Small businesses and entrepreneurs in Mount Prospect can receive free guidance from an experienced business mentor.
The Mount Prospect Public Library partners with SCORE, a non-profit organization that is supported by the Small Business Administration. SCORE offers free, confidential mentoring by volunteers who have experience in all aspects of business.
Mount Prospect Public Library patrons can sign up online for a one-on-one virtual session with a SCORE volunteer. Mentors can advise small businesses on topics such as product development, marketing, franchising, operations, strategy, technology, and nonprofits to name a few. Virtual appointments are available through the SCORE website.
Find more resources for businesses on the Business and Financial Resource Guide. For assistance in accessing any library resources for businesses, including sample business plans, legal guides, and demographic data, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment.
A new and notable web resource is available for patrons to use at the library or from home with their library card. O’Reilly for Public Libraries offers current and popular titles in the fields of technology and business. Patrons looking to expand their technical and career skills will be particularly interested in checking out this resource.
The collection, which features more than 50,000 e-books and 30,000 hours of video, can only be viewed through the O’Reilly for Public Libraries website.
Included in the collection of titles is most of the popular “For Dummies” series. Looking for a deeper dive in to a specific topic, such as Blockchain or Business Strategy? O’Reilly for Public Libraries offers expert-curated playlists on subject including machine learning, cloud computing and software architecture.
Try searching for other specialized technology and business subject areas such as:
Amazon Web Services
Team Management and Leadership
And many, many more.
As always, if you have questions about accessing this or any of the resources available through the Web Resources page, contact the Research Desk.
Atechnical skills upgrade is one effective way to add valuable, attention-grabbing content to an existing resume.LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft are making several technical courses available for free of charge and certifications in selected skills available at a greatly reduced price for many workers.
LinkedIn Learning has identified ten jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are positioned to grow in the future. They are making ten LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available for everyone for free in 2021.
In addition, Microsoft Learn is offering free and in-depth technical learning content that also supports these roles and job seekers pursuing developer roles can access the GitHub Learning Lab to practice their skills.
Industry-recognized Microsoft Certificationsare being offered at reduced cost. Exams that normally cost $100 or more will be offered for $15 for individuals who are unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. All exams are available in English, Spanish, French, German, and more. See the website for complete Terms and Conditions.
It’s the time of year when many of us make decisions about our employee benefits for the coming year–“open enrollment” season. The Office of Financial Education, a part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, offers this sound advice:
You can guide your children in finding the financial help they need
The financial world of today isn’t the same world you grew up in. New services and choices are being offered all the time. For your children to navigate the new financial world they’ll face, they need to know when to seek out information and how to evaluate it. Your children need practice making money choices, and they could use your guidance. At this age they may be earning some money of their own. Now, as you make benefits choices for next year, think about including your teenager in your decision-making process. You can help your teenager think about how to use information to make a good decision. If you have benefits fact sheets or Web sites from your employer, sit with your teenager and go through them. Talk through the questions your child has, and ask a few questions of your own:
What is the most important thing to think about for the family’s health care? Why?
Have there been any changes in the family since last year that could make a difference to health care? To insurance? To flexible spending dollars?
What could be the advantages or disadvantages of having benefits deducted from your paycheck, compared to paying the costs on your own?
How trustworthy is the information you receive? How would you look for further information?
You don’t have to do anything you wouldn’t do normally, when you make your benefits choices. Just by showing your teens how you approach enrollment, you’re helping them practice the decision-making process before their own paychecks are at stake. For more ideas, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/parents.