Business Services Blog

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 sscanlan@ahml.info, or Business Services Advisor Julie Kittredge at jkittredge@ahml.info.
 
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.
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 02/21/13 | Comments
Free Marketing for your Business at the Teen Job Fair - March 9th
Does your business hire teens for part-time help? The Village of Arlington Heights Youth Commission, the Arlington Heights Park District, and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) are hosting the first annual Teen Job Fair at AHML on March 9th from 9am to 12noon. It’s a free opportunity to promote and advertise your business, support the local economy, network with other business owners, and introduce teens in our area to potential jobs and volunteer opportunities with your organization. If you are interested in participating or getting more information, please contact Sue Gwinnup at sueg@ahpd.org.
 
AHML Perks for Arlington Heights Business Owners
Are you a business owner in Arlington Heights, but not a resident? Your Arlington Heights business qualifies for a Business library card. Not only do you get to take advantage of the classes, programs, borrowing privileges, resources, and remote access to powerful databases, but you can also authorize usage to two* of your employees on a single business library card account! More information can be found here regarding how to apply for your business library card.
*3 total including the user/owner who opens the Business Library card account.
 
 
Posted by on 02/13/13 | Comments
QR Codes which is short for Quick Response Code are similar to barcodes and can be embedded with website addresses, phone numbers and other useful information. QR codes are scanned with a smart phone or tablet with a camera and can highlight coupons, specials, videos or other information for your business. To learn more about how you can utilize QR codes for business view the PowerPoint presentation below or schedule an appointment with Shannon Scanlan the Business Services Librarian or Julie Kittredge the Business Services Advisor.
 
 
Posted by juliekittredge on 02/08/13 | Comments
Don't miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in February!
 
Business Bytes: Using QR Codes for Business
QR Codes short for Quick Response Codes are similar to barcodes and can be embedded with website addresses, phone numbers and other useful information. QR codes are scanned with a smart phone or tablet with a camera and can highlight coupons, specials, videos or other information for your business. Join us to learn how to use these codes.
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm        Register here
Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am      Register here
 
 
SCORE: Taking Your Business Online
This Internet workshop is for business owners looking to venture out onto the web for the first time or who want a more effective web presence. Key concepts and concerns faced by business owners are addressed as well as the importance of social media.
Wed, 02/20/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm      Register here
Cosponsored with SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business)
 
 
Facebook Pages for Beginners
Learn the basics of setting up a page for a business, organization, or hobby and growing your audience.
Tue, 02/26/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm       Register here
A.H. cardholders only.

Check out the calendar for more business programs this month!

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 more. This is for any Arlington Heights business and all for free! Request an appointment or contact Business Services Librarian, Shannon Scanlan, sscanlan@ahml.info or Business Services Advisor, Julie Kittredge, at jkittredge@ahml.info.
 

 
Posted by juliekittredge on 01/31/13 | Comments
Did you know AHML has a brand new Studio in Digital Services? There are many new resources for photography, videography, music and more. Check out all of the details here. You can make a two hour reservation to use these resources for free! Ideas on how you can use this new space for your business might include:
  • Photographing products
  • Getting a great headshot
  • Editing photos with professional software for etsy, ebay, or your website.
  • Creating a video for promoting your business
  • Creating, recording, and editing music
  • Scanning professional quality scans
  • Printing with our printers and color copier
  • Creating online tutorials using screen capture software
  • And more!
Classes are on-going, and one-on-one appointments can be made to help you utilize the resources in the new digital media lab.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our Business Center e-newsletter. It’s an important way to get the most up to date information right in your inbox regarding services that can help get your business started or grow!
 
Also, one-on-one appointments are always available to help navigate social media, Etsy, Pinterest, Hootsuite, and blogging or to get ideas for the next step for your business. Contact Business Services Librarian Shannon Scanlan at sscanlan@ahml.info or Business Services Advisor Julie Kittredge at jkittredge@ahml.info.