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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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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


ReferenceUSA for Job Seekers

March 21, 2012 - Another free webinar from ReferenceUSA for those in the job market:

Title: Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Wednesdays (4 April – 27 June)

Time: choose between 10:00 AM Central (1 Hour) or 2:30 PM Central (1 Hour)

Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy.  Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.

Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.

To register for any of the session dates, follow the links below:

Uncover the Hidden Job Market (Morning Session)

Uncover the Hidden Job Market (Afternoon Session)

Due to scheduling conflicts, some dates and times may not be available.

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Learn how to search ReferenceUSA!

March 21, 2012 - Alert for all business users of ReferenceUSA: the database providers will be hosting a series of webinars on searching, job hunting, business development, and map functionality.

If you've never used ReferenceUSA, this is a great time to learn how. If you are a regular user, pick up some new tips!

Click on the link below to register.

Title: Search Essentials: the 4 things you need to know

Day/Date: Fridays (13 April - 29 June)

Time: 11:00 AM Central (1 hour)

Designed for the patron new to using ReferenceUSA; this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA.  The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource.  This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques.

Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.

Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.

To register for any of the session dates, follow the link below:

ReferenceUSA Search Essentials

Due to scheduling conflicts, some dates and times may not be available.

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Bookkeeping tips from AIPB

March 16, 2012 - The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers ( offers some free services for small businesses on their website, including an email tip of the week, job listings, and a list of accounting, bookkeeping, and tax links.

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Wall Street Journal: Online Access

March 15, 2012 - Didn't receive your paper today? Stay on top of Wall Street Journal news with online access from the library. Log in here with your Barrington library card, click the link to "Publications", then click the link to "Wall Street Journal" and finally "View most recent issue". This will pull up the full text of the current day's articles! You can search past issues for specific articles or features as well.

Need help? Contact us and we'll be glad to make sure you have database access!

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Books 24x7

March 13, 2012 - Full text electronic books available from the Barrington Area Library on a range of business and computer/technology topics.

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More Small Business Resources

March 12, 2012 - Links to small business publications from Most are free, one or two have a small fee for downloading. PDF versions require Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download here) for viewing.

A few of our recommended reads:

Buying a Franchise: A Consumer Guide - Want to start your own business? Find out about the benefits of franchise ownership, the limitations, choosing the best franchise for you, and investigating franchise offerings. (Even more information on franchising opportunities can be found in the booklist on the left side of this page. See "biz books").
How to Write A Business Plan - What you need to know to write a good plan at the start. It can save your business down the line.
Planning and Goal Setting for Small Businesses - Learn about the "Management by Objectives" approach to running a business
Marketing for Small Business: An Overview - An overview of marketing concepts along with an extensive bibliography.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration

March 8, 2012 - Barrington small businesses: don't forget about the SBA website! This website is a wealth of information - everything from starting or managing a business, tax  tips, government contracts, financing and microloans, to consulting services at SBDC offices can be found here. For further information, contact one of the local SBA or SBDC offices.

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At the Library: Book Display for Entrepreneurs

March 5, 2012 - Just a quick FYI: next time you stop in the library, check out the display of books especially for businesses and entrepreneurs next to our coffee area! We are featuring a variety of titles on HR, management, sales, marketing, and social media for your information. Enjoy!

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"All Business is Local: Why Place Matters More Than Ever in a Global, Virtual World"

February 28, 2012 - Since yesterday's featured book is now checked out, here's another hot new title on our shelf right now: "All business is local : why place matters more than ever in a global, virtual world"

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Read the Kirkus Review of this book - described as a successful "marketing instruction manual for small business owners".

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