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Library Receives Small Businesses Aid Grant

Posted November 1, 2012 | Posted in Adult Services, Front Page

Upon receipt of a grant, the Villa Park Public Library has expanded its assistance to small businesses in the form of a tablet computer, additional books and virtual information.

The Library was one of sixty-three Illinois public libraries to receive a Business and Libraries: Working Together grant. The intent of the grant is to encourage the creation and growth of local small businesses.

The grant, made possible by the US Small Business Administration, provided the Library with a tablet computer and a collection of books relating to small business and entrepreneurship.

The Library now offers a Small Business/Entrepreneur Corner which includes the books from the grant and from the Library’s business collection, as well as information on programs and webinars offered by not-for-profit and government organizations.

The tablet computer contains apps which enable users to learn about starting and building a small business. It may be checked out for use in the Library only.

In addition, the Library’s web site offers links to useful business and investing websites, as well as free access to two valuable electronic databases, accessible with a Villa Park Public Library card. Those databases are Record Information Services a searchable database of new start-up businesses, new home purchases, foreclosures, auctions and newly filed bankruptcies, and Reference USA — a database of approximately 14 million U.S. businesses, and a residential database of 210 million U.S. households.

For more information, visit our web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.