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, 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.

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:

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

Make an Appointment 

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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.

Make an Appointment

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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. 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. You can apply for a temporary library card here.

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

Businesses Card Renewals

Submit your renewal request on your business stationery with the names of up to three employees authorized to use the business card.

You may request renewal at the Checkout Desk in the library, by email to 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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Business eNewsletter

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


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Business Resources

A one-stop source for company profiles and analysis, including SWOT Analysesinvestment reportsindustry overviewsmarket informationcase studies, in-depth news & articles and more.

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).

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

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.

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.


Users inside the library can access the full Foundation Center Online product using the link above.

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

A version of this called "FDO Essentials" will be available via remote access until December 31. Access it here.

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 and continuing education units (CEUs)

Arlington Heights cardholders only

Formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference eBooks on biographybusinessenvironmenthistorylawliteraturemedicinemulticultural studiesnations/worldreligionsciencesocial science, and more. See also Access My Library app.

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

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

NOTE: The company/ticker/fund search box on the Morningstar home page does not work at this time. Go to any other tab (Companies, ETFs, etc.) and it will work properly.

Part of the Gale Directory Library. Provides contact and basic factual information on the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States.

Industry statistics trends and company analysis.

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

NOTE: Name changed to "Reference Solutions." Business directory, residential listings, demographics and health care listings. Records can be downloaded for mailing/contact lists.

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

    If you signed up for a library card online, you must receive a permanent library card (sent to your Arlington Heights address) before signing up for Treehouse.

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

    Additional FREE resources  (no account required):

    • Treehouse Festival--July 27-31:  Free 5-day online event focused on careers in coding, working from home and developing 21st century skills. Register here.
    • Livestreamed training sessions via their YouTube channel. Check back every few days for updates.
    • YouTube edition of their "How to Work Remotely" tutorial.
    Arlington Heights cardholders only

    Online card registrants will have access after they receive their permanent library card. If you are unable to access your existing account, CONTACT US (select "Tech Help" as your feedback topic).

    Gale Presents: Udemy offers over 3500 on-demand video tutorials covering technology (e.g., Office, Windows, and Mac OS, coding, etc.), business & management, job & career skills, and personal growth. Some courses offer IT certification test prep or project management professional development units (PDUs)


    Articles from the eastern print edtion. Business and financial news from 1/2/84-present. Articles from the online edition also available.

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

    Special training video: A Beginner's Guide to Investing