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The Library will be closed on Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27.

Library Resources

Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Online learning platform with video tutorials to learn creative skills, business, technology, software, and more to learn, explore new things, and reach your goals.

Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records, real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Includes access to Check Illinois (free background check online in less than 60 seconds). Click here for in library access.

Data Axle (formerly Reference USA)
The premier source of information for reference and research. Offers accurate data on 54 million businesses and 318 million consumers.

Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

Business Newsletter

Sign up for a monthly newsletter featuring events, news, and library resources focusing on jobs, careers, small business, and entrepreneurship.

Business Events

The Forest Park Public Library offers many workshops, seminars, and one-on-one consultations designed to help you start your own business or take your existing business to the next level.


There are no upcoming events.

Community Resources

Accion Chicago
Accion provides customized capital solutions and one-on-one coaching to underserved entrepreneurs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Forest Park Chamber of Commerce
This organization is a partnership of local business owners, civic leaders, and community-minded individuals working together to promote economic growth and civic pride in Forest Park, Illinois.

Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The Joseph Center
The Illinois SBDC at The Joseph Center is a vital asset for business owners, providing business consulting, networking opportunities, and training programs to assist entrepreneurs.

The Law Project
The Law Project is committed to providing the legal services to Chicago communities. Staff and volunteer attorneys provide free, expert legal assistance to support community development efforts led by entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations.

SCORE Chicago
Score is a non-profit organization helping small businesses get started, grow, and operate effectively. SCORE offers free business mentoring, free or low cost business workshops, and management consulting.

Startup Resources from Score

Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA’s Illinois District Office in Chicago offers services and partnerships designed to invigorate Illinois’ economic growth through small business assistance.

Triton College Center for Business and Professional Development
Get support and education about creating and running a small business through Forest Park’s community college.

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center is to provide services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.

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