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. 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. 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.  

For more information, contact Business Librarian Angela Baker (MPPL) at 847.253.5675 or Nellie Beckner (Village of Mount Prospect) at 847.818.5312. 

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 

  • AtoZ Databases – Search for US or Canadian businesses and residential listings, new home owners, job postings, and more. 
  • 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. 
  • Gale Business Plan Builder – Formerly Gale Small Business Builder. Designed to help entrepreneurs create a professional Business Plan. Good for nonprofit as well.
  • Industry Select – Research U.S. manufacturers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. 

Financial Information 

Government Resources for Business 

Company Research 

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Resources

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

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