L2B Communications
Librarian to Business: A Note from Beth Clower
I am always available for one-on-one appointments to show you how to use the library’s catalog and online resources, or answer your technology questions. I can instruct a group on the physical and online resources available to business owners or provide one-on-one instruction, whether at the library or at your business. Send me an e mail or give m e a call .

With a business library card , you get remote access to our online digital resources for businesses, you can reserve our Media Lab or Shakespeare room , and only business library card holders can reserve a study room for two hours. 
Upcoming Programs
Glen Ellyn Non-Profit Connection Meeting
Wednesday, February 19 | 10-11:30 am
Connects non-profits through networking and education. Open to all non-profit Chamber Members. Non-profits who are not members of the Chamber can attend a meeting to be introduced to the program and Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce membership. Reserve your spot for Glen Ellyn Non-Profit Connection Meeting.
Business Mentoring
Wednesday, February 19 | 6:30-7:30 pm, 7:30-8:30 pm
Schedule an hour-long one-on-one session with a SCORE mentor to discuss your individual business challenges and questions. Reserve your spot for Business Mentoring .
LinkedIn 101
Wednesday, February 19 | 7-8:30 pm
Make the most of your LinkedIn professional connections page for better networking and easier job hunts. Reserve your spot for LinkedIn 101 .
Do You Know? It's not always easy to figure out what's deductible and what's not
As a business owner, you may take all legitimate business expenses as tax deductions, to reduce your business tax. But some business tax deductions are easier to figure out than others.

How Do Yo u? Compete with Amazon
[W]hile it might all seem futile at a glance; it is still possible for an small business to compete against Amazon favorably. There are some limitations to the model of shopping provided by this giant that can be exploited to ensure successful operations. With that said, take a look at seven things a small business can do to give Amazon a run for the money.

Social Me dia: Use Instagram to generate leads
Instagram is not just for posting beautiful sunset and creative lunch photos. It’s a great lead generation platform with over 1 billion active users every single month. 90% of them follow a business on Instagram.

Non-Profit Foc us: Tax-exempt Nonprofit Form 990
Even though tax-exempt nonprofits do not pay federal taxes, they do have to file an information form with the IRS. That form is called a 990. Having to file the 990 makes sure that nonprofits conduct their business in a way that is consistent with their public responsibilities .

Home-Based Businesses: Network Security
A network refers to your business’s devices and the communication between them. This could mean more than one computer communicating with each other. It could also be a computer communicating with a printer or fax machine.

Any time there is data sharing from one device to another, it requires a network. If you have a home business, then it is important to have the right network security devices.

Magazine of the Month: Bloomberg Businessweek
When Forever 21 started out, it was a fresh, cheap alternative to the Gap. Then H&M and Zara spread to the U.S. Topshop and Primark were already well established in Europe when Forever 21 entered that market. Fashion Nova, Asos and other online-only companies are now faster and fresher. To an Asos customer, Forever 21 might as well be the Gap... “Why did Forever 21 think the old practices made sense for the future?”

Read the rest of the Fast-Fashion Flameout article in the January 20, 2020 Bloomberg Businessweek magazine at the library.
Business App of th e Month: Klosebuy
Klosebuy is a digital advertising app that geolocates your small business so consumers can find you as soon as you subscribe. It doesn’t matter whether they’re on the web or using a mobile app either.

Online Digital Resource: Consumer Reports

You need a new printer for your business, but which one should you buy? Consumer Reports , one of our online digital resources, provides printer ratings with top picks in inkjets and laser printers from Brother, Canon, and HP.

Requires a Glen Ellyn Public Library card. Don't have a library card? Learn how to get one.
Do You Know How? Set Up Google My Business
Business Books
More Resources at the Library

Starting and running a small business can be tough, and the library is here to support local entrepreneurs. Learn how to develop your web presence, use the latest social media tools, obtain a business library card, or book a one-on-one mentoring session with our Business Liaison at ChecktheLibrary.org .

Elizabeth Clower
Instruction Librarian
and Business Liaison
Phone: 630-790-6750
Email: eclower@gepl.org