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  • Miss Manners minds your business
  • The power of negative thinking : an unconventional approach to achieving positive results
  • Contagious : why things catch on
  • The great deformation the corruption of capitalism in America
  • Who owns the future?
  • The buy side : a Wall Street trader's tale of spectacular excess
  • Die empty : unleash your best work every day
  • Compelling people : the hidden qualities that make us influential
  • Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

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QR codes for business

July 16, 2012 - QR codes have long been the rage in Asia and are finally catching on in the U.S. Learn how to leverage these useful and free tools to market your business and add value for your customers. Register here for this free library workshop.

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Coming Soon: Library Card Sign-Up Month

July 12, 2012 - Following us on twitter? If so, you might have seen how excited we are for fall:

If you are a Barrington area business interested in getting in on Library Card Sign-Up month action next year, email us your contact information.

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For Entrepreneurs: Crain's Video Contest

July 12, 2012 - Look what landed in our inbox: a Crain's Chicago Business video contest for entrepreneurs! Business owners, Crain's would like to know what a day in your life is like. Learn more by clicking here. Deadline: Friday, Aug. 17.

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App tip: Wisdom for Facebook

July 3, 2012 - Thanks to one of our patrons for tipping us off about this app: Business facebook users - have you tried this? Share your thoughts with us if so! Thanks!

"Wisdom™ for Facebook is a free collective intelligence application that gives you an unprecedented level of insight derived from the social graph of the Wisdom Network or your own. Wisdom is powered by the knowledge of millions of users.

Best of all, the more people who get Wisdom, the smarter the application gets – and the smarter you become! So tell your friends and download Wisdom today to gain access to one of the most powerful crowd-sourcing applications ever created!"

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Barrington Business: Christina Currie Events

June 15, 2012 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present a video profile of Barrington's own Christina Currie Events.

Christina is a veteran party and event planner with over 20 years of experience. Her boutique event planning business has won multiple awards, and is known for living up to its mission of "highest quality service for unforgettable events each and every time". See what she does here:

Learn about this video's production:

Stay tuned to find out more about Delack Media Group's upcoming presentation on business videos at the library this October! Details TBA.

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Shelf Alert: "How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things"

June 15, 2012 - Hot off the press and on our shelf right now:

Learn how cost saving, consensus-building, and risk analysis of ideas can benefit your business. Kirkus Reviews states, "The author claims that his method will increase profits - and they likely will" - with implementation of some of the recommendations in this book. Find it on our New Book Shelf or place a hold in our catalog.

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Library Program: Wordpress Websites

May 24, 2012 - Join us at the library on Thursday, June 21, at 8:30 a.m. for coffee, donuts, and a discussion about WordPress websites! Register here.

If you have considering using WordPress to build a website or are currently using it and finding some of the functions and help forums intimidating, Leah Richter of Richterworks Web Design and Development can help.

This seminar is for you if:
- you want to save money on a business site
- you have started a WordPress site but are running into issues and becoming frustrated
- you want to do specfic things with WordPress but don't know the possibilities

You will learn:
- fundamentales of how WordPress is organized
- WordPress terminology
- what it can do (simply)
- what it can't do (simply)
- potential trouble spots
- options

Register here.

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Barrington Business: Delack Media Group

May 23, 2012 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present another local business, the Delack Media Group. Nathan Delack brings extensive television experience along with 7 Emmys to businesses interested in adding videos to their marketing mix. If you are interested in benefits of video marketing, make sure to check them out! And, watch for Delack's upcoming program on video creation at the library in October.

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What You Need to Know About Franchises

May 19, 2012 - Have you ever considered a franchise as a way of starting and owning your own business? If so, this upcoming morning workshop co-sponsored with SCORE Chicago is for you! Ask any and all of your franchising questions to the expert at the library, John McLellan of FranNet, over coffee and donuts. Peg Blanchard, Director of Economic and Community Development for the Village of Barrington, will conclude the meeting with information about starting a franchise in Barrington and an overview of services the Village can provide to new businesses.


Tuesday, June 19, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Zimmerman Room. Registration required.

Business Breakfast: “Owning Your Own Business: Straight talk about franchising”

·         Explore the possibilities of how to finance a franchise business.

·         Hear opportunities on how to replace your six figure income.

·         Why some franchises fail—what is trending and why

·         Learn how to finance your business (safely & without penalty) using 401k or IRA money.

·         With $50,000 and good credit…you can own a franchise.

·         Learn about franchise opportunities in the Chicago area

Presenter: John J. McLellan, President, FranNet Chicago.
One of Chicago’s most experienced franchise professionals, John McLellan has over 25 plus years of franchising experience. He has worked with franchisors both large and small including McDonald’s, Wendy’s International, Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, 1-800 DryClean and others. John has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs find the right franchise business that fits their lifestyle, budget, and financial goals. FranNet specializes in assisting individuals replace six figure incomes through opportunities in franchising both in the Chicago area and throughout the United States. Register here.

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Take Your Business Online: Library Workshop

May 8, 2012 - Barrrington businesses, don't miss this workshop next week about the skills and strategies you need to take your business online (or enhance your current online presence). Presented by the Barrington Area Library and SCORE Chicago. Register here.

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