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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.

Find out what MPPL can do for you and your business!

The Mount Prospect Public Library wants to help you and your business by providing information and help in utilizing our innovative financial and business resources. Tools and tips to help ensure business success in Mount Prospect — education, mentoring, marketing opportunities  — are all available by making a Reference Appointment with Joe Collier, Business Reference Librarian.

For more information, contact Joe at 847-253-5675 or email at


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

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.)

SWOT Analysis

An Essential Guide to SWOT Analysis (FormSwift)


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

Finance and Investment (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
FINRA Investor Education
BBB Get More Money Now (Better Business Bureau) (Spanish)
Save and Invest
The Motley Fool
Financial Times
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
“How to Read Stock Tables” (New York Stock Exchange)
Learn How to Read Financial Reports (IBM)

Research Guides

Small Businesses Can Get Help
Marketing Resources 
Jobs and Career Development