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Entrepreneur Book Resources

An entrepreneur is the person who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.

Bill Gates Speaks: Insight from the World's Greatest Entrepreneur
by Janet C. Lowe /
Hardcover - 253 pages / John Wiley & Sons (November 1998)
Love him or hate him, no matter how you feel about Bill Gates, you've got to respect him. As the richest man in the world and leader of the most successful company of our day. This is a well-rounded look at the man who helped to shape our present more than any other individual alive today.
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
by James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras / Paperback - 368 pages 1st edition (2002) / Harperbusiness

Built to Last identifies 18 "visionary" companies and sets out to determine what's special about them. The authors, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, spent six years in research, and they freely admit that their own preconceptions about business success were devastated by their actual findings.
Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
by Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman (Contributor) / Paperback: 236 pages / HarperCollins (2000)

What makes Dell Computer unique is not what it sells, but rather how it sells it. Dell was first in the PC industry to pioneer the direct-selling model. By cutting out the intermediary and creating a direct link between manufacturer and customer, Dell was able to provide customers with computers that cost less and that were more apt to meet customer needs.
Entrepreneur Magazine: Bringing Your Product to Market
by Don Debelak / Paperback - 384 pages  (February 14, 1997) / John Wiley & Sons
This book provides guidance for the beginning inventor or a fresh marketing plan for the established inventor. Outlines the most efficient and cost-effective way to introduce a product into the market to expect a large return.
The Ernst & Young Business Plan Guide
by Eric S. Siegel, Brian R. Ford, Jay Bornstein / Paperback - 194 pages / John Wiley & Sons (1993)
Designed to assist the reader in creating a financial, organizational and operational blueprint for success. Developed for anyone starting a new business or expanding one already in existence, it contains step-by-step instructions for devising a solid business plan.
Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built
by Richard S. Tedlow / Hardcover - 464 pages 1st edition (2001) / HarperCollins
In today's market of dot-com dysfunction, maybe it is good to take a look back in history to learn how other businessmen and businesses started and stayed around long enough to succeed.
Growing a Business
by Paul Hawken / Paperback Rep edition (October 1988) / Fireside
The most successful business, your idea for a business, will grow from something that is deep within you, something that can't be stolen by anyone because it is so uniquely yours that anyone else who tried to execute your idea would fail. He dispels the myth of the risk-taking entrepreneur. The purpose of business, he points out, is not to take risks but rather to get something done.
How to Write a Business Plan
by Mike P. McKeever / Paperback: 256 pages / NOLO; 7th Bk&Cdr edition (January 30, 2005)
Thinking of starting a business or raising money to expand an existing one? This book will show you how to write the business plan and loan package necessary to finance your business and make it work.
In Business for Yourself
by Bruce Williams, Warren Sloat (Designer) /Hardcover (May 1991) / Scarborough House
The best how to succeed in business book I have ever read. This is a no nonsense, tell it like it is guide covering many crucial aspects of business ownership. Practical advice from first hand knowledge of someone who has been there and done that.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
by Peter F. Drucker
/ Paperback: 288 pages /  Collins; Reprint edition (May 9, 2006)
The first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline, this classic business title explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's entrepreneurial economy.
Innovation: Breakthrough Thinking at 3M, DuPont, GE, Pfizer, and Rubbermaid
Rosabeth Moss Kanter / Hardcover - 209 pages / Harperbusiness - 1997
While many managers still view creativity and originality in the workplace with suspicion and apprehension, some of today's top corporations are parlaying these same traits into notable long-term success.
Jump Start Your Marketing Brain: Scientific Advice and Practical Ideas
by Doug Hall, Jeffrey Stamp, Sergio Zyman/ Paperback: 176 pages / Emmis Books (January, 2006)
This is a powerful new approach to marketing that will multiply the impact of every dollar invested. Comprehensive research by Doug Hall details marketing initiatives that will deliver sustained success. After reading Jump Start Your Marketing Brain, readers will know how to more effectively and efficiently market and sell their brand, their services, their products, and even themselves! 
The Small Business Start-Up Kit
by Peri Pakroo, Barbara Kate Repa  / Paperback: 350 pages & CD / NOLO; 4th edition (2006)
The best step-by-step guide to starting a business available!  User-friendly and loaded with tips, The Small Business Start-Up Kit shows you how to launch a business quickly, easily and with confidence.The Small Business Start-Up Kit also includes all the forms and instructions you need both as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.
Upstart Start-Ups!: How 34 Young Entrepreneurs Overcame Youth, Inexperience, and Lack of Money to Create Thriving Businesses
by Ron Lieber / Paperback: 240 pages / Broadway; 1st edition (August 10, 1998)
Explains how 34 aspiring moguls formed the ventures that have allowed them to strike out on their own in such impressive fashion. Provides essential tips and information that will enable you to get your own business off the ground despite your age and financial situation.
Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping
by Paco Underhill / Paperback: 256 pages / Simon & Schuster (June 2, 2000)
Why We Buy is a wealth of retail insights, showing how men are beginning to shop like women, and how women have changed the way supermarkets are laid out.
Will It Sell? How to Determine If Your Invention Is Profitably Marketable
by James E. White/ Paperback - 360 pages (January 30, 2000) / James E. White & Assoc

Will It Sell? presents a sophisticated yet easy to follow approach to critical marketing methods and tactics every serious inventor will be able to apply to their day to day invention development activities right from the start. The resource listings are top quality, well researched, hit the subject matter hard, and make for inventors' instant access to information that otherwise doubles the effective size of the book.
The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business
by Steve Mariotti, Tony Towle, Debra Ellen DeSalvo /
Paperback - 272 pages (2000) / Times Books
You will definitely need pen and paper to jot down the plans this guide is sure to inspire. An excellent introduction for someone wanting to start a business, it contains ideas on everything from set up to marketing, record keeping, and legal structure.
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