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

Market Research, demographic 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. You may find the following resources helpful:

  • 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. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time.
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports: Newly available to the public, 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.
  • ReferenceUSA : A directory of over 25 million US and Canadian businesses and 89 million residential phone numbers. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists. IPPL card needed
  • Gather detailed information on small business at the state level, including demographics of owners, small business income, business turnover, and employment gains and losses by size of business.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

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 (getacard.ippl.info.) You 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. Use our business resources Learn more about databases to give you access to demographic, learning, and financial information; tools you can use at the library including printers, copiers, fax machines, and computers; checkout the latest technology to assist you in planning for your business from our tech takeout collection; use our wide variety of magazines and newspapers, and take classes just for business owners.

Book a room and conduct your business here

We are conveniently located minutes from I-55, and the perfect place to meet business associates. Or, if you just need a quiet place work, we have you covered. Book a room here

Sign up for our enewsletter

Sign up for our enewsletter specifically geared toward businesses. Get information on upcoming programs, new books, business resources, and other updates delivered to your inbox 6-8 times a year.

Discover how we can help

Learn more about all the ways we can help you. Connect with our business librarian, Shirley Jensen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She can meet with you 1-on-1 to teach you more about the resources we have.

Resources to Start Your Business

We have an extensive list of databases that you can access with your IPPL card. Learn more here.

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

Darien Chamber of Commerce https://www.darien.il.us/Business.aspx

Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce http://www.burr-ridge.gov/edc-video/

Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage https://www.cod.edu/sbdc

Small Business Administration Illinois Office https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/il/chicago

Fox Valley SCORE http://www.score.foxvalley.org

Starting Your Business

Small Business Association Guide: https://www.sba.gov/business-guide

Starting a Business in Illinois: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/BeginHere/Pages/StepByStepGuide.aspx

Planning Your Dream

ReferenceUSA - A directory of over 25 million US and Canadian businesses and 89 million residential phone numbers. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists. IPPL card needed

Write Your Business Plan

Business Plans and Finance Templates from SBA’s SCORE

How to Write a Business Plan from the Small Business Administration

Market Research, Demographic, & Analysis Tools

Blue Book Marketing Research

Census Business Builder

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

Use appropriate keywords, such as “small business” to begin.

Small Business Administration State Profiles

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Your business may be eligible for seed money grants and banks make loans available for small businesses. Check these sources.

Loans and Grants info from the SBA

Illinois Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)

Grants from the Federal Government

Business Owner’s Toolkit – Getting Financing for Your Business

Business Owner’s Toolkit – Loans from Banks Export assistance for US Businesses

Naming Your Business

Choosing a name is part of the registration process. Use the naming sources below to choose an original name (and avoid trademark violation).

Advice on Naming Your Business

Corporate Name Database

Illinois Secretary of State

Small Business Association Register a Business Name

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Business Registration Application Forms

In order to operate your business, you’ll need to register with the state. Links to printable applications are below.

Illinois Business Registration Application

City of Darien Business License

Village of Burr Ridge Village of Willowbrook

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.

Business Owner’s Toolkit: Choosing a Form of Organization

EIN Application Form

Employer’s Tax Guide

Tax Guide for Small Businesses

Self-Employment Tax Center

Hiring and Employees

Federal OSHA

Hiring Employees: Illinois Dept. of Employment Security

News from Illinois Department of Labor

Procedures & News Illinois Department of Insurance

U.S. Small Business Association Hiring & Managing Guide

Your Intellectual Property

U.S. Patents & Trademarks Office

Copyright Registration

Export Assistance

For US Businesses export.gov:

Thomas Register of American