Business Resources @ Your Library

Whether you are looking for Business Resources, Investment Resources, Legal or Small Business and Entrepreneurial Resources and online training, the Plainfield Public Library has information that is available 24/7 right from your home. Your library card will help you access the information. Click here to find the information you may need. More questions? Please come to the Reference Desk or call 815-327-2515. Help is available.

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Free Small Business Mentoring by SCORE at the Plainfield Public Library

The Fox Valley Chapter of SCORE offers free mentoring sessions to small business owners and start-ups at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield, IL on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Space is very limited, and registration is required. Go to foxvalley.score.org, click on Book Now! and follow the steps to register at the Plainfield Public Library. SCORE is a nationwide, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the owners of existing and start-up businesses assure that their businesses grow and prosper.

Business Information and Online Instruction Sources @ Your Library

PrintThe Plainfield Public Library has several sources for your business needs whether it is information about starting a business, learning a language so you can reach out to more customers, learning new updated office products or adding information about stocks and bonds to your information base.  And there is even more.  On the Library webpage click on Online Resources to browse categories or click on Business & Personal Finance Resources to find lots of useful resources and instructional subjects to advance your business.  If you have questions, please contact the Library at (815) 327-2515 and help is available.

Business Source Premier @ your Library

PrintBusiness Source Premier is the industry’s most popular business research database, featuring the full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
Take a look at this online resource with your Plainfield library card and gain access to:

Academic Journals
Books/Monographs
Country Reports
Industry Profiles
Magazines
Market Research Reports
SWOT Analyses
Trade Publications
Working Papers

You can find this on the library’s webpage, here.

Article: 10 Tips for Better Business Writing

WritingNo matter what type of business or career you have, good writing skills are important.  Whether you usually write formal reports, informal Facebook posts or emails that fall somewhere in-between,   it is essential to get your point across clearly to the reader.

Forbes staff writer Susan Adams discusses some of the major elements of effective business writing.  For example, she recommends that business writers use active (rather than passive) verbs whenever possible;  include the main idea in the first paragraph to grab the reader’s attention; stick to an uncomplicated sentence structure so that the message can be quickly scanned; and avoid common grammatical errors like improper use of  “that” vs “which” or “affect” vs “effect”.

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