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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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November 28, 2014-

Throughout the months of December, January, and February, attend workshops, programs, and resources specifically for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners.

On December 2nd at 7:00 pm attend the workshop Exploring Business Ownership and Franchise Opportunities for New Entrepreneurs co-hosted with SCORE Chicago. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of starting your own business vs buying an existing business or franchise. John McLellan, President of FranNet's Chicago branch, discusses demographic trends, finding the best business for you, and financing options.

Register here.

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November 26, 2014-

This Saturday, November 29th support Barrington businesses by shopping locally for Small Business Saturday. As described on the Barrington Village website, "Small Business Saturday is a national movement that marks a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods around the country."  Make sure to check out our Business: It's Better in Barrington video series for information on local Barrington businesses!

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November 21, 2014-

Harper College's Workforce and Economic Development Center is providing free workshops this December for professionals. Registration is required for all events and no on-site registration will be available. You can look at upcoming programs and workshops here.

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November 20, 2014-

In the latest addition to our Business: It's Better in Barrington series, Insignia Kitchen & Bath Design share their showroom and discuss their design possibilities!


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November 16, 2014-

Tomorrow, November 17 at 7:00 PM, the Barrington Area Library will be hosting the invaluable workshop Business Plan: Essential Roadmap, co-sponsored with SCORE Chicago. This workshop covers the essential elements of business plan development, including setting goals and objectives, preparing marketing and financial plans and defining action steps to attain your goals. Register here.


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November 11, 2014-

Think Big, Go Local, a digital marketing agency based in the Chicago area, is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, November 12 at 3:00 PM CST. Reputation Marketing: Is Your Reputation Helping or Hurting Your Business? will discuss how you can use your online ratings to get more customers, boost your SEO, and improve existing relationship with clients. Register here.  

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