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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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January 9, 2015-

If you're a business owner and job seeker, you need to check out Reference USA, a database to create targeted business and consumer lists that will help you connect with potential employers and grow your business- all with your Barrington Area Library card. The experts are Reference USA are hosting regular webinars this winter so you can learn how this database can help you and your business. Check out the webinar schedule here.

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January 8, 2015-

Here is the latest addition to our Barrington Area Library's Entrepreneur Podcast Series: a conversation with Eleanor Sweet. Eleanor Sweet has started seven successful businesses and works with Corporate America in helping strengthen executive teams. Eleanor is a nationally recognized coach, author, speaker, trainer, recruiter, and consultant. Listen to Eleanor share her insight into adapting your business to a changing economy and the critical advice that entrepreneurs need to hear. Learn more about Eleanor at


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January 7, 2015-

We had a great night learning how to podcast! If you couldn't make it to the workshop, you can access the step-by-step directions here. Feel free to get in touch with Business Liaison Librarian, Barbara Alvarez at 847.382.1300 x3070 or if you have any questions!

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January 6, 2015-

Have you been enjoying the Entrepreneur Podcast Series? Then it's time to learn how to make a podcast of your own. You don't have to be a major radio personality to broadcast your message. Business Liaison Barbara shows you how to easily create audio recordings to promote your business, share your expertise, or talk about your favorite hobby- for free. No registration necessary- just drop in. Come to the Business & Technology Center tomorrow, January 7th at 6:00 pm.



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Monday, January 5-

You may have already realized that you can access the historical New York Times (1851-2009) with your Barrington Area Library card. But you may not have known that you can also access articles since then, including the daily paper, by using LexisNexis. Follow these step-by-step directions to find how you can start reading and researching right now.


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January 2, 2014-

Get ready for a new year and new skills to acquire! On January 21, you can start taking the latest Gale Courses, available with your Barrington Area Library Card. 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. 
Introduction to QuickBooks is available here.

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December 30, 2014-

Barrington business community: thank you for a wonderful year working together! We're looking forward to all of the workshops, networking opportunities, classes, and more that are planned for 2015. Feel free to get in touch with Barbara Alvarez, Business Liaison Librarian, for business and job seeker training opportunities, speaking engagements, workshops, and one-on-one appointments. You can reach her by email or at 847.382.1300 x3070.

Also, make sure to check out these important business resources that are available with your Barrington Area Library card:

Read and subscribe to our Business Blog

Meet local business owners and get inspired with the Business: It's Better in Barrington video series

Listen to our new, ongoing Entrepreneur Podcast Series

Get some serious research accomplished with the Business, Careers, Technology databases and step-by-step directions

Check out our calendar for upcoming workshops and subscribe to our business e-blast

Receive email notifications about the latest and greatest business books

Happy 2015!


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December 19, 2014-

The Saint Hubert Job and Networking Ministry offers free, non-denominational workshops for those looking for careers in any field or industry. See upcoming free workshops and classes from January-May 2015 here.


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December 18, 2014-


Entrepreneurs and business owners, take note: Tony Hseih, CEO of Zappos, an online shoe and clothing store, says that the key to success is focusing on your company's culture by investing in staff and customers. And Tony practices what he preaches: Zappos offers new hires a $2,000 bonus to quit so they can weed out people who are just there for a paycheck, its not uncommon for customers to receive random, surprise overnight shipping upgrades, and there is a strong emphasis on work-life integration. This culture of happiness explains why 80% of Zappos customers return.  Learn how you can incorporate this philosophy into your own budding business by checking out Delivering Happiness: A Path of Profits, Passion, and Purpose.



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December 17, 2014-

Throughout January, Harper College will have free workshops sponsored by the Workforce and Economic Development Center. Registration is mandatory. View workshops here.

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