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Mobilizing Women to Affect Change

April 23, 2014-

The Women's BizNet Committee of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a luncheon, Mobilizing Women to Affect Change, on Thursday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. at The Garlands of Barrington.

In 1990, Vicky Wauterlak founded Hands of Hope to globally respond to the needs of women and children. Vicky will share her experiences and insights with attendees. To register, click here or  call 847-381-2525.

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LinkedIn Networking and Marketing

April 22, 2014-

The Barrington Area Library will host "LinkedIn Networking and Marketing" for small business with Michael Yublosky from SCORE Chicago on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Michael will show you the ten steps that you can take to build your  brand with the features and tools that LinkedIn offers. This program will take place at 7 pm at the Barrington Village Hall (200 S. Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010). Parking is available in the lot on the west side of the Village Hall.

Please click here to attend this free event. Space is limited.

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Financial Boot Camp for Small Business Owners

April 17, 2014-

Small business owners: Harper College's Small Business Development Center will be hosting Financial Boot Camp for Small Business Owners in May. This series will help business owners manage their finances to optimize performance and successfully grow a business.

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Morningstar Financial Literacy Series

April 17, 2014-

Last month, Morningstar Investment Research Center hosted a workshop about retirement portfolio planning. If you missed the event, you can access the audio and slides here.

The Morningstar Financial Literacy Series will continue on June 19th with Dividend Paying Stocks at 5 pm. Register for free here.


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Chicago-area Networking Groups for Startups and Entrepreneurs

April 14, 2014-

On Sunday, April 13, the Barrington Area Library hosted Keith Weber of Emvion Inc. to discuss starting a tech business in Chicago. With experience in various start-ups, robotics labs, grants for small businesses, and pitch competitions, Weber discussed how technology and business meet.

Keith shared this list of networking groups in the Chicago-area that he recommends for those interested in startups. You can also reach Keith at

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Free Course! How to Build a Startup

April 10, 2014-

If you have an idea of a business model and want to learn some tools and tips on how to build a successful startup, check out this free course offered through Udacity.


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Barrington Business: Barrington Acupuncture Clinic

April 8, 2014-

Located at 215 S. Northwest Highway in Barrington, Barrington Acupuncture Clinic is a holistic healing center that provides natural and gentle treatment. Barrie Hinman, owner and practitioner of Barrington Acupuncture Clinic, shares her story here:

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Regional Business Expo

April 7, 2014-

Connect with over 100 local businesses and business owners from 12 participating Chambers at the Multi-Chamber Business Expo on Thursday, April 10th from 4:00-7:00 pm. The event will be held at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates. Admissions is free with your business card.  Click here for more information.

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SheBiz 2014: Women's Entrepreneur Forum

April 2, 2014-

Businesswomen and female entrepreneurs: Jeanne Malnati, Founder and CEO of The Culture Group, and Debbie Rivera, co-owner of the Ambrosia Euro American Patisserie, are hosting the second annual SheBiz event on Wednesday, April 9 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at the Makray Memorial Golf Course.

Click here for more information about the event and how to register.

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Business Liaison Available to Assist with Job Seeking and Growing your Business

April 1, 2014-

My name is Barbara Alvarez and I am the Business Liaison at the Barrington Area Library. I play a key role in connecting local business owners, employees, and job seekers to valuable library resources. Through specialized classes, curriculum, online resources and research assistance, the Barrington Area Library designs and delivers continuing education tools to the business community.

Whether you are a job seeker narrowing down a list of networking prospects, or a business owner wondering how your company measures up against your competition and within your industry, I can introduce you to the tools that you need to stay on top in today's economy. Create targeted business and consumer lists, monitor the stock market, submit an online resume or cover letter for fast professional review, or attend any of our free business and technology classes on topics ranging from using Windows 8.1 in the workplace to developing a marketing strategy.

In just a few months, the Barrington Area Library will unveil its new Business Center, a place to work, collaborate, research, and ramp your productivity up to the next level.

Please contact me to set up an appointment for your business or job search needs. I look forward to assisting you. You can reach me by phone at 847.382.1300 x3070 or by email at


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