Business & Nonprofit Services

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The Business Center provides a great place to work solo, meet with others, attend business programs and keep up with the latest business and financial news.

It offers five desktop computers with internet access for researching business, career and financial information through our databases. In addition to housing current business-related magazines and newspapers, you'll find a collection of new books about business, entrepreneurship and related topics as well as information about upcoming business programs and local resources for small business, nonprofits and entrepreneurs.

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How We Can Help

Take advantage of our services by reserving or borrowing library books and other materials, using our Business Center, meeting rooms and the Studio, accessing business databases from home or work, registering for business classes or technology classes and applying for a business library card.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor to help connect you with the resources you need, assist with business research and teach you how to use the business databases for market research and contact lists.

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Business eNewsletter

The Business eNewsletter offers resources, program information and other updates for entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits. 

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SCORE Business Mentoring

Learn from SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer business mentors, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to receive guidance on your small business.

Individual one-hour appointments at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. are available on the first and third Thursdays of each month, and on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Small Business Resources

In addition to the library, numerous other services are available to help you with all aspects of your business- from startup requirements to marketing, finance and everything in between.  

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Business Book Discussions

Meet other readers and join us for thought-provoking discussions. From new bestsellers to long-established titles, these discussions cover topics to support advancement in your personal and professional development. If you need a copy of a book, stop by the Info Desk, call 847-392-0100 or check out an eBook. All discussions are drop in events, unless noted.

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Business Library Cards

Business and nonprofit organizations in Arlington Heights are eligible for business library cards. Up to three employees may be authorized for services and materials. Business cards must be renewed every year.

Complete an application and submit a business card at the Checkout Desk.

The business owner or primary managing agent is required to sign the application prior to library card pickup.

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Tech à la Carte Group Classes

If your organization is interested in providing technology training for your employees, email Business Services advisor Diane Malik and indicate your card number, a few date options, what class you are interested in and the number of people in your group. A minimum of two weeks advanced notice is required.

Training classes are 90 minutes and designed for groups of 6-12. You must have a business library card to schedule a class and the person scheduling must be listed on the library card. The remaining attendees do not need to be cardholders. A list of classes is available here.

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Business Resources

Business Insights: Global

A one-stop source for company profiles and analysis, including SWOT Analysesinvestment reports

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Business Source Premier

Articles, market researchindustry reports, 

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CFRA MarketScope Advisor

Replaces Standard & Poor's Global NetAdvantage. CFRA Research produces industry surveys, stock reports, mutual fund reports, The Outlook newsletter, and much more (and is the provider of these products to S&P).

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CheckIllinois

Look up public records in northern Illinois across communities quickly by personal or business name. Part of Public Records Online.

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Company Dossier (from Nexis Uni)

Now part of Nexis Uni. Use the drop-down menu at the upper left of the page and select "Company Dossier." Millions of public and private companies, with contact information, analysis and news/industry links. No download limit.

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Corporate Affiliations

Directory of 200,000 parent and subsidiary companies worldwide. Records can be downloaded for mailing/contact lists. Tip: Please click the "Sign Off" link at the upper right when you're done using this database.

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Foundation Center Online

One-stop source for researching grants and foundations. Includes the Foundation Directory and Foundation Grants to Individuals.

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Gale Courses

In-depth, instructor-led, 6-week classes on tech topics, health care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, and more. Some classes can lead to certification.

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Gale Directory Library

Search several different national, regional and international directories simultaneously or separately.

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Gale eBooks

Formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Gale Legal Forms

Thousands of legal forms for personal, business, real estate, litigation, etc. (MS Word or PDF). See also Access My Library app.

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Lexis Nexis Library Express

NOTE: Product changed to Nexis Uni on 9/1/2019, with a new interface. Legal materials are available via remote access.

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Morningstar Investment Research Center

Mutual Funds, Stocks, ETFs; powerful screening tools. See More Info for Help and Education / Live Webinars

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Plunkett Research

Industry statistics trends and company analysis.

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Public Records

Home sales business licenses foreclosures and bankruptcies. Now includes access to CheckIllinois (quick searching by personal/business name, across communities and record types).

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ReferenceUSA

Business directory, residential listings, demographics and health care listings. Records can be downloaded for mailing/contact lists.

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Treehouse: Online Training

Web design, coding, mobile app development and more. Earn points/badges to track your progress and create a showcase for potential employers. 

New user? Account deactivated? Use our account activation form.

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Wall Street Journal

Business and financial news from 1/2/84-present.

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Weiss Financial Ratings Series

Rates safety and financial stability of banks, credit unions, insurers, stocks and mutual funds. Includes a Medigap Plan selection tool.

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