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 – and the Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative (MPEI) can help! The MPEI is a collaboration between the Village of Mount Prospect, Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association and the Mount Prospect Public Library focused on helping new or prospective businesses 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 (Village of Mount Prospect) at 847.818.5312, Dawn Fletcher Collins (MP Chamber of Commerce) at 847.398.6616 or Business Reference Librarian Joe Collier (MPPL) at 847.253.5675.

You can also have the latest MPEI happenings delivered straight to your inbox by subscribing to our new e- newsletter HERE.

And check out a webinar all about the MPEI HERE.

Databases

Subscription databases are accessible from within the Library or if noted, at home or remotely with a registered MPPL library card. Click Here to view our Databases.

The following sites are Free Web Resources

General Resources

Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative (MPEI)

Financial Literacy

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
MoneyGeek.com

Associations & Organizations

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

Business News

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)

Legal

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 (AllBusiness.com)
General Information for Businesses in Illinois (State of Illinois)
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College (Harper College)

Business Plans

BPlans.com (Palo Alto Software Inc.)

Franchising

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

Finance and Investment

Investor.gov (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
FINRA Investor Education
MyMoney.gov
Consumer.gov
Consumidor.gov (Spanish)
Save and Invest
Bloomberg Business
The Motley Fool
The Street
CNN Money

Investment Sites, Stock Symbols, and Quotes

Big Charts (Market Watch)
Business Owners Toolkit (Commerce Clearing House: Wolters Kluwer)
MSN Money
Pink Sheets
Yahoo Finance

Exchanges Online

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

Research Guides

Small Businesses Can Get Help
Marketing Resources 
Jobs and Career Development