IPPL business connection

Services for Businesses

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. Contact a librarian at 630/887-8760 to get started – we'd love to help you.




Business Services

Business Databases

  • Business Source Premier

    Business Source Premier

    Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

  • 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. This database works best on a computer or tablet and may not be accessible on a phone.

    To access from home, click this link: https://beta-liboff.public-record.com/remote

    To access from in the library, click this


  • Reference Solutions

    Reference Solutions

    Directory of over 80 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 147 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading.

  • Small Business Reference Center

    Small Business Reference Center

    Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

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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