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Business Resources: for Businesses of All Sizes

Your gateway to the library's business resources, plus links to valuable online resources, and new additions to our collection.

U.S. Small Business Administration Assistance

Small businesses, private nonprofits, or those who are self-employed and facing financial hardships related to the coronavirus pandemic can get help during this difficult time. On March 19, 2020, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the state’s eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 Illinois counties due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans. 

Apply online & get info:

Contact the SBA customer service:

call 800-659-2955 or




Use your Vernon Area Library card to download and read current issues of these publications on the free Flipster app:

  • Bloomberg Business Week
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Fast Company
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Kiplinger's Finance
  • Inc. 
  • Money

Learn Online

Gale Courses

Instructor-led, 6-week classes on tech topics, health-care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, and more. Some Gale Courses can lead to certification. Log in with your Vernon Area Public Library card.

Lynda offers video courses in online and social media marketing, data analysis, project management, leadership, productivity, and software. Free with your Vernon Area Library card. Log in anytime, anywhere. 

Great Course on Kanopy

Watch the Critical Business Skills for Success course, free with your Vernon Area Public Library card.

Library Resources

Access these powerful, info-rich resources free at the library or anywhere using your Vernon Area Library card. Sign up to get a card for your business.

Around the Web

Centers are located throughout the state and provide information, confidential business guidance, training, and other resources to start-ups and existing small businesses.

A wide range of resources to sharpen your career skills. Focusing on soft skills and strategy, the content offers user tests, tool kits, and training to take business skills to the next level.

SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops, and educational resources since 1964.

Resources for starting, financing, and managing a small business. Links to local resources and timely tips for your small business.