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COVID-19 Assistance and Resources
Get operating guidelines and learn about funding opportunities to help small businesses and nonprofits weather the global pandemic: View the help guide.
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.
Newspapers & Magazines
Use your Vernon Area Library card to download and read current and back issues of these publications on the free Flipster app:
- Bloomberg Business Week
- Fast Company
- Kiplinger's Finance
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.
Gale Courses Take instructor-led, 6-week online classes in tech topics, health-care training, business & accounting, law, test prep, and other subjects to advance your education and personal development. Some classes can lead to certification. New sessions begin monthly. Free with your Vernon Area Library card.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) Learn at your own pace from industry experts who are passionate about teaching. Thousands of video tutorials on a variety of subjects — programming, business, design, photography, marketing, and more. Some courses are offered in other languages. A LinkedIn account is not needed; log in with your library card number.
To access LinkedIn Learning from their app, add VAPLD to the end of the URL on the Sign in with your library page.
LinkedIn Learning offers video courses in online and social media marketing, data analysis, project management, leadership, productivity, and software. Log in with your Vernon Area Library card.
Great Course on Kanopy
Watch the Critical Business Skills for Success course, free with your Vernon Area Public Library card.
Kanopy Instantly screen movie classics, world cinema, indie films, and documentaries, including current and past award winners and nominees, the Criterion Collection, Janus Films, and The Great Courses. Stream unlimited quality programming for children. Add the Kanopy app to your smartphone, tablet, Roku, or AppleTV. Free to Vernon Area Library cardholders.
Sign up to receive occasional business emails from the library.
Whether you're prospecting new opportunities for a nonprofit, developing your career, or thinking about starting a new business, the library has resources to help. Schedule a 45-minute meeting with Business Outreach Librarian Ashley Johnson to
- get one-on-one help with your business or nonprofit questions
- learn more about library resources, and
- find out how the library supports local businesspeople
Business & Outreach Librarian
300 Olde Half Day Rd.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
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.
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.