Business Programs & Events

OLPL partners with local businesses to provide interesting and educational programs and discussions that highlight your area of expertise. Hosting and presenting a program at the Library is a great way to expand your clientele locally and showcase your area of expertise. If you’d like to schedule a program, lecture or business event, please contact Julia at jchurchill@olpl.org, Tom at Tjavorcic@olpl.org, or call (708) 422-4990.

Chamber Partnership

The Library partners with the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce and the local business community. We sit on the Board of the Chamber, provide meeting space for Chamber events and business members, and co-sponsor local events and programs. Chamber members and local business owners can reserve meeting room space in one of our four meeting rooms in the basement of the Library. Watch this space for cooperative business events we offer.

 

To learn more about our Meeting Rooms, click HERE
To reserve a meeting room, click HERE
To view a helper for booking a room, click HERE

Business Resources

Research your local competitors. Find new sales leads in the Oak Lawn area. Find demographic information. Use free financial tools to organize your budget or investments. Schedule a talk or program for local residents or businesses to learn more about your business or area of expertise. Reserve a meeting room, or a study room for client meetings. OLPL offers local businesses a variety of online and physical resources that will help your business grow.

Access to these great resources only requires an Oak Lawn Library card. Any Oak Lawn business owner can visit the Library, show a business invoice or tax bill, and show a photo I.D. To apply for a card, click HERE.

BUSINESS NEED

OLPL RESOURCE

I want information about…  
Business Auctions, Foreclosures Record Information Services
Business Data AtoZdatabase
Business Forms Gale Legal Forms
Company Profiles Business Source Premier
Demographics Reference Solutions
Investments Morningstar, Value Line
Local / National / World News Access World News
New Businesses, residents A to Z
Real Estate transactions Record Information Services

More Business Resources

Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce

https://www.oaklawnchamber.com/

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides counseling, capital and contracting expertise for small businesses.

https://www.sba.gov/content/online-small-business-resources

Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. Hosted by universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners. Funded by the Congress in and the SBA partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

https://americassbdc.org/coronavirus-information/

Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Under the leadership of Governor JB Pritzker, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These initiatives include the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, the Illinois

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/EmergencySBAIntiatives.aspx

COVID-19 Quick Links for Businesses

These links help businesses, workers and residents when it comes to needing assistance due to the coronavirus.

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/default.aspx

Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

The Business Invest – Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer has made up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this funding is to provide vital economic support for small businesses and non-profits throughout Illinois to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Here is Information on the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

Business Mentoring

Score’s team of over 10,000 volunteer business mentors is ready to help your small business survive—and thrive—through any crisis.

Click here for a business mentoring resource

Taxpayer Resources

The Illinois Department of Revenue has established this web page to provide information and resources to help Illinois taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

Click here for taxpayer resources

Copyright and Patents

The U.S Copyright Office promotes creativity and free expression by administering the nation’s copyright laws and by providing impartial, expert advice on copyright law and policy for the benefit of all.

Click here for help with registering copyright

Click here for help with patents and trademarks

Better Business Bureau

BBB is committed to providing support for small businesses.

Click here for small business help from the Better Business Bureau

Supporting Small Business

  • $350 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Disaster loans that never have to be repaid
  • Forgiving existing non-disaster SBA loan payments over the next six months

Click here for help supporting small businesses

Resources for Illinois Residents and Licensees Impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Resources for Illinois licensees and consumers impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Click here for more information and forms

The Disaster Help Desk Is Here for You

COVID-19 is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are continuously changing during the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses are being forced to adapt. The Disaster Help Desk is here to help you navigate this challenging time.

Click here for resources from The Disaster Help Desk

Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities

The IRS has information on coronavirus (COVID-19) tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities.

Click here for more information