The FCC produced its annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report last year, graphing various statistics regarding mobile wireless service providers and national usage. Among the mass amounts of data collected, this analysis produces measurement of price level and usage trends, types of mobile devices, operating systems, and applications purchased and used by consumers.
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The Kid’s Pantry is a non-for-profit organization that takes in donations of children’s items and donates them back out to the community. Everything is given free of charge. They are currently open year round on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and Fridays from 10-11am. They are located at 400 E. Gregory St., Mount Prospect, IL (224-715-4466).
They also have semi-annual giveaways in the spring and fall where all stock is set up in the gym. They invite the community through multiple media outlets and word of mouth to come on a Friday evening and all day Saturday and receive what they need for free.
The Kid’s Pantry was started by two stay-at-home moms who have a passion for kids and the community. Through the help of their church, they have been able to keep expanding, and to collect more items. Please visit them at their location, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Facebook to learn more about receiving from their collection or to offer donations.
The 1940 Census was made available to the public in April 2012 by the National Archives. At first it could only be searched using street addresses. With the help of scores of volunteers who indexed millions of names, it is now possible to search the 1940 Census by name. The Census is available at www.familysearch.org for free. It is also available for free at www.ancestry.com through 2013. If you need assistance using this resource, please contact the Reference Department.
Some new titles in the Library’s collection were recently discussed at the Mount Prospect Women’s Chamber Lunch:
I’d Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader’s Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Work by Charlotte Beers. (2012)
am-BITCH-ous : Learn to Be Her Now by Debra Condren. (2006)
Seducing the Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top by Nina DiSesa. 2008)
Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, Carol Frohlinger. (2010)
Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World by Birute Regine. (2010)
Pushback: How Smart Women Ask–and Stand Up–for What They Want by Selena Rezvani and Lois P. Frankel (2012)
The Crporate Dominatrix: Six Roles to Play to Get Your Way at Work by Lisa Robyn (2007)
Breaking into the Boys’ Club: 8 Ways for Women to Get Ahead in Business by Molly D. Shepard, Jane K. Stimmler, and Peter J. Dean. (2009)
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.
The TAA program seeks to provide these trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. The program benefits and services that are available to individual workers are administered by the states through agreements between the Secretary of Labor and each state Governor.
Program eligibility, technical assistance, and oversight are provided by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Please take a look at some of the new business titles we’ve added to our collection.
Mind Over Business: How to Unleash Your Business and Sales Success by Rewiring the Mind/Body Connection by Kenneth Baum and Bob Andelman
Breakthrough Entrepreneurship by Jon Burgstone and Bill Murphy Jr.
Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore by Kaihan Krippendorff
The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) by Noam Wasserman
The Bootstrapper’s Guide to the Mobile Web: Practical Plans to Get Your Business Mobile in Just a Few Days for Just a Few Bucks by Deltina Hay
At Your Service: How to Attract New Customers, Increase Sales, and Grow Your Business Using Simple Customer Service Techniques by Frank Eliason
Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have by Dimitri Maex and Paul B. Brown
Because of budgetary constraints, in 2011 the Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped sending estimated Social Security benefit statements on paper. For a number of years these statements had been sent to all workers age 25 and older and not currently receiving Social Security benefits. In addition to listing a worker’s lifetime earnings record (the basis for Social Security benefits), the statements contained estimated benefits for retirement, disability, and surviving family members.
This month (May, 2012), the SSA unveiled a program to provide the same information electronically, on the SSA website. Any individual who wishes to sign up must be at least age 18 and have a valid Social Security number, e-mail address, and United States mailing address. Create an account at www.ssa.gov/mystatement.
The new electronic version of the benefit estimate statement provides the same information as the paper statement, a worker’s lifetime earnings record and estimated benefits for retirement, disability, and surviving family members. At the same time, the government has resumed mailing paper estimated benefit statements to workers age 60 and older who are not currently receiving Social Security benefits.