Whether you’re looking to start, manage, or grow a local business, we have the tools to help you achieve your business goals. We can help you plan your dream

Market Research, demographic and analysis Tools

Doing smart research is a great way to gain insight into your community’s demand for your product or service. You can pinpoint where to focus your marketing efforts, and to whom. You may find the following resources helpful:

  • Blue Book Marketing Research: From the Marketing Research Association. Includes descriptions of fee-based marketing research companies, services, and facilities.
  • Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition contains key data for business plans or to better understand potential markets. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time.
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports: Newly available to the public, information produced by the CRS for the United States Congress. Continually updated to provide timely, objective, and authoritative research and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate. Use appropriate keywords, such as “small business” to begin.
  • QuickFacts: Get the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau about the community where you live and do business.
  • ReferenceUSA : A directory of over 25 million US and Canadian businesses and 89 million residential phone numbers. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists. IPPL card needed
  • Gather detailed information on small business at the state level, including demographics of owners, small business income, business turnover, and employment gains and losses by size of business.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

Get a business library card

If you are a business owner in the Indian Prairie Public Library District, you can obtain a business library card (getacard.ippl.info.) You card is key to all the resources we offer our business community, including access to all of the online resources offered by the library available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from your home computer or tablet. Use our business resources Learn more about databases to give you access to demographic, learning, and financial information; tools you can use at the library including printers, copiers, fax machines, and computers; checkout the latest technology to assist you in planning for your business from our tech takeout collection; use our wide variety of magazines and newspapers, and take classes just for business owners.

Book a room and conduct your business here

We are conveniently located minutes from I-55, and the perfect place to meet business associates. Or, if you just need a quiet place work, we have you covered. Book a room here

Sign up for our enewsletter

Sign up for our enewsletter specifically geared toward businesses. Get information on upcoming programs, new books, business resources, and other updates delivered to your inbox 6-8 times a year.

Discover how we can help

Learn more about all the ways we can help you. Connect with our business librarian, Shirley Jensen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She can meet with you 1-on-1 to teach you more about the resources we have.

Resources to Start Your Business

We have an extensive list of databases that you can access with your IPPL card. Learn more here.

Local Partners Learn more about starting your business with our local business partners.

Darien Chamber of Commerce https://www.darien.il.us/Business.aspx

Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce http://www.burr-ridge.gov/edc-video/

Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage https://www.cod.edu/sbdc

Small Business Administration Illinois Office https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/il/chicago

Fox Valley SCORE http://www.score.foxvalley.org

Starting Your Business

Small Business Association Guide: https://www.sba.gov/business-guide

Starting a Business in Illinois: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/BeginHere/Pages/StepByStepGuide.aspx

Planning Your Dream

ReferenceUSA - A directory of over 25 million US and Canadian businesses and 89 million residential phone numbers. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists. IPPL card needed

Write Your Business Plan

Business Plans and Finance Templates from SBA’s SCORE

How to Write a Business Plan from the Small Business Administration

Market Research, Demographic, & Analysis Tools

Blue Book Marketing Research

Census Business Builder

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

Use appropriate keywords, such as “small business” to begin.

Small Business Administration State Profiles

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Your business may be eligible for seed money grants and banks make loans available for small businesses. Check these sources.

Loans and Grants info from the SBA

Illinois Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)

Grants from the Federal Government

Business Owner’s Toolkit – Getting Financing for Your Business

Business Owner’s Toolkit – Loans from Banks Export assistance for US Businesses

Naming Your Business

Choosing a name is part of the registration process. Use the naming sources below to choose an original name (and avoid trademark violation).

Advice on Naming Your Business

Corporate Name Database

Illinois Secretary of State

Small Business Association Register a Business Name

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Business Registration Application Forms

In order to operate your business, you’ll need to register with the state. Links to printable applications are below.

Illinois Business Registration Application

City of Darien Business License

Village of Burr Ridge Village of Willowbrook

Taxes and the IRS

To pay taxes on your business, you’ll need to file with the IRS. The IRS also provides a wealth of online resources for small business tax help.

