Business Services

Business Services | Business Databases | Small Business Websites


Bloomingdale Public Library has the resources to help you start a business or expand an existing business. Our business resources will give you the edge you need to succeed.

You can:

  • Stop by the Reference Desk
  • Call us at 630-924-2730
  • Email us at bdref@mybpl.org
  • Text mybpl to 66746
  • Chat with us by clicking the Ask a Librarian box to the left

Business Services
- Group Study Room

The Group Study Room can be used for presentations, meetings, study sessions, group projects, Skype conferencing, and more. The room seats up to 8 people and includes a whiteboard and TV.

The room is open to patrons in high school and older. A Bloomingdale Library card is NOT required. A picture ID is required to use the room.

Patrons can make advanced reservations up to 2 weeks ahead of time. Reservations are for a maximum of 2 hours per day. To reserve the room, please call the Reference Desk at (630) 924-2730.

- Computer Classes
- Computer Lab
- Wireless/Wi-Fi
- Copying and Faxing
- Scanning
- Notary Services


Business Databases

ReferenceUSA
Contains detailed information on millions of U.S. businesses and residents. Data can be sorted by business size, geography, and type of business. Custom lists can be created, printed, and downloaded.

Public Records (In library use)
Public Records (Use from home)
Compiles information about new homeowners, new businesses, new and previously recorded mortgages, bankruptcies, and foreclosures. Covers Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

Brainfuse JobNow
Get live job coaching, interview, and resume help, upload your resume and receive expert feedback, and more. Live online assistance is available from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Este servicio está disponible en español.

Morningstar
Includes stock and mutual fund reports and screeners to help find investments by particular criteria. Offers an extensive Online Investing Classroom. The Portfolio X-ray feature enables investors to analyze holdings diversity.

Gale Directory Library
Includes directories on companies, publishers, associations, and more. Research businesses, scholarships, grants, and more.

Gale Legal Forms
Provides legal forms for business and personal use, including a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant forms, and many others.

Gale Courses
Explore your interests with Gale Courses. Courses support business professionals, teachers, health care workers, aspiring writers, artists, and musicians, genealogists, as well as people interested in health, wellness, technical skills, and lifelong learning. Six-week long courses are taught by college instructors and experts in the field, ensuring a high-quality, high-impact educational experience. Certificates of completion are offered when you successfully complete a class.

lynda.com
Thousands of high quality video tutorials taught by respected authorities in their fields. Topics include graphic and web design, business and career skills, photography, audio and video production, software, and job search tools. Courses are available for all learners of all levels.

Consumer Reports
Contains product ratings and reviews, recommendations, and buying advice.


Small Business Websites

Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce
(630) 980-9082

Business USA
(800) FED-INFO
A centralized, one-stop government site for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire. BusinessUSA implements a "no wrong door" approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency's website, call center, or office they go to for help.

College of DuPage Center for Entrepreneurship
The Center for Entrepreneurship offers numerous resources for the small business community and entrepreneurs. Services are offered free of charge.

The Center offers three core programs. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers counseling, advising, and training on small business management, business planning, financial analysis, financing/lending decisions, acquisitions, franchises, and marketing.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers counseling, advising, and training to businesses wishing to expand through government contracting. Specific areas of assistance include governmental regulations, customized opportunity leads, proposal preparation, contract analysis, and certifications assistance.

The International Trade Center (ITC) offers counseling, advising, and training to companies interested in exporting their products or services and help the business to be export ready.

SBA SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
(312) 353-7724
SCORE offers small business advice and training. It was formed in 1964 to help small businesses flourish.

SCORE's volunteers have more than 600 business skills. Volunteers share their wisdom and lessons learned in business. Volunteers are working/retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

State of Illinois Business Portal
Information that is compiled across state government to help you get your business up and running. From developing your business plan to registering your business, these links will help explain what resources are available and what your responsibilities are as a new business owner.

State Of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
(800) 252-2923
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provides technical and financial assistance to Illinois businesses through expansion incentives, technology support services, access to capital, global marketing expertise, and job training and education for workers.

U.S. Small Business Administration
(312) 353-4528
SBA's programs include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities, and armed forces veterans. The SBA also provides loans to victims of natural disasters and specialized advice and assistance in international trade.