Learn4Life provides in-depth, instructor-led, 6-week classes on tech topics, health-care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, art, photography, writing, and more. Some classes can lead to certification.

Courses are FREE and accessible from home, office, or inside the library to Arlington Heights Cardholders, including Business Library Cardholders.
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/25/13

We're excited to share our second spotlight video featuring a local business! Tropical Smoothie Cafe is located at 315 E Rand Road and offers customers a range of healthy food choices custom made with fresh ingredients, catering, fundraisers, delivery and more. Check out their spotlight!

Business Services will continue to add to this series of business spotlight videos in 2013. Future videos will highlight Arlington Heights small businesses, their niche in the local community, and how businesses can utilize the library’s resources.

Please contact Shannon or Julie if you:   

  • Have a current business library card.
  • Are an Arlington Heights business that is less than 5 years old.
  • Have used business services, databases, classes, programs, the Studio, or other library resource to better/grow your business. (Please be specific).
  • Would like to gain visibility via a marketing video that features your business!
Posted by LivelyLibrarian on 07/18/13
Twitter is a powerful tool for business and job seekers. View the presentation below to learn how businesses and professionals can enjoy the benefits of communicating in short, precise messages (140 characters). Share store sales, coupons, hours of operation, search for a job and more. 
To learn more about Twitter and how it can work for your business or in your job search schedule a one-on-one appointment with the Business Services Librarian, Shannon Scanlan. 
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/18/13
We're excited about new equipment now available near the Tech Help Desk in Digital Services.
The new SimpleScan Station has FREE faxing capability and will be replacing the fax service previously offered at the Checkout Desk. In addition to faxing, this station also has the capability of scanning documents, photos, and books to send to an e-mail address, save to a flash drive, send to our B&W and color printers, generate a QR code to download your scans to your smartphone, and even upload to your Google Drive account.
If you want to give it a try or have any questions, please feel free to drop by the Tech Help Desk and ask for a demonstration, it's a great new tool that your business can use!
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/17/13
Join other local business owners on September 18th from 7-9pm for a discussion of 500 Social Media Marketing Tips: Essential Advice, Hints and Strategy for Business, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and More by Andrew Macarthy. Come share what works for you and what doesn’t. Refreshments provided. For more information, please contact Business Services Librarian Shannon Scanlan at, or Business Services Advisor Julie Kittredge at

Books are available for pick up at the Info Desk. We will meet at Armand’s Pizzeria, 70 N. Vail Ave.
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/11/13
If your business has a blog, installing apps & plugin’s can add pizazz and efficiency to your blogging platform. I recently came across this post of 29 great tools that can be used in your Wordpress blog. It’s a lengthy list but if you are using Wordpress, it’s worth browsing – I know there are at least one or two that will make your blogging life a little easier. One I use on my blog is the Dropbox plugin for automatically backing up my blog to my Dropbox account. Others in the list that caught my eye and would like to try were #17 The Magic Action Box and  #27 PopClip for Mac

Plugin’s and apps are very easy to install. If your business needs help applying one of these tools to your Wordpress Blog or starting a blog, you can make a free one-on-one appointment with the Business Services Specialists at the library. We love helping local business owners gain the tools they need to succeed!
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/09/13
This month's Business Bytes focused on why developing your enewsletter and related email list is a critical element to your business platform. Attendees discovered why every business should have one, ideas to build their list, what kinds of content to include, and other cool details that their newsletter can incorporate as business grows. If you couldn't make it to the program feel free to flip through the power point. As always if you need assistance understanding the marketing resources available to your business either through the library or via social media, you can set up a free one-one-one appointment with a business specialist today!
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/03/13
Every athlete knows in order to perform at their best, rest days in between workouts are critical to building strength and peak performance. The concept is no different for the small business owner. Entrepreneurs work hard to stay one step ahead of the game. This responsibility can be rewarding but stressful, taking a day off often means little to no revenue or concerns about customer service. However, choosing not to take some downtime can lead to burnout and reduced productively. Take advantage of the calendar holidays to unplug, refresh, and recalibrate.  Tomorrow is the 4th of July when companies nationwide close for the day. As a small business owner it’s tempting to make return phone calls, check and respond to emails, or draft one more letter. Take a tip from the big guys and unplug for a day. Focus on friends, family, and fun or rest if that’s what you need most. When Friday comes, you won’t regret unplugging, in fact, you might decide to carve out time to do it more often!

For further reading, this is a great article on the topic of entrepreneurs taking a holiday.
Happy Independence Day from Business Services!
Posted by juliekittredge on 06/25/13

Don’t miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in July!

Business Bytes: E-newsletters for Business
An e-newsletter is one of the most valuable marketing tools your business can add to its arsenal. Come discover why every business should have one, ideas to build your list, what kinds of content to include and other details that your newsletter can incorporate as your business grows.

Mon, 7/8/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm    Register

Tue, 7/9/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am Register
Check out the calendar for more business programs in July!

If you can’t make either of these dates, your Business Services Specialists are always available for free one-on-one appointments to help you utilize social media, blogging, databases and other resources as marketing tools for your business. Click here to make your appointment today!
Posted by juliekittredge on 06/19/13
I recently discovered one of our databases that is not traditionally used for business purposes. The Books & Authors Database is a great resource for your research needs as you navigate a new skill or grow as a business owner. I've gone ahead and done a search for Business Books - marketing specifically -  to get you started. Once you find a book you're interested in, check to see if AHML has it, and if they don't they can find it for you! Go ahead, poke around and discover a new resource based on your interests and needs.
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy