We are here to help! We curated resources just for business owners to manage through the COVID-19 crisis, but if you have questions or need help, email shirleyj@ippl.info.

 

IPPL business connection

Whether you’re looking to start, manage, or grow a local business, we have the tools to help you achieve your business goals. We can help you plan your dream. Connect with our business librarian, Shirley Jensen, at shirleyj@ippl.info. She can meet with you 1-on-1 to teach you more about the resources we have.

Get a business library card

If you are a business owner in the Indian Prairie Public Library District, you can obtain a business library card. Your card is key to all the resources we offer our business community, including access to all of the online resources offered by the library available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from your home computer or tablet.

Business Services

  • Co-work with us on Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to noon - We provide the perfect place to get work done. Our business librarian Shirley Jensen will be available to assist you with information and research needs
  • Book a room and conduct your business at the library
  • Programs and classes for business owners 
  • Office equipment and computers: B&W and color printers, copier, scanner, faxing, Windows and Mac computers and free wireless Internet
  • Devices available for check: laptops with MS Office 2016, LCD projectorsWi-Fi Hotspots and more from our Tech Takeout collection
  • A wide variety of magazines and newspapers

Business Databases

  • Access Business News

    Access Business News

    Contains over 600 business sources from local, national, and international perspectives. Set up an alert to be notified of new articles on a particular topic.

  • Business Insights: Essentials

    Business Insights: Essentials

    Contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

  • Investor's Business Daily

    Investor's Business Daily

    Available for in-library use only. Find stock market news and analysis including research, charts, and videos. Investor's Business Daily website.

  • Public Records

    Public Records

    Search public records for new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Illinois. Includes Check Illinois database for background check information.

  • ReferenceUSA

    ReferenceUSA

    Directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading.


    This database is supported through a generous donation from the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

Business Resources

Getting Started- Research is a great way to gain insight into your community’s demand for your product or service

  • Market Research, Demographics, and Analysis Tools - Doing smart research is a great way to gain insight into your community’s demand for your product or service. You can pinpoint where to focus your marketing efforts and to whom.
  • Blue Book Marketing Research - From the Marketing Research Association. Includes descriptions of fee-based marketing research companies, services, and facilities.
  • Census Business Builder - Small Business Edition contains key data for business plans or to better understand potential markets.
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports - Information produced by the CRS for the United States Congress. Continually updated to provide timely, objective, and authoritative research and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate. Use appropriate keywords, such as “small business” to begin.
  • QuickFacts - Get the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau about the community where you live and do business.
  • Small Business Administration - Gather detailed information on small businesses at the state level, including demographics of owners, small business income, and more.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

Local Partners - Learn more about starting your business with our local business partners

Write Your Business Plan

Financing - Your business may qualify for seed money grants and bank loans available for small businesses

Naming Your Business - Choosing a name is part of the registration process- Be original and avoid trademark violation

Business Registration Application Forms - In order to operate your business, you’ll need to register with the state

Taxes and the IRS - To pay taxes on your business, you’ll need to file with the IRS. The IRS also provides a wealth of online resources for small business tax help.

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