If you’re looking to start, manage, or grow a business, we have tools and support to help you get the job done.
Terry Ratoff, Community Engagement Librarian, Business Services
Business library card
Businesses and nonprofits located in Skokie and members of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce can apply for a free business library card. Use the card to connect to our online business resources from your home or office, reserve our Business & Career Center for working and meeting, and sign up for business and technology classes.
Rooms, technology, and equipment
Business & Career Center
The Business & Career Center has WiFi, a SMART board, voice conference and projection equipment for making presentations and conducting meetings. Call our Technology Help Desk at 847-324-3179 to arrange training prior to your meeting.
Generate leads, map your competition, or take classes to sharpen your technology skills with our online business resources.
Business books and magazines
Digital Media Lab
The Digital Media Lab has equipment for creating digital videos, music, photograpy, websites, and more. Learn to use this and other technology with online training. Or, contact our Technology Help Desk to schedule training.
Start and stay in business
Get counseling from experienced executives and business owners
SCORE counselors can advise on business issues, including financing, marketing, and creating business plans. Counselors are at Skokie Public Library weekly. To sign up for a free appointment choose Skokie as a location on SCORE’s website.
Write a business plan
SCORE’s planning templates and the Gale Business Plans Handbook offer sample business plans and templates to help you get started creating your business plan. Or, take a look at one of our many business plan books.
Find business counseling and classes; access online guides and forms supporting businesses
- Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Small Business Assistance
- Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College
- Illinois.gov Business
- JVS Duman Entrepreneurship Center
- Legal Forms Library
- Small Business Administration
- Women’s Business Development Center (in Chicago)