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Books to Borrow

Just jot down the call number next to a book below, and find it on the library shelves. Use the Book Catalog search box above to find more.

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The $100 startup : reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future - Guillebeau, Chris
Call Number: HD 62.5 .G854 2012
ISBN: 0307951529

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The Startup playbook : secrets of the fastest-growing startups from their founding entrepreneurs - Kidder, David S.
Call Number: HD 62.5 .K522 2012
ISBN: 1452105049

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How to write a business plan - McKeever, Mike P
Call Number: HD30.28 .M38 2008
ISBN: 1413309089

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The small business start-up kit - Pakroo, Peri.
Call Number: KF1659 .P35 2012
ISBN: 1413316840

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Business plans that work for your small business
Call Number: HD 62.7 . B867 2008
ISBN: 0808017934

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Keeping the books: basic recordkeeping and accounting for the successful small business - Pinson, Linda
Call Number: HF 5635 .P649 2007
ISBN: 1419584383

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The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself - Jantsch, John
Call Number: HF 5438.25 .J36 2010
ISBN: 1591844428

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Brand Failures: the truth about the 100 biggest branding mistakes of all time - Matt Haig
Call Number: HD69.B7 H345 2011
ISBN: 074946299X
Publication Date: 2011-06-28

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Brand Success - Matt Haig
ISBN: 0749462876
Publication Date: 2011-07-28

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The women’s small business start-up kit: a step-by-step legal guide - Pakroo, Peri
Call Number: HD 6053 .P35 2010
ISBN: 1413311881

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Doggy business 101 : a practical guide to starting and running your own business - Niemeyer, Darlene
Call Number: SF 434.5 .N54 2009
ISBN: 0793806275

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Running a side business: how to create a second income - Richard Stim and Lisa Guerin
Call Number: HD 5854.5 .S75 2009
ISBN: 1413310672

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Outrageous fortunes: the twelve surprising trends that will reshape the global economy - Altman, Daniel
Call Number: HB 3730 .A625 2011
ISBN: 0805091025

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The 4-hour workweek: escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich - Ferriss, Timothy
Call Number: HD 6955 .F435 2009
ISBN: 0307465357

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Built to sell: creating a business that can thrive without you - Warrillow, John
Call Number: HD 1393.25 .W37 2011
ISBN: 1591843979

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The disaster recovery handbook: a step-by-step plan to ensure business continuity and protect vital operations, facilities and assets - Wallace, Michael
Call Number: HD 49 .W36 2010
ISBN: 0814416136

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Legal forms for starting & running a small business - Steingold, Fred
Call Number: KF1659.A65 S74 2012
ISBN: 1413316832

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It’s your biz: the complete guide to becoming your own boss - Solovic, Susan Wilson.
Call Number: HD62.5 .S6729 2012
ISBN: 0814416713

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The employer’s legal handbook - Steingold, Fred
Call Number: KF3455 .S737 2011
ISBN: 1413313906


Online catalog subjects

Search for books with the Book Catalog link at the top of this page. Subject headings like these work well to find books in this Library:

New business enterprises
Start-up business enterprises
Small business
Small business management
Retail trade
Consumer behavior
Legal forms
Small business law and legislation
Small business finance
Small business planning
Business ethics
Women in business

To find books with sample business plans, search the catalog with the subject  “New business enterprises planning.”


Statistics & Demographics

Demographic & economic data and much more from 100 federal agencies.

Small Business Administration: Links to consumer statistics, demographics, economic, income; specific industries, much more.

    Consumer Expenditure Survey
    Shows how much Americans spend on specific types of consumer goods. Scroll down the main page for most recent Consumer Expenditure Reports, or comparisons by region. You can also click the Subject Area tab running across the page in red. From Bureau of Labor Statistics & Census Bureau.

    County Business Patterns
    Search for numbers of types of businesses in each county, with numbers of employees, more. New: under Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Area, choose Glens Falls MSA.

    U.S. Census Bureau: American Factfinder
    - "Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data." Do a search by zip code or county; click Show More for details. In left column, choose People > Income for income by household or per capita.

    U.S. Census Bureau: Business Data You Can Use - Economic Census data of U.S. businesses from 2002 and 2007 economic censuses; national, state and county information on sales, industries, much more. Also see Business & Industry links.

    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Career, salary, job outlook information from the U.S. Department of Labor, updated each year.

    Statistics for Specific Industries (from Small Business Administration; useful for developing your business plan, refining your business strategy and managing your business) 

    New York State:

    Open.ny.govOpen Data Portal from New York State, offering local, state, federal statistics on huge variety of topics. Debuted in March, 2013.  

    New York State Statistics: "From Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in cooperation with the Office of the Governor and the New York State Division of the Budget. Similar to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the Yearbook is organized into chapters focusing on specific governmental functions or subjects, such as Education, Transportation, and Finances. At the beginning of each of these 15 sections, “Highlight” information is provided along with a listing of tables in that section. For most of the tables, data are presented for the five boroughs of New York City and the 57 counties outside New York City."  The library owns the New York State Statistical Yearbook REF. HA 541 .N489 (annual).

    New York State Data Center: "The state's primary and most comprehensive source for economic and demographic data, tracking the trends of the State of New York, its businesses and people." From Empire State Development. 

