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December 18, 2014-


Entrepreneurs and business owners, take note: Tony Hseih, CEO of Zappos, an online shoe and clothing store, says that the key to success is focusing on your company's culture by investing in staff and customers. And Tony practices what he preaches: Zappos offers new hires a $2,000 bonus to quit so they can weed out people who are just there for a paycheck, its not uncommon for customers to receive random, surprise overnight shipping upgrades, and there is a strong emphasis on work-life integration. This culture of happiness explains why 80% of Zappos customers return.  Learn how you can incorporate this philosophy into your own budding business by checking out Delivering Happiness: A Path of Profits, Passion, and Purpose.



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December 17, 2014-

Throughout January, Harper College will have free workshops sponsored by the Workforce and Economic Development Center. Registration is mandatory. View workshops here.

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December 15, 2014-

Meet Christina Currie, owner of Christina Currie Events, Inc. She started her event planning business in 2004 after over 20 years of event planning experience for corporations. She has planned over 500 outstanding celebrations since 2004 and has been honored with the prestigious Chicago's NICE Awards for excellence. Christina shares her perspective on being a business owner and the qualities that are important for success. Learn more about Christina at


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December 10, 2014-

Thinking about selling products online? Learn about Etsy! Tomorrow, December 11 at 7:00 pm, we will have a workshop about getting starting with Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace where you can have fun, make money, and indulge 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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December 9, 2014-

Welcome to the second installment of the entrepreneur podcast series. Meet Paul Heinze, President of the Paul M. Heinze Company, and business owner for over 40 years. Paul discusses what it is like to be your own boss and why it is so important to maintain a balanced life as a business owner. Listen to his perspectives and advice for entrepreneurs.


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December 8, 2014-

There's still time to register for Library Resources for Entrepreneurs workshop, tomorrow December 9th at 7:00 pm. Learn about free resources for entrepreneurs available at the Barrington Area Library. Create targeted consumer, new home owner, and business lists, along with industry reports. Discover online training resources that boost your skills and expertise. Register here.

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December 5, 2014-

Meet Melinda of Billet-Doux Couture Stationery as the latest addition to the Business: It's Better in Barrington series. Melinda creates customized invitations, announcements, and stationery to accompany all of the celebrations in your life.


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December 3, 2014-

Meet Orlando Ceaser: motivational speaker, leadership expert, and President & CEO of Watchwell Communications, Inc. Orlando had over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry before he decided to found his own company. Now he inspires others to unlock their leadership greatness. Listen to his insights of leadership and being in control of your career path.


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December 2, 2014-

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you own your own business? Then, you've got to check out these TED Talks. Known for "ideas worth sharing", these twelve talks go over everything from leadership to getting your ideas known. These speakers will leave you inspired, invigorated, and ready get your business going!

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December 1, 2014-

Happy first day of the Barrington Area Library's winter entrepreneur series! Throughout December, January, and February we will have workshops, podcasts, and information focusing on inspiration and information for the entrepreneur. Here is just a sampling of what you can expect these next few months:

1) Workshops and programs from starting a business to marketing yourself. Make sure to register for tomorrow's workshop: Exploring Business Ownership and Franchise Opportunities. You can see other upcoming business programs in the winter newsletter.

2) Recommended reads and articles for the small business owner, solopreneur, and start-up professional.

3) Podcasts with local entrepreneurs and small business owners. Listen and learn to the ideas, inspiration, and tips from people who took the leap and started their own business.

Make sure to check this blog regularly for posts that will help you make your way up the entrepreneur ladder!

Questions? Contact Barbara Alvarez, the Business Liaison Librarian, at the Barrington Area Library at 847.382.1300 x3070 or

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