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  • Miss Manners minds your business
  • The power of negative thinking : an unconventional approach to achieving positive results
  • Contagious : why things catch on
  • The great deformation the corruption of capitalism in America
  • Who owns the future?
  • The buy side : a Wall Street trader's tale of spectacular excess
  • Die empty : unleash your best work every day
  • Compelling people : the hidden qualities that make us influential
  • Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

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"You're the Boss": The NYT Small Business Blog

April 10, 2012 - Where do you get your news, and which business blogs would you recommend to others? Here's one we recommend to small business owners (a lot of great content. Get active here - read articles and post comments for feedback and advice!):

"About This Blog

You’re the Boss offers an insider’s perspective on small-business ownership. It gives business owners a place where they can compare notes, ask questions, get advice, and learn from one another’s mistakes. Its contributors also interpret news events, track political and policy issues, and suggest investing tips."

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"The Innovator's Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth"

April 7, 2012 - Another weekend shelf pick on our New Book shelf right now.

From the publisher:

"...Despite the groaning shelves of books offering advice on innovation, most managers continue to struggle to create the profitable growth their companies need. The reason? The vast majority of management theories base their prescriptions on explanations of the past. When it comes to predicting successful innovation, a willingness to apply the empirical and  theoretical rigor of the scientific method to prove what will work in the real world has been notable by its absence.

Until now.


The book draws on the research of the New Business Initiatives (NBI) group at Intel, analyzing forty-eight new ventures that NBI researched, scrutinized, and ultimately funded. The group's success rate was comparable to venture capitalists throughout the industry-roughly 10 percent. However, when the principles of Disruption theory were applied to these forty-eight funded ventures in controlled experiments, the subjects' accuracy rates improved significantly-by almost 40 percent. [The author] replicated these experiments with more than 300 MBA students at schools in the United States and Canada, including Harvard, with even more impressive results: systematic improvements in predictive accuracy of up to 50 percent. In other words, not only is Disruption effective, it can be readily and successfully taught and applied."

Click here to place a hold in our catalog.

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SCORE Breakfast Seminar for Local Businesses

April 3, 2012 - Invitation to a SCORE breakfast seminar for local businesses.

"Maintaining Your Reputation in the Digital World" presented by Mark Goodman

In today's age of instant feedback and constant connectivity, it is more important than ever to maintain good customer service. This workshop covers the five critical keys to maintaining good customer relationships, both online and off, and how business owners can encourage customer relationship-enhancing incentives throughout their organization.

7:30-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - Biltmore Country Club, 160 Biltmore Dr, North Barrington, IL 60010

7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - Hyatt Place, 2750 Greenspoint Pkwy, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Inverness Country Club, 102 N Roselle Rd, Inverness, IL 60067


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The Enemy of Engagement: Put an End to Workplace Frustration - and Get the Most from Your Employees

April 2, 2012 - Here's a Monday shelf pick for businesses interested in "reducing frustration and improving productivity". From the publisher:

"...The Enemy of Engagement analyzes workplace frustration in detail and pinpoints solutions. Based on original research conducted by the prestigious Hay Group, the book uncoves the face that the organizational barriers that are the root cause of frustation can't be fixed with splashier leadership or more engaged employees. What's needed are informed, targeted management practices that enable employees to do their jobs...."

On our new book shelf now, but you can also place a hold by clicking here.

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Just a few spots left...!

April 2, 2012 - Reposting since we've opening up a few more seats (due to high demand). If you want to learn more about / polish your sales technique - make sure to register! We'll see you Thursday evening.

- Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7-8:30 pm: Selling in the 21st Century - The Art of Selling Without Selling. Have you ever wondered why business development is so tough these days? Just try to get past a gatekeeper or attempt to knock on doors in a high-rise. Recession aside, buyers have never been so difficult to nail down. Why is this happening and how can we more effectively win new business? In this interactive seminar, Jim Sheehan of Sales Results, Inc. will explain how "sales" is dead. His new model called "The Art of Selling Without Selling" describes a more fluid and comfortable way to get in the door and walk a prospect through a buying decision. Mr. Sheehan represents Sales Results, Inc. as a Senior Advisor and Performance Coach. Prior to joining Sales Results, Jim enjoyed a 25 year career in sales, small business ownership, and marketing and business management. Jim believes that his calling in life is to coach and teach business professionals a better way to develop new business and grow their business successfully. Jim has a degree from Eastern University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Business Management. Register here.

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Investors: Did you know...

March 27, 2012
...the Barrington Area Library's subscription to Morningstar (scroll down: alphabetical listing) also provides information and training on database usage, guides on investment topics, and also 10-minute courses on stocks, funds, and portfolios? Log into the Morningstar database, then click on the Help and Education menu option.

Here is how to access the monthly training webinar. Please note you will need internet access and a separate telephone line to attend. Registration in advance is not required.

Morningstar Monthly Session
First Thursday each month at 11am Central Time.
Click here to attend
Dial 800-549-9585. Use conference code 400 519 7

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Weekend Shelf Pick: Business and the Grateful Dead

March 24, 2012 - Looking for a fun business book for inspiration over Spring Break? On our shelves now: "Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons From a Long, Strange Trip"

Click the title or book cover image to place a hold.

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ReferenceUSA for Business

March 21, 2012 - Here is information and a registration link to ReferenceUSA's webinar on using the database for business development.

Title: Start, Manage, Grow!  How Businesses can use ReferenceUSA
Day/Date: Mondays (2 April – 25 June)
Time:  2:30 PM Central (1 Hour)
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. Topics include:
  • - research prospects and prospective clients
  • - locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
  • - network with other businesses in your area or in your industry
  • - develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities
  • - understand community demographics
  • - survey locations for expansion
  • - conduct competitive analysis
  • - locate subject manager experts and professional services
  • - source new employees
  • - find investors, venture capitalists and angels
  • - plan delivery routes and service areas
Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.
To register for any of the session dates, follow the link below:
Due to scheduling conflicts, some dates and times may not be available.
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Even more ReferenceUSA...

March 23, 2012 - Last but not least, here are a few more free webinars that could be helpful for ReferenceUSA users. Register for database training on using maps, finding people and prospects, and more: Add a comment