    Post-Star's DataVault - Glens Falls region's daily newspaper offers a page of selected statistics sources for this area.

    Jimapco Map Room - Local map company offers web site with demographics for specific local areas.

    These reference books below offer demographics, income, educational level, etc.
    They're located on the main floor of the library. Tip: Check sources at the bottom of the statistical charts in these books; you can search those agency Web sites for more current information, or use the Web sites above.

    • Statistical Abstract of the United States REF. HA 202 .A38 (annual)
    • County Business Patterns: New York REF. HC 107 .N7 U517 2000 (see latest online version)
    • County and City Extra REF. HA 203 .C68 (annual)
    • New York State Statistical Yearbook REF. HA 541 .N489 (annual)
    • American Time Use   REF. HD 69 .T54 A46 2007

    See the Web Sites tab for more.

    Small Business Administration Links:


    Reference Books

    Find these books on the main floor of the library. They cannot be borrowed, but are always in the library to use.

    Business Plan Books:

    Prentice Hall Ency. of Model Business Plans
    REFERENCE HD 30.28.C76 1998

    Business Plans Handbook (many volumes)
    REFERENCE HD 62.7 .B865
    Sampler of actual business plans by small businesses. Also online in Gale Virtual Reference Library; see "Online Reference" tab above.

    Small Business Research Books:

    Directory of Business Information Resources
    REF. HF 54.52 .U5 D56 2012

    Small business sourcebook: the entrepreneur’s resource
    Ref. HD 2341 .S63 2011 Vol. 1-6 (find trade associations, trade journals, more)

    Encyclopedia of Small Business (2 vols.)
    REFERENCE HD 62.7 .H553 1998
    2002 edition available online in Gale Virtual Reference Library database; see "Online Reference" tab above.

    How to Set Up Your Own Small Business (2 vols.)
    REFERENCE HD 62.7 .H69 2009 (2005 edition is in Circulating Collection)

    Small Business Desk Reference

    REFERENCE HD 2341 .S5689 2004


    More New Entrepereneurship Books

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    Minding my business : the complete, no-nonsense, start-to-finish guide to owning and running your own store - Mignogna, Adeena
    Call Number: HF5429.3 .M534 2013
    ISBN: 1626360073

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    Launching a business : the first 100 days - Barringer, Bruce R.
    Call Number: HD62.5 .B364 2013
    ISBN: 1606493973

    Resources at Public Libraries

    If you have a library card for a local library, you can use their online resources!


    More Books to Borrow

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    Eco-Business : a Big-Brand Takeover of Sustainability - Dauvergne, Peter
    ISBN: 0262018764
    Dauvergne, Peter. Eco-Business : a Big-Brand Takeover of Sustainability / 2013 HC79.E5 D346 2013

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    The portable MBA in entrepreneurship - Bygrave, William D.
    Call Number: HD 62.5 .B94 2010
    ISBN: 0470481315

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    Entrepreneurship: an evidence-based guide - Baron, Robert A.
    Call Number: HB615 .B366 2012
    ISBN: 1781000395

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    Five pennies: ten rules to successfully build a franchise mega-brand and maximize system profits - Helgerson, Lonnie
    Call Number: HF5429.23 .H45 2012
    ISBN: 098518101X

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    The top 10 distinctions between entrepreneurs and employees - Smith, Keith Cameron.
    Call Number: HB 615 .S65 2012
    ISBN: 0345535502

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    InGenius - Tina Seelig
    Call Number: BF408 .S3865 2012
    ISBN: 0062020706

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    Uncommon service: how to win by putting customers at the core of your business - Frei, Frances
    Call Number: HF5415.5 .F728 2012
    ISBN: 1422133311

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    The start-up of you: adapt to the future, invest in yourself, and transform your career - Hoffman, Reid
    Call Number: HF5384 .H63 2012
    ISBN: 0307888908

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    Smart pricing: how Google, Priceline, and leading businesses use pricing innovation for profitability - Jagmohan Raju; Z. John Zhang
    Call Number: HF 5416.5 .R35 2010
    ISBN: 013149418X

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    Spark & hustle: launch and grow your small business now - Johnson, Tory
    Call Number: HD62.5 .J646 2012
    ISBN: 0425247465

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    Effectual entrepreneurship - Read, Stuart.
    Call Number: HB615 .E453 2011
    ISBN: 0415586445

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    Make yourself unforgettable: how to become the person everyone remembers and no one can resist
    Call Number: BF 637.S8 M216 2011
    ISBN: 143918822X

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    I shouldn’t be telling you this: success secrets every gutsy girl should know - White, Kate
    Call Number: HF5386 .W487 2012
    ISBN: 0062122126

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    Buy shoes on Wednesday and tweet at 4:00: more of the best times to buy this, do that, and go there - Di Vincenzo, Mark
    Call Number: TX335 .D524 2012
    ISBN: 006211770X

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    The edge: 50 tips from brands that lead - Adamson, Allen P.
    Call Number: HF5415.15 .A33 2013
    ISBN: 0230342248

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    The leadership challenge: how to make extraordinary things happen in organizations - Kouzes, James M
    Call Number: HD57.7 .K68 2012
    ISBN: 0470651725


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