Local Business Support
Everyone knows that starting and running a small business is tough. Between competition in the marketplace, competition from online retailers, and tech-savvy young consumers, keeping a local brick and mortar store open is an uphill battle. The library can help you develop your web presence through Google, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn; or learn how to use social media tools to track local trends, tune in to consumer issues, and gain community perspective.
Resources at the Library
GEPL Business Library Card: Access one-of-a-kind digital and print resources for business owners, including marketing research databases, business plans, industry journals, business ebooks and audiobooks, and much more, from your home or office. Check out hard copy magazines of Entrepreneur, Harvard Business Review, Smart Money, and Crain’s Chicago Business to stay abreast of general business news and trends. Browse the library catalog for books (and ebooks and audiobooks) on taxes, business management, marketing, human resources, and much more. Find out how to apply for your business library card.
Shakespeare Room: Perfect for small business meetings or conferences. The room holds five to ten people around a large conference table with Smart TV and HDMI connections. GEPL members can reserve the Shakespeare Room in advance at the 2nd Floor Information Desk.
Digital Media Lab: An excellent recording studio, with high-quality speakers and wall panel sound diffusers. Edit your audio and video recordings with a host of professional editing software, including Adobe CS6 and Final Cut Pro. There’s even a mini-lighting studio you can set up to take quality pictures of your products.
Business One-on-One: You can request a one-on-one visit from a librarian to your place of business, where you can get hands-on instruction on how to use the library’s catalog and online resources, or get answers to your technology questions. Contact our Business Liaison for more information. She can instruct a group on the physical and online resources available to business owners or provide one-on-one instruction, whether at the library or at your business.
Resources in the Community
COD Small Business Development Center
Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
Village of Glen Ellyn website – For Business Owners, Opening a Business in Glen Ellyn, Economic Development, Business Registration
Help the Glen Ellyn Public Library Better Serve You!
Please take a few minutes to fill out our Small Business Needs Assessment Survey.