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New business resource: FINTEL

November 25, 2013 - The Barrington Area Library now has access to FINTEL databases - Industry Metrics and Business Scorecard!

FINTEL Industry Metrics provide 1 year and 4 year industry benchmark reports. These help business owners and managers understand how their business performs in comparison to peers, and enables them to keep their finger on the pulse of their industry. The Industry Metrics Reports provide powerful and unique insights into over 2,500 industries, searchable by either NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) or SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes. FINTEL users can select national benchmarks or focus on a specific state or even county, as well as define the size of the companies for building the report to ensure "apple-to-apple" comparisons. Reports can be customized using advanced segmentation criteria such as age of firm, ownership type, and more. FINTEL maintains the largest database of industry information in North America, with financial data from over 1 million mostly privately held companies powering their tools. Whether researching the industry of a client or investment target, or investigating best practices of financial management among industry peers, FINTEL Industry Metrics offer a wealth of information to fit a wide range of research needs.

The FINTEL Business Scorecard takes about 5 minutes to complete, and allows businesses to compare performance with industry peers and competitors in terms of liquidity, profitability, efficiency, and growth. FINTEL guarantees confidentiality and data security.

Click HERE to access FINTEL Industry Metrics.
Click HERE to access FINTEL Business Scorecard.

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Barrington Business: JMK Simple Solutions

November 1, 2013 - Ever wish you had someone who could help you at home with your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other device? The Barrington Area Library is pleased to introduce Judy West and Mary Kay Lauderback, Barrington residents who founded JMK Simple Solutions to help you with all your technology challenges. Watch their video to learn more, and contact them directly at 847-370-1238 or

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Harper College's Workforce and Economic Development Workshops - December 2013

November 25, 2013 - Harper College's Workforce and Economic Development department has a variety of workshops  for job seekers during the month of December! Pre-registration is required for all events. No walk-ins will be accepted. To register, please visit:

Workshops & descriptions:

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Workshop: What Small Businesses Must Know About the Affordable Care Act

October 29, 2013 - The Barrington Area Library will host "What Small Business Must Know About the Affordable Care Act" workshop together with the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and SCORE Chicago on November 18, 2013. This workshop 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 session. Space is limited!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Master Internet Marketing with Norbert Barszczewski

October 10, 2013 - For those who were unable to attend the internet marketing workshop on September 25, here is a recording of the presentation:

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ReferenceUSA workshop

Free training workshop. Learn how to target companies, customers and employers using ReferenceUSA, one of our most popular and powerful online services. Official trainer Bob Zielinski leads this valuable session that will help you grow your business or reach your career goals. Register.
Thursday, October 24, 7 PM
Barrington Hills Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills.

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Harper College's WorkNet Center Workshops

October 2, 2013 - From the Arlington Heights WorkNet Center:

Workforce & Economic Development has a variety of workshops available for the month of October! Download a flyer with all the necessary workshop, location and contact information. Pre-registration is required for all events. No walk-ins will be accepted. To view the events, please visit:

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Resume review service

Did you know that you can upload resumes and cover letters to the Adult Learning Center and have them reviewed within 24 hours? Create an account, upload documents, wait, then log back in and download feedback. Here's how in detail:

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Career Stimulus @Harper College

Harper College Career Stimulus is offering a free program on September 27, 2013 (registration in advance required: View all details and program invitation by clicking here.

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Recruiters & other job seeker resources

Check out the Wall Street Journal's guide to finding recruiters in your niche to help with a job search. Also helpful are their links to guides on identifying hiring industries, building relationships with recruiters, and working with executive recruiters.

Forbes magazine has seven tips for perfecting your resume.

Mashable just posted "4 Easy Ways to Stay Prepared for a Job Search".

US News & World Report offers some advice on conquering interview jitters.

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