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 Area or use the Business Reference collection for research. Contact the Business Librarian for assistance with special research questions.

Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative 

The Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative (MPEI) is a collaboration between the Village of Mount ProspectMount Prospect Chamber of CommerceMount 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. Learn more about MPEI by subscribing to the e- newsletter. 

Listen to MPEI podcasts, featuring seasoned, successful business owners in Mount Prospect discussing their experiences and sharing advice.  

Entrepreneurship booklist – Available to checkout from the library, titles to inspire and offer practical information. 

Databases

Subscription databases are accessible from within the Library or if noted, at home or remotely with a registered MPPL library card. View all business databases.

Business Research 

  • Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) – Business directory, residential listings, demographics and health care listings. Records can be downloaded for mailing/contact lists.
  • Business Insights Global – Contains market research reports, case studies, industry profiles, and more. 
  • Business Source Complete – Contains market research reports, case studies, industry profiles, SWOT analyses and more. 
  • Industry Select – Research U.S. manufacturers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. 
  • Business eBooks – Online reference book collection, including the Business Plans Handbook.
  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) – Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Join today to get access to thousands of courses.

Financial Information 

Government Resources for Business 

Company Research 

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Resources

Local Business Organizations

Financial Information 

Investment Tools 

News and Numbers 

Financial Literacy 

  • MoneyGeek.com – Personal finance website with answers to many common questions.  
  • Consumer.gov – Information from the federal government on managing money, effectively using credit, and avoiding scams. En Español: Consumidor.gov 
  • Save and Invest – Financial guidance from the FINRA Foundation. 
  • Money Smart Week – Archived webinars coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago addressing a variety of personal finance topics