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The MPEI E-Newsletter contains information on upcoming workshops,  webinars, and advice - with an exclusive entrepreneurial focus. Subscribing is free and takes less than a minute.

Recently Published E-newsletters

February 2020 | It's National Entrepreneurship Week, Learn LinkedIn, MPEI Podcasts

November 2019 | MPEI Celebrates #SmallBizSat, 10 Ways to Use Small Business Saturday to Boost Your Sales

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Business Resource Guide

MPEI's award-winning Business Resource Guide will help you open a business from start to finish. Learn filing requirements, regulations, and contact information from the local to Federal level. Hard copies available at Village Hall, Mount Prospect Public Library and the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce offices. 

Online Resources

Entrepreneurship 101

Small Business Administration | Resources to Plan, Launch, Manage or Grow your business - the SBA Business Guide has information for all stages of entrepreneurship. Discover Funding Programs or take a free online course through the SBA's Learning Center

AllBusiness.com | One of the world’s largest online resources for small businesses, providing essential tools and resources to start, grow, and manage your business. Articles are quick, informative and cover a wide-range of topics including

Mentors and Local Workshops

A2A - Access to Advisors | MPEI's very own list of successful business owners, available to help offer advice to those just starting out. Learn from the locals!

SCORE Chicago | With over 120 experienced business mentors and consultants provide services locally, including the Mount Prospect Public Library! Refer to the MPEI Business Event Calendar for future SCORE mentor meeting times.  SCORE also offers free and low-cost business education workshops on a wide range of topics, from insurance and financing to website and social media marketing, in the downtown office and in community locations.

Marketing and Demographics

American Marketing Association | Offers free downloadable e-books and online guides on consumer patterns, social media and traditional marketing, and entrepreneurial productivity.

United States Census Bureau | Learn how to access statistics about your market, customers, and other business like yours. The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format.  CBB's Small Business Edition is built primarily for small business owners who need key data for their business plan or to better understand their potential market. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time. It's even optimized for your smartphone or tablet!


Web Resources - Online Databases from MPPL

MP Public Library Spring 2012There are several business-oriented web resources available for free through the Mount Prospect Public Library. These databases are subscription-based to the general public, but are available online, for free, to anyone with a Mount Prospect Public Library Card. Don't have a MPPL card? Stop by the library to use the databases on site. Here are a few of the library's web resources specifically for entrepreneurs:

Business Insights: Global | Contains market research reports, case studies, industry profiles, and more.

DemographicsNow (Gale Business) | Demographic data, ideal for gaining consumer and market insight. Online tutorial available without login.

Plan Builder (Gale Business) | Formerly Gale Small Business Builder. Designed to help entrepreneurs create a professional Business Plan. Good for nonprofits as well.

USA Trade Online | Access U.S. export and import data. See Reference Desk for login information. Please ask at the Reference Desk for login information; this resource is only available inside the library.

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