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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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The Enemy of Engagement: Put an End to Workplace Frustration - and Get the Most from Your Employees

April 2, 2012 - Here's a Monday shelf pick for businesses interested in "reducing frustration and improving productivity". From the publisher:

"...The Enemy of Engagement analyzes workplace frustration in detail and pinpoints solutions. Based on original research conducted by the prestigious Hay Group, the book uncoves the face that the organizational barriers that are the root cause of frustation can't be fixed with splashier leadership or more engaged employees. What's needed are informed, targeted management practices that enable employees to do their jobs...."

On our new book shelf now, but you can also place a hold by clicking here.

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Just a few spots left...!

April 2, 2012 - Reposting since we've opening up a few more seats (due to high demand). If you want to learn more about / polish your sales technique - make sure to register! We'll see you Thursday evening.

- Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7-8:30 pm: Selling in the 21st Century - The Art of Selling Without Selling. Have you ever wondered why business development is so tough these days? Just try to get past a gatekeeper or attempt to knock on doors in a high-rise. Recession aside, buyers have never been so difficult to nail down. Why is this happening and how can we more effectively win new business? In this interactive seminar, Jim Sheehan of Sales Results, Inc. will explain how "sales" is dead. His new model called "The Art of Selling Without Selling" describes a more fluid and comfortable way to get in the door and walk a prospect through a buying decision. Mr. Sheehan represents Sales Results, Inc. as a Senior Advisor and Performance Coach. Prior to joining Sales Results, Jim enjoyed a 25 year career in sales, small business ownership, and marketing and business management. Jim believes that his calling in life is to coach and teach business professionals a better way to develop new business and grow their business successfully. Jim has a degree from Eastern University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Business Management. Register here.

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Investors: Did you know...

March 27, 2012
...the Barrington Area Library's subscription to Morningstar (scroll down: alphabetical listing) also provides information and training on database usage, guides on investment topics, and also 10-minute courses on stocks, funds, and portfolios? Log into the Morningstar database, then click on the Help and Education menu option.

Here is how to access the monthly training webinar. Please note you will need internet access and a separate telephone line to attend. Registration in advance is not required.

Morningstar Monthly Session
First Thursday each month at 11am Central Time.
Click here to attend
Dial 800-549-9585. Use conference code 400 519 7

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Weekend Shelf Pick: Business and the Grateful Dead

March 24, 2012 - Looking for a fun business book for inspiration over Spring Break? On our shelves now: "Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons From a Long, Strange Trip"

Click the title or book cover image to place a hold.

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ReferenceUSA for Business

March 21, 2012 - Here is information and a registration link to ReferenceUSA's webinar on using the database for business development.

Title: Start, Manage, Grow!  How Businesses can use ReferenceUSA
Day/Date: Mondays (2 April – 25 June)
Time:  2:30 PM Central (1 Hour)
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. Topics include:
  • - research prospects and prospective clients
  • - locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
  • - network with other businesses in your area or in your industry
  • - develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities
  • - understand community demographics
  • - survey locations for expansion
  • - conduct competitive analysis
  • - locate subject manager experts and professional services
  • - source new employees
  • - find investors, venture capitalists and angels
  • - plan delivery routes and service areas
Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.
To register for any of the session dates, follow the link below:
Due to scheduling conflicts, some dates and times may not be available.
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Even more ReferenceUSA...

March 23, 2012 - Last but not least, here are a few more free webinars that could be helpful for ReferenceUSA users. Register for database training on using maps, finding people and prospects, and more: Add a comment


ReferenceUSA for Job Seekers

March 21, 2012 - Another free webinar from ReferenceUSA for those in the job market:

Title: Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Wednesdays (4 April – 27 June)

Time: choose between 10:00 AM Central (1 Hour) or 2:30 PM Central (1 Hour)

Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy.  Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.

Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.

To register for any of the session dates, follow the links below:

Uncover the Hidden Job Market (Morning Session)

Uncover the Hidden Job Market (Afternoon Session)

Due to scheduling conflicts, some dates and times may not be available.

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Learn how to search ReferenceUSA!

March 21, 2012 - Alert for all business users of ReferenceUSA: the database providers will be hosting a series of webinars on searching, job hunting, business development, and map functionality.

If you've never used ReferenceUSA, this is a great time to learn how. If you are a regular user, pick up some new tips!

Click on the link below to register.

Title: Search Essentials: the 4 things you need to know

Day/Date: Fridays (13 April - 29 June)

Time: 11:00 AM Central (1 hour)

Designed for the patron new to using ReferenceUSA; this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA.  The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource.  This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques.

Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.

Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.

To register for any of the session dates, follow the link below:

ReferenceUSA Search Essentials

Due to scheduling conflicts, some dates and times may not be available.

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Bookkeeping tips from AIPB

March 16, 2012 - The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers ( offers some free services for small businesses on their website, including an email tip of the week, job listings, and a list of accounting, bookkeeping, and tax links.

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Wall Street Journal: Online Access

March 15, 2012 - Didn't receive your paper today? Stay on top of Wall Street Journal news with online access from the library. Log in here with your Barrington library card, click the link to "Publications", then click the link to "Wall Street Journal" and finally "View most recent issue". This will pull up the full text of the current day's articles! You can search past issues for specific articles or features as well.

Need help? Contact us and we'll be glad to make sure you have database access!

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