Business Services Blog

Posted by on 09/11/12 | Comments
Pinterest is a social visual sharing website that allows users to organize images in collections by themes such as hobbies, products, locations and more. Pinterest was named one of the Top 50 Blogs in 2011 by Time Magazine and is the 3rd largest social media site in the United States.
 
To learn how your business can utilize this image sharing tool to highlight your products or services and drive referral traffic back to a website or ecommerce site, watch the PowerPoint presentation below or schedule an appointment with Shannon Scanlan, the Business Services Librarian.
 
 
Posted by on 08/16/12 | Comments
There are a variety of online tools to make surveying your clients and customers easier and scheduling faster and simpler. Websites including Doodle, Survey Monkey, Wiggio and Google Calendar can streamline your communication with customers and with your employees.
 
To learn more about scheduling and calendar tools and how they can work for your business view the presentation below or schedule an appointment with Shannon Scanlan, the Business Services Librarian.
 
 
Posted by Ultra Violet on 08/02/12 | Comments
Social Media Marketing

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can make a positive impact on your business. In this engaging podcast, Business Librarian, Shannon Scanlan, tells you how. Peruse our selection of business events and programs and sign up with and Arlington Heights Library card. Be sure to also check out our books covering Facebook and Twitter for businesses as well as Paul Gillin's book pictured here.

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Posted by on 07/27/12 | Comments

We've made it easier to find upcoming Business and Jobs & Career programs. When visiting the library's website, choose Programs & Classes from the top of the page, then click on business & job seeker programs. This will show you a calendar of upcoming business and jobs programs as well as computer classes in the Working Life track. 

If you have any questions on business programs or the job seekers series, please contact Shannon Scanlan, the Business Services Librarian, at 847-870-3642. 

Posted by on 07/10/12 | Comments
Databases are an excellent resource for company research, demographic information and targeted mailing lists. Fulltext articles, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, statistics, business licenses, foreclosures, and business and residential directories are available through the Library's select databases and accessible from within the library and remotely with an Arlington Heights Library card.
 
To learn more about the Library's databases and how they can work for your business view the presentation below or schedule an appointment with Shannon Scanlan, the Business Services Librarian.
 
Databases for Business
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Posted by on 06/13/12 | Comments
Google Analytics is an excellent and free tool from Google that allows users to track and analyze visitors to their websites. Data on website usage, social media referrers, keywords, visitor location, and more can be monitored to help businesses target marketing, website content and search engine optimization.
 
The Library's database Lynda.com offers video tutorials on using Google Analytics including how to set up an account, install the tracking code, customize the reports and analyze the data. For more information view the presentation below or schedule an appointment with Shannon, the Business Services Librarian.
Posted by on 05/24/12 | Comments
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College is offering a QuickBooks class for entrepreneurs.
 
This hands-on class is designed for entrepreneurs with little experience working with QuickBooks.  Topics include: setting up a new company, accounts receivable and accounts payable transactions, bank reconciliations, credit card reconciliation, running basic financial reports, tracking and paying sales tax.  Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to work on their QuickBooks file during the session.
Tuition: $100 (includes box lunch and QuickBooks manual).
Interested patrons can call the SBDC at 847-925-6520 to register or for more information. 
 
The Library has QuickBooks software on 3 computers in the Business Center. 
Posted by on 05/17/12 | Comments
Professional presentations can be so much more than bullet points and statistics. There are a variety of tools and software to create professional presentations for your business that include animation, video, audio and graphics. To learn about content ideas, adding transitions and animation and tips on using PowerPoint, Prezi, Slideshare, and more watch the slideshow below or schedule an appointment with Shannon, the Business Services Librarian. 
 
Posted by on 05/02/12 | 1 Comments
Technology has made the ability to work from almost anywhere easier than ever. The April session of Business Bytes focused on tools for maintaining a mobile business including apps for mobile payments, cloud computing, tablets and more. For more information view the presentation below or schedule an appointment with Shannon, the Business Services Librarian.
 
 
Posted by on 04/26/12 | Comments
Blogging for business is a great way to increase your visibility on the Internet, reach your customers and communicate about your products and services. To learn more about blogging watch this free 1 hour webinar, Blogging 101 for Business for great tips and tools to get started.