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Small Business Is Anything But @Lake Villa District Library

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Nina Kenney

If you are operating a small business in Lake Villa Township, you are in good company. There are over 700 small businesses within the township and Lake Villa District Library looking to expand serving the ever growing demographic.

"Finding more relevant ways to serve the library district top of mind for us", said Paul Kaplan, LVDL Co-Director/Head of Adult Services. "With so many small businesses in the area, we are eager to offer assistance and perhaps enlighten business owners as to what a public library has to offer".

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Currently, Lake Villa District Library has free Wi-Fi, space for quiet work or small meetings and fax/scanning resources. Additionally, the library offers frequent programs on topics targeted to those who own a small business. "Assisting the small business owner---those with 4 or less employees---is our primary target group", said Kaplan. "Typically these businesses have limited resources yet might not be aware the library can offer assistance."

Last fall, LVDL began hosting several technology programs for small businesses. Getting starting in Word Press---a popular web hosting program--- and how to use Microsoft Excel and Access were all well attended.

The Library began working with the Illinois Small Business Development Center and hosted programs on how to start a small business. That partnership continues as the ISBDC will be holding small business one-on-ones at the library Tuesday, September 16. Small Business professional JoAnne Osmond agreed to a pilot program at the library in an effort to offer potential business owners another local venue to discuss details and concerns they might have. "Working with the library is an exciting opportunity for the ISBDC" said Osmond. "We are eager to meet with as many potential business owners as possible and the library offers us a great neighborhood venue."

If you are interested in setting up an appointment with the ISBDC on September 16, call Joanne at 847-543-2033.

Lake Villa District Library is located at 1001 E. Grand Avenue in Lake Villa.

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