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Starting Your Own Business

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Recommended E-books

0787649074Encyclopedia of Small Business
ISBN: 0787649074





0810393956Business Plans Handbook
ISBN: 0810393956





busfinEncyclopedia of Business and Finance - Burton S. Kaliski; Macmillan Reference U. S. A. Staff (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780028660615
Publication Date: 2006-08-04
Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a 2-vol. complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. Drawing on practical professional expertise as well as that of noted scholars, the contributors include executives, government administrators and scholars from leading business programs from around the United States.

Recommended Print Sources

Abudi, Gina and Toropov, Brandon The complete idiot's guide to best practices for small business Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, c2011. Call # 658.11 AB

Babb, Danielle The accidental startup New York, NY : Alpha, c2009. Call # 658.022 BA

Blanchard, Kenneth H. The one minute entrepreneur : the secret to creating and sustaining a successful business New York, NY : Currency Doubleday, c2007. Call # 658.11 BL

Friedman, Caitlin and Yorio, Kimberly The girl's guide to starting your own business : candid advice, frank talk, and true stories for the successful entrepreneur New York, NY : HarperResource, c2003. Call # 658.11 FR

Gegax, Tom The big book of small business : you don't have to run your business by the seat of your pants New York, NY : Collins, c2007. Call # 658.02 GE

Guillebeau, Chris The $100 startup : reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future New York, NY : Crown Business, c2012. Call # 658.11 GU

Paulson, Ed The complete idiot's guide to starting your own business New York, NY : Alpha Books, c2012. Call # 658.1141 PA

Roth, Carol The entrepreneur equation : evaluating the realities, risks, and rewards of owning your own business Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, c2011. Call # 658.421 RO

Tracy, Brian Crunch point : the 21 secrets to succeeding when it matters most New York, NY : American Management Association, c2007. Call # 658.409 TR

Vaynerchuk, Gary Crush it! : why now is the time to cash in on your passion New York, NY : HarperStudio, c2009. Call # 658.872 VA

Recommended Websites

Business USA
BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help. Looking forward, the more federal agencies continue to add resources to BusinessUSA to encompass the full range of business programs and services, the more we will be able to reduce the confusing array of websites that exist today.

Business Forms

Various downloadable business forms from the Small Business Administration.

Business Plan Samples
Center for Business Planning - MOOT CORP Competition  http://www.businessplans.org/

Based out of the University of Texas at Austin, the MOOT CORP competition is a national event where MBA students write and develop business which are then judged by a panel of investors. This site has the full-text of the winning proposals.

The Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information

The 4th edition published in 2010 is compiled by the staff of the Business Reference Services' Science, Technology, and Business Division, Library of Congress. Each section lists print resources. Contents include: Introduction, Getting Started, Raising Capital, Managing Your Business, Human Resources, Marketing, Doing Business with Government, International Opportunities, Research and Information Gathering, Looking At the Numbers, Handbooks and Guides, and Information about Companies.

Minority Business Development Agency
"The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America. " Information about business development, financing, and publications.

National SBDC Research Network

Small Business Development Centers nationwide, which assist existing or developing business owners with one-on-one counseling.

New Jersey Small Business Development Center

How-to articles, counseling, and training for the small business operator: a project of the Rutgers Graduate School of Management in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the N.J. Commerce & Economic Growth Commission.

New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance

Includes Real Estate Commission, consumer information and complaints procedures, health insurance reform program, and links.

NJAWBO, The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners

Government links, pointers for business development, and women's business resources provide mentoring and facts about accounting, administration, insurance, laws, licenses and permits, taxes, other business needs of those who believe that "owning the ladder means there's no glass ceiling."

The Riley Guide: Steps in Starting Your Own Business

The Riley Guide, by Margaret F. Dikel, is a great resource for all things employment related. This site deals with small business concerns and contains links on how to obtain funding, dealing with legal concerns, getting started, and sources for getting help.


"SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)." Also refer to the Template Gallery.

Small Business Administration

Information on starting, financing and expanding your business. Includes a Small Business Planner. Learn too about New Jersey’s SBA office located in Newark.

Small Business How-To Guide

A variety of tips from The Wall Street Journal (funding, technology, franchising, etc.)

Books on CD

Stewart, Martha The Martha rules [sound recording] : [10 essentials for achieving success as you start, build, or manage a business] United States : Books on Tape, c2005. Call # CD 658.1 ST

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