Upcoming Classes


Credit Worthy PDF Print

Over the last several months there has been a lot of confusion over new electronic payment requirements for businesses. The proliferation of the "smart card" in the U.S. market aims to better protect consumers from card-present fraud and create a streamlined payment system that aligns with global standards. However, there remains a lot misinformation concerning liability. Simply put, merchants not equipped with EMV card reading POS hardware will be held liable for any card-present fraud when EMV enabled cards are used. This is certainly a very simplified way of explaining a complex issue but there are many ways merchants can better understand and prepare for the October 1, 2015 deadline. Vernon Area Library will be hosting a presentation on protecting customer data that will also focus on ways you can make sure you won't be on the hook for any criminal activity. Join us Monday, July 13, with analysts from First Data to learn more about what the requirements and solutions are for your small business. Register online or call the library adult services desk at 224-543-1485.  

Celebrate Small Business Week May 4-8 PDF Print

altTwo out of every three new jobs is created by a small business, and more than half of all Americans work for a small business. So it's no surprise that Small Business Week is in its 52nd year recognizing their sacrifices, contributions and innovations. Each year the Small Business Administration chooses to honor one Small Business Person of the Year from apool of talented, driven and dedicated nominees. The winner will be announced  Friday, May 8, at a White House ceremony. Until then, there is plenty to see from the five cities hosting this year's events. Panels and seminars are covering everything from lending to supply chain to social media. Chicagoland may not be hosting events but you can live stream from the SBA website and not miss a thing. Check out the webinars being offered through the event and don't forget to get involved on social media.  #DreamSmallBiz #SBW2015

If you want to explore things past this year's speakers, VAPLD offers classes and  programs specifically for the business community. We also offer business resources you can access from your home or office using your library card. 

The Right Course PDF Print

Gale CoursesAre you a business owner that is crunched for time but still wants to learn the latest software to help streamline your tasks? Maybe you'd like to give your employees a refresher on using popular business tools? Gale Courses are the perfect solution. These six-week, instructor led courses cover a wide array of topics including the latest Microsoft software applications, web design and even Six Sigma fundamentals. The best part is you can log in and complete tasks, ask questions and engage your peers on your schedule. Did we mention they're also free? Just log in with your Vernon Area Public Library Card. A new session begins each month so you don't have to wait around to learn something new. 


Full Staff PDF Print

There's good news on the horizon for business owners who feel they've been doing more with less and job seekers frustrated with a over-saturated market. Businesses are hiring. The 2015 CareerBuilder U.S. Job Forecast predicts 36% of employers will hire full time employees this year. Additionally, 29% of small businesses plan to do the same. Confidence is growing and talent acquisition is time and cost intensive. VAPLD has resources to help you vet your candidates and gives you access to the newest hiring trends through our print and electronic collections.

Public Records Electronic Database allows users to search a candidate's background. No waiting or costly background checks but make sure you are following your state's employment laws.

If you're a job seeker, make sure your resume is polished, cover letter targeted and interview skills up-to-date. The library has programs to improve your job search skills or learn new software in addition to the large selection of books to help you land your dream job or advance your career.

Happy New Year! PDF Print

We are more than a week into the new year and this, according to experts, is about the time all those New Year's resolutions are abandoned and we revert back to our old ways.  One of the most common things we resolve to do each January 1 is procrastinate less and produce more. Easier said than done. There are so many tools that will help you keep your goals in sight. Use them.

Grab one of many books on productivity and take the first step into organizing your desk, team or company. Big or small, we can always prioritize and streamline our tasks for better results. 

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Sometimes it takes more than a written plan to keep us on track. Let's face it, every day we are bombarded by distractions that aren't easy to ignore. Behavior science expert James Clear talks about the psychology of procrastination and some unique ways of avoiding it. Take a look.



Don't forget to check out lynda.com for more expert videos on time management and productivity. If you're not sure where to begin, Mind Tools has some great self-assessment tools to help you focus on what is really important.

Happy New Year!



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