Business and Financial Research

Mount Prospect Public Library has a wide selection of business resources in print and online. Browse journals, newspapers, and newsletters found in the Business Reading Room or use the Business Reference collection for research. The Business Reference Librarian can help with special research questions.

Be the Next New Business Success Story

The Village of Mount Prospect is seeking new businesses – with a focus on retail and restaurants. The Village is teaming up with the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association and the Mount Prospect Public Library to help new businesses get established in Mount Prospect by providing a package of innovative economic development resources. Tools to help ensure business success in Mount Prospect – education, mentoring, marketing opportunities and contact with successful existing business owners – will be available through this program.

For more information, contact Nellie Beckner (Mount Prospect Village Hall) at 847-818-5312.


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The following sites are Free Web Resources

General Resources

Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative (MPEI)

Associations & Organizations

Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce (Village of Mount Prospect)
SCORE (Chicagoland Chapter)
Small Business Association (United States Small Business Administration)

Business News

CNBC on MSN Money (Microsoft and NBC)
Market Watch
Crain’s Chicago Business (Crain Communications)
SEC Investor Information Site (U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission)

Business Portals

Illinois Real Time Corporate/LLC Information Search (State of Illinois)

Company Research

The Directory of Online Annual Reports (Annual Report Service)
SEC Filings & Forms EDGAR (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)

Directories and Marketing

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers (Thomas Register)


Everyday Law for Everyday People (Nolo)
FindLaw for Business (Part of the West Group)
EPA Small Business Gateway (Environmental Protection Agency)
Illinois Business Forms (Cyberdrive Illinois: State of Illinois)

Small Business

Startup & Development

Illinois Entrepreneurship Network (Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – DCEO)
SBA Small Business Startup Toolkit (United States Small Business Administration)
SBDCNet (National Information Clearinghouse)
Small Business Help: kits and free news (
Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Business in Illinois (State of Illinois)
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College (Harper College)

Business Plans (Palo Alto Software Inc.)


Franchise Finder (Franchise Solutions, Inc.)
Franchise Handbook (Enterprise Magazines)

Finance and Investment (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
FINRA Investor Education (Spanish)
Save and Invest
The Motley Fool
CNN Money

Investment Sites, Stock Symbols, and Quotes

Big Charts (Market Watch)
Financial Planning Toolkit (Commerce Clearing House: Wolters Kluwer)
News, Quotes, Research (MSN Money)
Pink Sheets
Ticker Symbol Lookup (Yahoo Finance)

Exchanges Online

New York Stock Exchange
Learn How to Read Financial Reports (IBM)

Research Guides

Small Businesses Can Get Help
Marketing Resources 
Jobs and Career Development