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August 27, 2014-

Meet Thomas Balsamo: photographer, film producer, author, philanthropist, and longtime Barrington resident. Owner of Portraits by Thomas, Mr. Balsamo shares his story of how he became a photographer and the many projects that he has been involved in.


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August 26, 2014-

With four million blog readers and a partnership with former Shark Tank investor Kevin Harrington, Romans’ personal success is a blueprint for blending your passion with the needs of the market. Learn more about Susie Romans, speaker, entrepreneur, and online income expert. Register for her upcoming class on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 pm at Barrington Area Library here.

What inspired you to start an online business?
I had my first taste of online career freedom when I started working remotely doing sales and marketing for small businesses. I knew that this type of work was where I wanted my career and future to go. The flexibility was perfect for me and my young family. I also learned quickly that the skills you need to do really well in a position online is all very simple to learn. We have so many tools at our fingertips that are needed to build our skillset and have an online career or business.

What is a really memorable experience that you've had in your online business endeavors?

So far, my most memorable experience in the business has been a conference where I got to meet several of my business superstar mentors and role models. This included Jack Canfield, Les Brown, former Shark Tank investor Kevin Harrington, and more! I also recall a few friends from high school who contacted me online and were shocked when they saw that some of my content had gone viral- it was pretty funny! I had to laugh and quote The Anchorman, "I'm kinda big deal."

How do you help other people get started in their own online business?

I currently help other people get started in their own online business through online educational platforms, video tutorials and tools, like "The Website Traffic Solution", and one-on-one training.

Everyday I work on new content to help my readers learn more. I also like to point my readers and clients to resources that have helped me in my own journey.

Anyone can do this, I really believe that. If you can start a Facebook account and set up a profile, you can go online and sign up for classes and build a business.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about family and leaving a legacy of inspiring other people to live life more fully. I am passionate about self education and technology because these days there are so many tools at our fingertips; we just have to be smart and make a plan in order to create the life that we love. I am passionate about helping other people see a bigger picture: if there is someone who is doing what you want, just model them and learn what you have to learn in order to make your ideal life your real life.

What are you most proud of?

I am really proud of myself for taking the reigns of my education and the fact that I never stopped learning even after graduating from college. I never liked traditional education so I started learning and training from private mentors, people in the business, and at seminars, conferences, and from books. I am proud of my perseverance and ability to get backed up every time I fail. I am proud of my blog that has reached millions of people. I'm proud to have a voice and to stand for what I believe in through my business and lifestyle.  

Susie Romans will be teaching ReInvent Yourself: Creating Your Own Business Path on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm at the Barrington Area Library. Register here.

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August 25, 2014-

With your Barrington Area Library card, you can now receive access to free, online courses with Gale Courses. Barrington Area Library cardholders can enroll in courses ranging from beginning drawing to accounting & finance. Courses are offered once a month, span 6 weeks, and are led by an expert instructor who will be responsive to each student's learning needs. 

Business courses include topics on business communication, leadership and management, sales and marketing, starting your own business, grant writing, and more! The latest session began on Wednesday, August 20th but participants can still enroll until Wednesday, September 3.

Start learning here.  Questions? Contact us at 847.382.1300 x1 or email

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August 21, 2014-

Harper College's Workforce and Economic Development Center is offering free workshops for the month of September at the Arlington Heights WorkNet Center. You can view the list of workshops here. Please note that pre-registration is required and will not be available on-site.

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August 20, 2014-

Calling all Barrington business owners:

Throughout the month of September, the Barrington Area Library will hand out mini tote bags filled with coupons from local Barrington businesses to patrons who register or renew their Barrington Area Library Card. An additional 50 tote bags will be raffled off to current library card holders. A total of 250 tote bags will be distributed.

If you are interested in submitting a coupon, you can drop them off (250 total) at the Barrington Area Library for Barbara Alvarez or email a master copy to and we can do the printing. It can be any coupon of your choice, so long as it is a deal or discount of some type. Coupons must be received by Wednesday, August 27th.


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August 18, 2014-

With your Barrington Area Library card, you can research company profiles, industry reports, the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a business, and see how your company compares to others- all for free with your library card.

View our step-by-step directions for the different business resources that we have that can help you in your job and business research.


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August 15, 2014-

Hub 83 will be offering a free lunch and networking opportunity on Wednesday, August 20th from 11:30-1:30. Meet other professionals and get questions answered with the Barrington Advisors Group. All participants will receive a free, 7 day pass for Hub 83. Find out more details and RSVP here.


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August 12, 2014-

There are still a few spaces left for Content Marketing: Today's Key To Getting Found On the Internet co-sponsored with SCORE Chicago. Learn the "hows" and "whys" of developing and presenting information that will solve people's problems and answer their questions through content marketing. Presented by Michael Yublosky in the Zimmerman Room at 7:00 pm. Register here.

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August 8, 2014-

On Sunday, August 10th, Cook Street Coffee will donate 10% of proceeds to Read to Feed, which benefits local Barrington food pantries. They are located at 100 E Station Street in Barrington. Learn more about Read to Feed here.

Also, you still have 1 week to enter your books for the Summer Library Club! Every book that you read goes toward the goal of 1,500 total books. Once that goal is met, the local businesses listed will donate a portion of their proceeds to local Barrington food pantries. Register here.

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August 7, 2014-

The Small Business Development Center at Harper College will host a three-session marketing boot camp beginning on September 16th. View the information here.

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