Business Services Blog

Posted by juliekittredge on 06/05/13 | Comments
Our third database tutorial is now available! This video will help you navigate our Plunkett Research Database.
This screencast 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 05/30/13 | Comments
Have you ever checked out the robust selection of social media books the library has available? Many businesses look to social media as their primary marketing resource. Learning how to navigate the network of options can be overwhelming. The AHML Business Services has hand picked a list of the latest social media books - come check one out for your weekend reading pleasure.
If you have questions about how your business can apply what you're learning, make an appointment today with one of our business specialists.
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/22/13 | Comments

1) Secure payment options using PayPal or built in shopping carts
2) Very low transaction fees
3) Accept transactions worldwide
4) Get statistics on your visitors
5) Customer service help
6) Seamless marketing with social media
7) Plugins available for promoting on blogs
8) Risk free for testing the waters with new products

June’s Business Bytes will be focusing on the ins and outs of operating your store-front on Etsy.
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.
Posted by juliekittredge on 05/07/13 | Comments

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.
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.