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Business Resources: for Businesses of All Sizes

Your gateway to resources for businesses and nonprofits.

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.

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.


Recommended Reading


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
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Fast Company
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Inc. 
  • Kiplinger's Finance
  • 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. 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.

Back to Business Forum

This 2020 webinar series covers a range of topics to help Lake County businesses get back to work during phase 4 of Restore Illinois. Sessions presented by regional and state leaders are:

  • Diving into Phase 3 & Beyond

  • Creating New Business Models in a Pandemic

  • Human Resources, a Pandemic, and Embracing New Models for Work

  • Your Village Is Making It Easier to Get Back to Business

  • Financial Support & Funding Opportunities

The webinars are available for viewing on YouTube

The forum is sponsored by the villages of Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire, the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, and Vernon Area Public Library.


Sign up to receive occasional business emails from the library.

Get help

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

Ashley Johnson

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.‚Äč

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.