Business Services Blog

Posted by juliekittredge on 04/24/13 | Comments
We're excited to share our first spotlight video featuring a local business! Paper Crown Gallery offers a space for local artisans to sell affordable art in the retail and gallery space. The 1200 sq. ft. space is also used for corporate events, fundraisers, classes, and workshops. Services provided include custom artwork as well as branding and graphic design for businesses.

We're planning 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:
  1. Are an Arlington Heights business that is less than 5 years old.
  2. Have a current business library card.
  3. Have used business services, databases, classes, programs, the Studio, or other library resource to better/grow your business. (Please be specific).
  4. Would like to gain visibility via a marketing video that features your business!
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/17/13 | Comments
The library is participating in Money Smart Week, a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that offers over 500 free events throughout Chicagoland that focus on financial topics for all ages. Come join us next week!
Money Smart Week Kickoff with Benjamin Franklin
Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Come meet Ben Franklin (portrayed by performer Tom Kelecius) and learn about all of our Money Smart Week programs.  Drop in
Money Smart Storytimes
Saturday, April 20, 10:30-11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-7 p.m.
Join us for stories about smart spending and saving followed by a piggybank craft.  For ages 0-6.   Drop in

$Apps for Your Wallet or Purse
Monday, April 22, 6-7 p.m. / Village Bank & Trust Building, 311 S. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 20; Arlington Hts.
There are apps that help balance your budget, accept credit card payments from your phone and keep track of when your bills are due. Come learn about these money-saving apps and more. Co-sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. For teens and adults.   Register

Estate-Planning Toolbox
Wednesday, April 24, 1-2:30 p.m. / Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road; Arlington Hts.

Join financial educator, Karen Chan, to learn about a range of estate planning tools, what they do, and the terminology they use. Register

Keep it Safe
Wednesday, April 24, 7-8 p.m. / Village Bank & Trust, 234 W. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Hts.

Dave Gehrke from Village Bank & Trust will offer information on the laws and regulations that protect your rights as a consumer, preventing identity theft and elder financial abuse and how to be financially prepared when a disaster strikes.
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/10/13 | Comments
Find out what makes blogging important for your business, how you can gain followers and what kind of content to consider. Use it to build your brand, your relationships and over time, build your business.
Posted by juliekittredge on 04/03/13 | Comments
Don’t miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in April!
Business Bytes: Blogging for Business
Find out what makes blogging important for your business, how you can gain followers and what kind of content to consider. Use it to build your brand, your relationships and over time, build your business.

Mon, 04/8/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm        Register here
Tue, 04/9/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am     Register here
LinkedIn B2B: Leveraging Social Media Engagement
Digital Marketing Strategist Matthew Jonas will show you how your business can use LinkedIn to connect with others and improve growth in the process.

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm       Register here

Check out the calendar for more business programs this month!

If you can’t make it to a program of interest, your Business Services Specialists are always available for free one-on-one appointments to help you utilize social media, blogging, and additional resources as marketing tools for your business. Click here to make your appointment today!
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/28/13 | Comments

Did you know you can use your business library card to register employees for computer and technology classes? (Please note registration is limited to the three authorized users of your business library card.) Perhaps they need a refresher on how to create a power point, or understand the ins and outs of specific social media resources. Your library can be a resource for training purposes, check out the complete list of Computer and Technology classes offered every month. They do fill up fast though, so register early! Of course, we always have great Business Programs geared toward the business owner as well.

Also, your Business Services Specialists are a great resource if you need some fresh ideas for marketing to your target audience using social media, marketing lists from our databases, ideas on how to partner with other local businesses that compliment your products or services, build your followers, or establish yourself as an expert in your field. Tell us what you want to do and we’ll see how we can help you get there. Make an appointment today!
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/19/13 | Comments
Welcome to the first ever online database tutorial.  We anticipate providing several more in the coming months to help you use these on your own from a home or business computer using your library card.
If you are a business owner in Arlington Heights you qualify for a special business library card which would allow you access to the extensive resources the library has to offer our small business community. Use the Reference USA database to pull lists for your marketing efforts or just to get an idea of what the demographics are in your area of service. Please contact the Business Center if you need additional assistance.
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/14/13 | Comments

The business world is constantly adapting to new ideas, trends and business practices. The new Business Book Club will offer a forum where business people can explore, learn, network, discuss and implement strategies for professional and personal growth. The book title for May is The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows That You Don’t by Bill McBean.
For more information on the Business Book Club, please contact Business Services Librarian Shannon Scanlan at, or Business Services Advisor Julie Kittredge at
Location: Armand's Pizzeria, 70 N Vail Ave, Arlington Heights.

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm  Register Here
*Please come to the library to pick up your book
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/13/13 | Comments
We had a fabulous group of business owners attend the March Business Bytes on Monday and Tuesday. The discussion was interactive and participants left with a greater understanding of how they can build their business relationships based on trust and authenticity. It's a different way of thinking about marketing the small business! Here are the presentation slides for anyone who was not able to attend. Don't miss next month's Business Bytes - Blogging for your Business!
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/06/13 | Comments
Business Services has a new resource! Investing for the Long Run is a guide for new and experienced investors to help shape up personal finances. From creating a budget, merging finances with a significant other, to planning for retirement, we have information for individuals at every life stage.
It is also available as a free PDF guide that you can access from home with strategies and solutions to help you shape up your personal finances. Compliments of your library and Morningstar.
Posted by juliekittredge on 03/05/13 | Comments
Don’t miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in March!
Business Bytes: Developing your Business Platform
Learn why it's so important to build your online presence as a business owner. Both big and small companies will benefit from understanding why Facebook, Twitter, blogging, a website, LinkedIn, and Pinterest are important tools for building your business platform.
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm      Register here
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am   Register here
Check out the calendar for more programs this month!
One-on-one appointments can be made if you need more personalized marketing help for your business. We can help your business get off the ground, utilize social media, pull business lists for marketing use, get your blog set up, establish your presence on Etsy or Pinterest, and more. All for free! Request an appointment with our business services specialists.