Career/Small Business Resources


Messenger Public Library has the following databases related to careers and small businesses:

Business Source Premier

Find full text management, economics, finance, accounting, international business articles, company profiles, plus industry and market reports, and more.

Job and Career Accelerator

This database combines multiple types of resources for a successful job search, such as information on different occupations, tools to match your interests and skills with careers, local and national job postings, resume and cover letter resources, interviewing practice, and tools to organize and track your search progress.

Learning Express Library

Students and adults will find resources and practice courses for skill building in math, reading writing, and popular software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Publisher. Plus exams including the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Allied Healthcare, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S. Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, Real Estate Agent and Broker.

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference center has over 220 full-text publications including many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms, with more content added on a regular basis.

Regional Business News

This database provides access full text entries for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).

Value Line Investment Survey

Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, plus objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools. This database is sponsored in part by the Money Wise Investment Club.

Zinio - Online Magazines and Newspapers

The library's collection of online magazines and newspapers includes business titles such as Bloomberg Pursuits, Forbes, Kiplinger's, and Robb Report.


The Library has a large collection of print materials related to careers and small business. Most of these can be found in the 650 Dewey Decimal range. Check with the Adult Services Staff or search our catalog to find specific titles.

The library has several magazines pertaining to business in our Quiet Reading Room, including Better Investing, Bloomsburg Business Week, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Inc., Kiplinger’s, and Money.

On the Web

Business Services from the Illinois Secretary of State

This website has a library of forms, guides, and other information related to starting a business in Illinois.

Kane County Department of Employment and Education

This website describes the various services offered to eligible adults who need assistance seeking and obtaining new employment or job skills.  They also provide services to help businesses develop employees in order to grow the business.

Community Career Center

The Community Career Center is located in Naperville, IL, and provides a variety of services and programs for job seekers, such as career assessments, workshops, skill-building classes, counseling, and support.  New Member Orientation is held on Thursdays and Saturday mornings, and membership currently costs $50 a year.

IRS Video Portal

With information for both individuals and businesses, this collection of webinars and videos provide guidance to help your business thrive.

Small Business & Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center

The Small Business & Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center is for sole proprietors and others who are in business for themselves. This site has many useful tips and references to the tax rules that a small business or self-employed person may need to know.

Online Resources

Axis 360 digital books eMedia Library digital books Zinio  digital magazines OneClick DigitalNoveList Plus