Librarian Bridget Opotholt shares highlights on how the library teams with you to strengthen and grow your business.
Entrepreneurs, new businesses and nonprofit organizations have access to expert services and resources, free training and spaces, and local community connections—all through their library. Whether you are an entrepreneur just getting started or an established business looking to grow and reach new markets, team with your library to:
- Talk to a local expert, Librarian Bridget Optholt, at BOptholt@oppl.org and 708.452.3466.
- Request a one-on-one mentor appointment with Score Chicago, held monthly at the Main Library.
- Review recommended reading lists:
- Improve access to resources. Get a library card for your business.
- Sharpen technical skills. Find classes and workshops, as well as online courses you can take from anywhere at anytime with Lynda.com, including classes on Microsoft QuickBooks, web design, social media marketing, and more.
- Expand office space. Rent a meeting room, connect to free WiFi, print wirelessly, use public computers, borrow a laptop for on-site use, and access copiers, a fax machine, and more.
- Discover industry trends and collect valuable data. Get deep, subscription-based competitor and industry information from resources including:
- Business Source Complete: essentials for the business researcher.
- Illinois Legal Aid: articles and referrals to free and low-cost legal aid offices.
- Legal Information Reference Center: full text of top consumer legal reference books.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center: financial stock and mutual fund information.
- ReferenceUSA: directory of 14 million businesses and 89 million residents.
- Regional Business News: business journals, newspapers, and newswires.
- Value Line: information on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities.