We are here to help! We curated resources just for business owners to manage through the COVID-19 crisis, but if you have questions or need help, email tjs@ippl.info.


IPPL business connection

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. Connect with our business librarian, T.J. Szafranski, at tjs@ippl.info. He can meet with you 1-on-1 to teach you more about the resources we have.

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. Your 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.

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).

  • Investor's Business Daily

    Investor's Business Daily

    Available for in-library use only. Please ask a staff member to log you in. Find stock market news and analysis including research, charts, and videos. Investor's Business Daily website.

  • 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.

  • Reference Solutions formerly known as ReferenceUSA

    Reference Solutions formerly known as ReferenceUSA

    ReferenceUSA now has a new name: Reference Solutions. Directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading.

    This database is supported through a generous donation from the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

  • 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.

Hiring and Employees

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