Grow Your Business by Maximizing Library Resources

The Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance is partnering with the Lincoln Library to host a series of lunch & learn workshops throughout the Summer. The four-part series will showcase the numerous tools and resources available for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The workshops are aimed at providing valuable insights and practical guidance on how to successfully use library resources to grow and aid your business.

Registration is required to attend. Click here to register.


May 10th: An Overview of Lincoln Library Resources for Businesses and Entrepreneurs

If you haven’t been to Lincoln Library in a while, it’s a good time to come and check out all that they have to offer to small businesses. Director Summer Griffith will share an overview of resources from innovative technology to online tools available to you free with a Library Card.  The presentation will end with a short tour, so you can always find what you’re looking for.

June 14th: Owners and Operators: Researching Real Estate in Springfield

Have you ever wanted to know who owned a house or operated a business at a specific location in Springfield and Sangamon County?  City Historian Curtis Mann will discuss the different resources in the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library available to research the history of residential and commercial property in Springfield and Sangamon County.  Mann will explain and provide tips to working with records such as city directories, maps, newspapers, and photographs.

July 12th: Library E-Resources for Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Whether starting a new business, growing an existing business, or entering a new market, Lincoln Library can provide you with the resources to help you achieve your goals. Learn more about the specialized online resources with authoritative business and financial information available free with your library card. Get tips for using our top picks for entrepreneurs and business owners efficiently.  

Aug 9th: Be Your Own Market Researcher with Data Axle Reference Solutions

Learn how to leverage Data Axle Reference Solutions, an incredibly powerful tool for market research, sales lead-list generation, conducting competitive analysis, and more. Reference Solutions offers access to 44 million current businesses in the United States for market research and sales, millions of historical and new businesses for understanding trends, as well as residential, consumer, and lifestyle listings to grow your business.

Whether you are just starting out or looking to take your business to the next level, these workshops are a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insights. We hope you can join us!

Event Details


All workshops will start promptly at 12pm. Lunch will be served at the start of a 40 minute presentation with time for questions at the end.


Lincoln Library
Multipurpose Room
326 S. 7th Street


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