Business Owner’s Toolkit: Choosing a Form of Organization

EIN Application Form

Employer’s Tax Guide

Tax Guide for Small Businesses

Self-Employment Tax Center

Hiring and Employees

Federal OSHA

Hiring Employees: Illinois Dept. of Employment Security

News from Illinois Department of Labor

Procedures & News Illinois Department of Insurance

U.S. Small Business Association Hiring & Managing Guide

Your Intellectual Property

U.S. Patents & Trademarks Office

Copyright Registration

Export Assistance

For US Businesses export.gov:

Thomas Register of American

On September 26, Lynda.com will be changing to LinkedIn Learning for Library. Below is a breakdown of how this transition is going to work. Please review the information carefully so you can be fully prepared for these changes. The changeover may take 12 to 18 hours and the new LinkedIn Learning product is expected to be up and running on September 27, but it could be sooner.

NOTEAll screenshots used below were provided by LinkedIn.

Why is Lynda changing?

LinkedIn has been running their own online learning platform, LinkedIn Learning, while also maintaining Lynda.com after acquiring it in 2015. They are now merging the two by taking everything from Lynda.com and moving it to LinkedIn Learning. This will get everything together on one platform rather than continuing to maintain two different platforms.

What will happen to my Lynda.com data?

All Lynda.com data will transfer to LinkedIn Learning, so you’ll be able to pick up where you left off. This includes your learning history and your certificates of completion. The data is tied to your library card, so once you create a profile for LinkedIn Learning you’ll be able to put in your card number and that will get your Lynda.com data added to your LinkedIn Learning account. Although the data will transfer, we recommend you download copies of your certificates of completion from Lynda.com before the change just to be safe.

Day of the change

As stated previously, this change will be occurring on Thursday, September 26th. Lynda.com will be down that day and could potentially be down for up to 18 hours; however they anticipate it will only take 2-2.5 hours for everything to be moved over to LinkedIn Learning. Once the transition is complete, we will update our Databases (All Topics) and Online Courses pages with a new link that takes you to LinkedIn Learning instead of Lynda.com. Any links to Lynda.com will redirect you to LinkedIn Learning. On your first visit to LinkedIn Learning, you will have to create a profile, or, if you already have a LinkedIn profile, use that information instead.

Creating a profile

Creating a profile for LinkedIn Learning means you will have to create a LinkedIn profile. Before you begin signing up for a profile, there will be a link to an article with steps on how to change your privacy settings once you make your profile. We strongly recommend you read through this article so you can get a better idea of how you want to set up your profile.

A breakdown of the profile creation process is below.

  • A sign in screen will come up. You can sign in using an existing LinkedIn profile if you want (if you have one) or you can create a new one by clicking on "Join now."

Screenshot of LinkedIn Learning sign in page

  • If you create a new profile, you first will have to type in your email address and create a password.
  • Next, you will have to provide your first and last name. This is the only information you’ll be required to provide.
    • If you were creating a LinkedIn profile through the regular LinkedIn website, you would be asked more questions to help fill in your profile page. For LinkedIn Learning for Library, these other questions are bypassed.
  • A verification code will be sent to your email address. Copy the code from your email to verify.
  • After that, enter your library card number and the PIN you use to log in to your library account (i.e. through the library's website/catalog).
    •  LinkedIn Learning does NOT store this information, they check this information against the library’s system to verify that you are in fact one of our patrons.
  • LinkedIn will then ask if you want to indicate any specific skills you want to learn. This is completely optional, you can click "Skip" if you don't want to do this. If you do this step, LinkedIn will have recommended courses on your LinkedIn Learning homepage that fit with the skills you have chosen.

Once your account is set up, you can choose how much or how little you want to have on your profile. There are essentially two types of profiles:

  • Complete profile: provide more information on your professional experience, education, and more. This option tends to be chosen when one wants to try to use LinkedIn to find jobs and incorporate completed courses into one's resume.
  • Obscure profile: provide little information and even choose to only show the first initial of your last name rather than the entire last name. This is a good option if you just want the bare minimum and only want to access the courses and not use LinkedIn in any other way.  

Screenshot of LinkedIn profile page

NOTE: Regardless of how much or little you put in your profile, you can change privacy settings using the steps from the article mentioned earlier. These settings include: whether or not your profile shows up in search results, what other LinkedIn users can and can’t see, and more.

Changes to the content

All of the courses that are on Lynda.com will transfer over to LinkedIn Learning. You will also gain access to the 13,000+ courses that were already on LinkedIn Learning, so there will be even more content. This additional content includes courses that are in languages other than English, such as French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese. All of the courses are still video-based and work the same as before. There is also a LinkedIn Learning mobile app and you will be able to use that as well.

There’s a lot of information here, but we wanted to make sure everything about this change was explained well and explained clearly. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to go to the Adult Ask Us Desk, call 630-887-0637 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..