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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Small Business Support

Take advantage of our services by reserving or borrowing library books and other materials, reserving meeting rooms and the Studio, accessing business databases from home or work, registering for business 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.

Some of our programs are recorded and can be watched on the library's YouTube account. This is helpful if you're interested in the program but were unable to attend. Recorded business services programs currently available:

Tapping Resources: Accessing Assistance for Small Business with Michael Mertes from the Village of Arlington Heights

Rebuilding Your Business with Exceptional Employees with Lynée Alves of Interview Like an Expert

Grow With Google: Get Your Business Online with Mike Gershbein of Very Smart People

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Beyond the Library Business Skills and Training

It's a no-brainer that FREE resources and programs abound at the library for those in small business. In addition, there are other NO-COST activities and guides in the community and online that are too good to overlook.

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State and Local Business Services

In this climate of uncertainty and crisis, it’s hard to overstate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nonprofits and small business. This page provides up-to-date information and resources from the local to federal level.

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

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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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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. Currently, our Business Book Discussion will take place as a virtual program using the Zoom platform. Please register as you normally would and you will receive the Zoom link prior to our meeting time. Happy Reading!

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Business Library Cards

Business and nonprofit organizations in Arlington Heights are eligible for business library cards. 

At the Checkout Desk, simply complete an application and submit a business card or other document to confirm an Arlington Heights address. The business owner or primary managing agent is required to sign the application. Two additional employees can be added to the account. You can apply for a temporary library card here.

Business library cards are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. You can repeat the above process when your business library card expires or submit your renewal request to the Checkout Desk on business stationery with the names of up to three employees authorized to use the business card, by email to circquestion@ahml.info or by sending your request to:

Circulation Services Department, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004.

All overdue items must be returned and all outstanding charges must be paid before the card will be renewed.

Renew your business library card here

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

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