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January 29, 2015-

Meet Blaine and Charlie, owners of Calibre Coffee. Blaine and Charlie purchased this existing business in February 2014 and share their insights into what it has been like buying a business that already existed and the importance of having a good relationship when you go into business with another person. Learn more about their business at


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January 27, 2015-

Meet FuntasTech: a group of seriously driven young business owners who can help you with your computers, tablets, and other electronic devices. Learn more about their business story and upcoming plans:


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January 26, 2015-

In the month of February, Harper College's Workforce and Economic Development Center will be offering free workshops at the Arlington Heights WorkNet Center and Harper Professional Center. Pre-registration is required. You can view workshops here.

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January 22, 2015-

Business owners and entrepreneurs: success means never running out of cash. Mark Lieberman, a serial entrepreneur who has started four businesses that have generated millions in profits, guides you through the financial tools necessary for forward planning, analysis, and cash management. Join us for this free workshop on Monday, January 26 in the Zimmerman Room. Register here.

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January 21, 2015-

Vern Jones, owner of Signarama, is the newest addition to the Business Podcast Series. After 34 years in corporate sales and marketing, Vern decided to be his own boss and has owned Signarama for four years. Learn about his path to business ownership and how he decided that owning a franchise was the best decision for him.


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January 20, 2015-

Did you know that the Barrington Area Library has two 3D Printers, a Cameo Cutter, and a Laser Cutter? Learn the basics of using these new tools and how to put them to work for your business or startup. See some examples and learn how to get started on your own! Register here.

You can learn more about the MakerLab, including tutorials and inspiration here.

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January 19, 2015-

You still have time to register for the upcoming round of free classes offered through Gale Courses. Barrington Area Library cardholders can enroll in courses ranging from beginning drawing to accounting & finance. Courses are offered once a month, span 6 weeks, and are led by an expert instructor who will be responsive to each student's learning needs. Next session begins January 21.

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January 15, 2015-

Meet Andrea Herran, owner of Focus HR. With over twenty years of experience in Human Resources both domestically and internationally, Andrea opened her own business nine years ago. Learn about the landscape of Human Resources, how businesses can create successful environments for their staff and clients, and advice on starting your own business.


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January 13, 2015-

Calling business owners, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and crafters: it's time to learn how to Etsy! On Thursday, January 15, the Barrington Area Library will host an Etsy for Beginners workshop. Etsy is an online marketplace where you can have fun and make money while indulging your passion for arts, crafts, vintage finds, fashion and more. See how to set up a business on the Etsy Web site, then showcase your treasures and start a viral sensation, build a customer base, and turn a hobby into an enterprise. View a number of successful Etsy businesses and learn their recipe for success. Register here.

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January 9, 2015-

If you're a business owner or job seeker, you need to check out Reference USA, a database to create targeted business and consumer lists that will help you connect with potential employers and grow your business- all with your Barrington Area Library card. The experts are Reference USA are hosting regular webinars this winter so you can learn how this database can help you and your business. Check out the webinar schedule here.

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