Library resources and knowledgeable librarians can help you find information for writing a business plan, analyzing market demographics, building prospect lists, researching stocks and mutual funds, finding grants and more.
Business Research Tools
Search business and residential listings, including consumer demographics. Build company lists according to location, industry, number of employees, sales volume and more.
Read actual business plans from entrepreneurs.
Access even more business research databases, including additional business directories and investment tools.
Find grants for your nonprofit with resources available to the Library through Candid's (formerly known as the Foundation Center) Funding Information Network.
Find grants and foundations to support your nonprofit based on your area of interest and location. Unlimited access is allowed inside the library, but at-home access to FDO-Essential is limited to one 24-hour period per month, using a password that you create.
Find organizations that offer grants to individuals for education, artistic or research projects or personal needs.
Search for jobs, attend a career workshop or find training resources. The North Suburban Cook County American Job Center hosts the Power Employment Workshop at the Central Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
Search this free nonprofit lookup, including many IRS 990 forms. You must sign up for an account to view most information.
Search charity evaluations, including rankings on their financial health and transparency.
Access training, articles, sample documents and eBooks of interest to nonprofits. Free with registration.
Look up manufacturers, including company profiles, product catalogs and CAD drawings.
Find general bond market information including ratings, news, benchmark yields, market activity and performance information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.