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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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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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Financial Times online

April 30, 2012 - A few patrons have asked recently how to read the Financial Times newspaper online. We have full-text access through one of our databases, and this brief tutorial explains how to find current (and archived) articles. Any questions, just contact us!

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Small Biz Website + Small Biz Book = Success

April 27, 2012 - Our weekend shelf pick and coordinating small business website should provide additional resources to help all small businesses meet any and all goals! Check this out:

It's Your Biz: The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss by Susan Wilson Solovic with Ellen R. Kadin. On our new book shelf now.


And, a website for those who heed the advice in this book: Website description:

Founded in 2003, Small Business Trends is an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them. It is one of the most popular independent small business publications on the web.

Together with hundreds of expert contributors, Small Business Trends brings you the news, tips, advice and resources you need. "Small business success... delivered daily."

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Barrington Business: Rainbow Records

April 18, 2012 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present Rainbow Records. The local business is home to thousands of new and used records, CDs and more. Co-owner John Thominet is a long-time Barrington resident and avid music fan. Rainbow Records will join many independent record stores across the country in celebrating Record Store Day on April 21. The store is located at 421 N. Northwest Highway, within walking distance from the library.

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State of Illinois Business Portal

April 18, 2012 - Find information for businesses on the following topics, brought to you by the State of Illinois:

- Run a Business: Finds links to information and resources for starting, running, expanding, relocating, or closing a business.

- Why Illinois?: Learn more about the state's first class workforce, unparalleled infrastructure, abundant energy resources, diverse landscape, key industries, quality living, and business incentive programs

- Data & Statistics: Find facts, figures, data, and statistics on topics such as the census, population, economy, infrastructure, or workforce.

- Registration, Licenses, & Permits: Browse links to information and resources on registering, incorporating, and obtaining licenses and permits.

- Laws & Regulations: Learn more about business laws and regulations in Illinois.

- Business Forms: Find many of the applications and forms your business needs.

- Finance & Taxes: Find information and resources on topics such as finance, costs, grants, loans, taxes, assistance, investment, and incentives.

- Agriculture & Industry: Learn more about agriculture, agri-business, economic and workforce development, and industries.

- State Procurement: Bid on contracts and learn how to sell goods, services, commodities, equipment, and supplies to the State.

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Barrington Business: Norton's USA

April 11, 2012 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present Norton's USA in our series of local business video profiles. Meet Deborah Leydig, proprietor, who supports American manufacturing by selling a wide variety of "Made in the USA" goods at her store. Norton's USA features a mix of household goods, clothing, games, and even pet supplies so there is truly something for everyone here. Stop by the shop on Lageschulte St. or visit Norton's USA online at

Read more about Norton's USA in today's Barrington Courier-Review.

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Barrington Business Profile: Sol Foods Natural Soaps

April 10, 2012 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present Sol Foods Natural Soaps in our series of local business video profiles. Meet Chicago artist Leelee, the owner Sol Foods Natural Soaps boutique in downtown Barrington. Leelee uses her creative genius to make handmade soaps and natural, vegan body products and cosmetics. Leelee also provides custom mink eyelash extensions. Shop online at and enjoy!

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"You're the Boss": The NYT Small Business Blog

April 10, 2012 - Where do you get your news, and which business blogs would you recommend to others? Here's one we recommend to small business owners (a lot of great content. Get active here - read articles and post comments for feedback and advice!):

"About This Blog

You’re the Boss offers an insider’s perspective on small-business ownership. It gives business owners a place where they can compare notes, ask questions, get advice, and learn from one another’s mistakes. Its contributors also interpret news events, track political and policy issues, and suggest investing tips."

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"The Innovator's Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth"

April 7, 2012 - Another weekend shelf pick on our New Book shelf right now.

From the publisher:

"...Despite the groaning shelves of books offering advice on innovation, most managers continue to struggle to create the profitable growth their companies need. The reason? The vast majority of management theories base their prescriptions on explanations of the past. When it comes to predicting successful innovation, a willingness to apply the empirical and  theoretical rigor of the scientific method to prove what will work in the real world has been notable by its absence.

Until now.


The book draws on the research of the New Business Initiatives (NBI) group at Intel, analyzing forty-eight new ventures that NBI researched, scrutinized, and ultimately funded. The group's success rate was comparable to venture capitalists throughout the industry-roughly 10 percent. However, when the principles of Disruption theory were applied to these forty-eight funded ventures in controlled experiments, the subjects' accuracy rates improved significantly-by almost 40 percent. [The author] replicated these experiments with more than 300 MBA students at schools in the United States and Canada, including Harvard, with even more impressive results: systematic improvements in predictive accuracy of up to 50 percent. In other words, not only is Disruption effective, it can be readily and successfully taught and applied."

Click here to place a hold in our catalog.

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