15 Great Business Websites You Should Be Reading Regularly

Richard Harroch says that one way to try to keep up with as much current information about small business topics as possible is to take a regular look at several business websites. Click here and find out what sites he suggests are valuable and will give you and your organization an edge.

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Business Source Premier @ Your Library

PrintBusiness Source Premier is the industry’s most popular business research database, featuring full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references are available back to 1998.
Take a look at this online resource using 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.

Use AtoZdatabases for Market and Company Research

AtoZlogoThe Plainfield Public Library has a helpful resource for business owners and market researchers called AtoZdatabases to search for jobs (powered by Indeed), research businesses and create mailing lists.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. This resource is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Some highlights:

Job Search & Résumé Templates
FREE iPad & iPhone App
15 Million Executive Emails
ONLY Triple-Verified Business Database
1,000 Record Downloads Internal & Remotely

Plainfield Library cardholders can access AtoZdatabases from home.  Cardholders from other libraries can check with their home libraries for access or may visit the Plainfield Library in person to use the resource on one of the public computers.

Check out brief video tutorials on their website to get started: http://www.atozdatabases.com/introvideos.

Questions?  Call the reference desk at 815-327-2515 or stop by in person for a demo.

Use AtoZdatabases for Market and Company Research

AtoZlogoThe Plainfield Public Library has a resource that will be helpful to business owners and market researchers called AtoZdatabases.   Use this resource to search for jobs (powered by Indeed), research businesses and create mailing lists.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Highlights include:

  • Job Search & Résumé Templates
  • FREE iPad & iPhone App
  • 15 Million Executive Emails
  • ONLY Triple-Verified Business Database
  • 1,000 Record Downloads Internal & Remotely

Plainfield Library cardholders can access AtoZdatabases from home.  Cardholders from other libraries can check with their home libraries for access or may visit the Plainfield Library in person to use the resource on one of the public computers.

Check out brief video tutorials on their website to get started: www.atozdatabases.com/introvideos.

Questions?  Call the reference desk at 815-327-2515 or stop by in person for a demo.

Use AtoZdatabases for Market and Company Research

AtoZlogoThe Plainfield Public Library has a resource that will be helpful to business owners and market researchers called AtoZdatabases.   Use this resource to search for jobs (powered by Indeed), research businesses and create mailing lists.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Highlights include:

  • Job Search & Résumé Templates
  • FREE iPad & iPhone App
  • 15 Million Executive Emails
  • ONLY Triple-Verified Business Database
  • 1,000 Record Downloads Internal & Remotely

Plainfield Library cardholders can access AtoZdatabases from home.  Cardholders from other libraries can check with their home libraries for access or may visit the Plainfield Library in person to use the resource on one of the public computers.

Check out brief video tutorials on their website to get started: www.atozdatabases.com/introvideos.

Questions?  Call the reference desk at 815-327-2515 or stop by in person for a demo.

November 6, 2014: “Essential Components for a Successful Website” presentation at Plainfield Library (IL)

PrintStrictly Business Lunch & Learn Series

Topic: Essential Components for a Successful Website

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Noon to 1:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield, IL 60544

Web designer Wilma Peters-Kramer defines successful elements in a website. Find out how to modernize the look of your website and use it as a marketing tool including tips on maintenance, updates, digital and multi-media consistency, readability, and more. You are welcome to bring your lunch, dessert and drinks provided. To register, please call 815-327-2515 or click here to register online.

This program is in partnership with the Plainfield Public Library District and the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Article: Small Businesses Have Their Own Social Network Today in Brazzlebox

InternetPixAccording to an online article in VentureBeat, there is now a new social media site targeted specifically to small and home-based businesses.

Called Brazzlebox, the site is free to join and use.  Businesses can post information about their products and services, contact other businesses, create groups based on industry or location, post to community bulletin boards and offer discounts.  However, there is a “no solicitation” policy and, unlike Angie’s List or Yelp, there are no reviews.  Some large companies, such as UPS Stores and ADP payroll services,  are reportedly joining as partners and may offer discounts to participating businesses.

Interested?  You can read the full article here.