Business Services Blog

Posted by juliekittredge on 05/15/13 | Comments
Last chance to join us for next week's Business Book Club!
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 and pick your book up at the library so you can read it over the weekend!
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/14/13 | Comments
Great photos enhance sales! During the May Business Bytes, local business owners received practical photography tips they can practice right in their home or office.  Here are the slides used in the presentation for those who were not able to attend.
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Don’t miss these programs that can provide valuable tools for your small business in May!

Business Bytes: Photography for Your Business
Do you have a blog, a website or an online store on Etsy or eBay? The quality of your photos can make or break your brand or your sales. Come learn how to take better pictures and enhance your online presence. Taught by a professional photographer who has managed an Etsy shop as well as a photography business.

Monday, May 13, 7–8 p.m.         Register here
Tuesday, May 14, 10–11 a.m.    Register here
Business Book Club
The book title for May is The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows That You Don’t by Bill McBean. Click here for more details. Meeting location is offsite at Armand's Pizzeria, 70 N Vail Ave, Arlington Heights.
Wednesday, May 22, 7-9 p.m.  Register here

Check out the business calendar for more programs this month!
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/01/13 | Comments
Our second database tutorial is now available! This video will help you navigate one of our most popular business databases, Corporate Affiliations.
This tutorial was created using software in our new Digital Studio!
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.
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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.