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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.

Book a 45-minute appointment 

with Business Outreach Librarian Ashley Johnson to get one-on-one help with your business or non-profit questions. Whether you're prospecting new opportunities for a non-profit, developing your career, or thinking about starting a new business, the library has resources to help.


Business 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.

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

Critical Business Skills for Success. Free with your Vernon Area Public Library card.

Around the Web

Illinois Small Business Development Center

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

Mind Tools

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.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The official government site offering resources for starting, financing, and managing a small business. Links to local resources and timely tips for your small business.