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Barrington Business Profile: Barrington Martial Arts

February 2, 2012 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present Barrington Martial Arts in our series of local business video profiles. Meet Master Morris, the owner and an instructor of Barrington Martial Arts, which offers a wide range of martial arts and physical fitness classes for all ages. Barrington Martial Arts has resided in the Barrington Commons for the past 15 years. Visit them at for more information.


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"Thinking, Fast and Slow"

January 30, 2012 - The New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller list summarizes this book as follows: "The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions".

Place a hold on this in-demand title in our catalog today!

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Preparedness Planning for Your Business

January 27, 2012 - Even a "normal" winter blizzard can adversely affect local businesses. Business owners and stakeholders who have plan in place to ensure that customers and employees stay informed about products, services, deliveries, and availability will be a step ahead of their competition!

You can find in-depth information in this book: The disaster recovery handbook : a step-by-step plan to ensure business continuity and protect vital operations, facilities, and assets by Michael Wallace. Available at the library. Click the title to place a request.

For more information, visit to start planning for and protecting your business.


It is important to invest in a preparedness program. The following are good reasons:
- Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen. (Source: Insurance Information Institute)
- Customers expect delivery of products or services on time. If there is a significant delay, customers may go to a competitor.
- Larger businesses are asking their suppliers about preparedness. They want to be sure that their supply chain is not interrupted. Failure to implement a preparedness program risks losing business to competitors who can demonstrate they have a plan.
- Insurance is only a partial solution. It does not cover all losses and it will not replace customers.
- Many disasters — natural or human-caused — may overwhelm the resources of even the largest public agencies. Or they may not be able to reach every facility in time.
- News travels fast and perceptions often differ from reality. Businesses need to reach out to customers and other stakeholders quickly.
An Ad Council survey reported that nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents said they do not have an emergency plan in place for their business.

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"Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"

January 25, 2012 - Here's a book that's not a business book per se, but touches on many topics very relevant to businesses: sales, marketing, communication, collaboration, creativity, work styles, and power. It's well-researched and thought-provoking - we recommend!

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Place a hold in our catalog.

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"Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies"

January 12, 2012 - Need something to read? Inform and arm yourself and your business with Jim Stengel's book "Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies".

Excerpted from the book jacket: "Based on a unique ten-year growth study involving 50,000 brands, Jim Stengel shows how the world's fifty best businesses-as diverse as Method, Red Bull, Lindt, Petrobras, Samsung, Discovery Communications, Visa, Zappos, and Innocent-have a cause and effect relationship between financial performance and their ability to connect with fundamental human emotions, hopes, values, and greater purposes. In fact, over the 2000s, an investment in these companies-"The Stengel 50"-would have been 400 percent more profitable than an investment in the S&P 500.


Grow...deftly blends timeless truths about human behavior and values into an action framework-how you discover, build, communicate, deliver, and evaluate your ideals...[unlocking] the code for twenty-first-century business success."

Check the library catalog to reserve a copy.

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Entrepreneurs' New Year's Resolutions - Crain's Chicago Business

January 9, 2012 - Can other local small business owners' 2012 resolutions inspire or motivate you? Check out Crain's article profiling some goals for the New Year, plus recommendations from the experts here.

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America's Newspapers online database

August 7, 2013 - No time read the paper in the morning? Here's another great way to keep track of current business news:

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Barrington Business Profile: The Cultivated Canine

January 3, 2012 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present the first in a series of local business video profiles. Meet Barrington resident and Illinois' first KPA-certified trainer, Terri P. Tepper and her business, The Cultivated Canine.

If your business is located within the Barrington Area Library district and you are interested in having the library create a video profile for you, send us an email for more information!

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Atomic Learning - Software Training Videos Online

January 3, 2012 - Have a new computer at work that is a little intimidating? Or upgraded software?

Atomic Learning interactive database

Check out our Atomic Learning database for short video tutorials on how to use a variety of programs. You can access these training sessions at home or in the library.

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Welcome, Barrington Businesses!

January 3, 2012 - Welcome to the Barrington Area Library business page. This part of our website is dedicated to resources for local businesses. The library is a member of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and encourages other local businesses to join as well.


The Barrington Area Library offers business support in the form of

- business programs

- computer classes

- online databases and business and economics publications

- business books online

- small business promotion support

- current books and magazines in print on a wide range of business topics


Bookmark this page and stay current with the Barrington Area Library!


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