Business Services Blog

Posted by juliekittredge on 08/07/13 | Comments
 Our fourth database tutorial is now available! This video will help you navigate our Learn4Life Database. It's a wonderful resource for lifelong learning as well as business training.


 

This screen-cast was created using software in the library's Digital Studio!

If the quality looks fuzzy on your screen after you click Play, just click on the small "gear" symbol at the bottom of the video to change the quality of your video to 720p HD. This should improve your viewing experience!
Posted by juliekittredge on 08/06/13 | Comments
The library has a great collection of the latest business, marketing and social media books. We've pulled together a few suggestions in our book lists depending on the needs of your business.
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Books are also circulating in our Business Center, come discover something new!  
 
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/30/13 | Comments
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.
 
Databases
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/25/13 | Comments

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 | Comments
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 | Comments
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 | Comments
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 sscanlan@ahml.info, or Business Services Advisor Julie Kittredge at jkittredge@ahml.info.

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 | Comments
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 | Comments
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 | Comments
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!