Supporting Local Businesses
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. There are a variety of ways the library can help.
Whether you want to start, improve, or grow a small business, the Glen Ellyn Public Library offers a variety of tools to help you succeed. Stay in-the-know by signing up for the library’s new small business e-newsletter, L2B (Library to Business) Communications.
Programs at the Library
The Glen Ellyn Public Library offers many programs that can help you navigate the challenges of starting and growing your small business. Access the calendar of business programs at the library here.
Resources at the Library
GEPL Business Library Card: Access one-of-a-kind 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 by calling the 2nd Floor Information Desk at 630-790-6630.
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.
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 Elizabeth Clower at email@example.com or 630-790-6750 for more information.
Elizabeth Clower, Instruction Librarian and Business Liaison
Besides being a skilled librarian, Elizabeth has experience working with multiple community entities, including nonprofits, private and public organizations, and governmental entities. Creating working partnerships is her specialty.
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. If you would like to learn how your business can better utilize the resources provided by the library, contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-790-6750.
Resources in the Community
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Please take a few minutes to fill out our Small Business Needs Assessment Survey.