startup Whether you’re looking to start, manage, or grow a local business, we have the tools to help you achieve your business goals. We can help you plan your dream.

Get a business library card

If you are a business owner in the Indian Prairie Public Library District, you can obtain a business library card. Your card is key to all the resources we offer our business community, including access to all of the online resources offered by the library available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from your home computer or tablet.

Use our business resources

Learn more about databases to give you access to demographic, learning, and financial information; tools you can use at the library including printers, copiers, fax machines, and computers; checkout the latest technology to assist you in planning for your business from our Tech Takeout collection; use our wide variety of magazines and newspapers, and take classes just for business owners.

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We are conveniently located minutes from I-55, and the perfect place to meet business associates. Or, if you just need a quiet place work, we have you covered. Book a room here

Co-work with us

Wednesdays, 8 a.m.- noon

Do you run a business from your home, freelance, work as a consultant, or just need someplace besides your kitchen table for business-related activities? Don’t rent expensive space- use ours for free alongside other entrepreneurs. Every Wednesday morning, come work with us. We perfect place to get work done. We have comfortable seating & table space; scanner that prints, emails, & faxes, noise-canceling headphones, professional librarians to assist you with information and research needs, and so much more.

Sign up for our enewsletter

Sign up for our enewsletter specifically geared toward businesses. Get information on upcoming programs, new books, business resources, and other updates delivered to your inbox 6-8 times a year.

Discover how we can help

Learn more about all the ways we can help you. Connect with our business librarian, Shirley Jensen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She can meet with you 1-on-1 to teach you more about the resources we have.

Resources to start your business

We have an extensive list of databases that you can access with your IPPL card. Learn more here.


Market Research, Demographic, and Analysis tools

Doing smart research is a great way to gain insight into your community’s demand for your product or service. You can pinpoint where to focus your marketing efforts, and to whom. You may find the following resources helpful:

  • Blue Book Marketing Research

    From the Marketing Research Association. Includes descriptions of fee-based marketing research companies, services, and facilities.

  • Census Business Builder

    Small Business Edition contains key data for business plans or to better understand potential markets. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time.

  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

    Newly available to the public, information produced by the CRS for the United States Congress. Continually updated to provide timely, objective, and authoritative research and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate. Use appropriate keywords, such as “small business” to begin.

  • QuickFacts

    Get the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau about the community where you live and do business.

  • ReferenceUSA

    ReferenceUSA

    Directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists.

    This resource supported through a generous donation from the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

  • Small Business Administration State Profiles

    Gather detailed information on small business at the state level, including demographics of owners, small business income, business turnover, and employment gains and losses by size of business.

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.


Local Partners

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Starting Your Business

Planning Your Dream

  • ReferenceUSA

    ReferenceUSA

    Directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists.

    This resource supported through a generous donation from the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

Write Your Business Plan

Financing

Your business may be eligible for seed money grants and banks make loans available for small businesses. Check these sources.

Naming Your Business

Choosing a name is part of the registration process. Use the naming sources below to choose an original name (and avoid trademark violation).

Business Registration Application Forms

In order to operate your business, you’ll need to register with the state. Links to printable applications are below.

Taxes and the IRS

To pay taxes on your business, you’ll need to file with the IRS. The IRS also provides a wealth of online resources for small business tax help.

Hiring and Employees

Your Intellectual Property

Export Assistance