bizconnexlogo c web 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.

 

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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, scan/copy/fax service, 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.

Book a room and conduct your business herestartup

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

Cowork 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 provide the 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 BizConnection 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

Learn more about starting your business with our local business partners.startup2


Starting Your Business

Write Your Business Plan

Financing

Your business may qualify for seed money grants and banks also 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

Spring Incubation Project

Two dozen White Leghorn eggs are making their home in the library! The chickens should hatch in 21 days, around May 1. Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn more about incubation, eggs, and chickens. This project is sponsored by the Darien Dragons 4-H Club.chicky


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take a chicken egg to hatch?
A: It takes around 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch.

Q: What do you call a baby chicken?
A: A baby chicken is called a chick. It can also be called a pullet (young hen) or a cockerel (young rooster).

Q: What do you call a group of chickens?
A: A group of chickens is called a flock. A group of baby chicks is called a clutch or a peep. A group of hens is called a brood.

Q: What happens to the chickens next?
A: The chicks stay in the incubator for about 24 hours. They dry off and get stronger. Then will move them into the brooder, which is a safe, warm box where they have food and water there. The chickens will stay in the brooder for about 10 days. Then we will be taking them to live on a farm where they will continue growing until they are laying eggs of their own.

Q: Why aren't they eating yet?
A: Baby chicks don't need anything to eat or drink for about 48 hours after they've hatched. They absorb the yolk inside the egg just before they hatch so that they will have the energy they need to get out of the egg before they need food again.

Q: Where will they live forever?
A: Chicks will go to a farm in Warrenville. The lady raises them and collects the eggs.

Q: What happens to the eggs that don't hatch?
A: The 4H participants will open them to learn more about why they didn’t hatch and they we will dispose of them.

Q: Why don't they hatch?
A: There are so many reasons an egg may not hatch. The most common reasons are temperature, humidity, sickness, or if the was never fertilized.