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October is National Women’s Small Business Month

Businesses owned by women are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the small business community. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 5 percent of small businesses in 1970 were owned by women, while today that number is close to 30 percent. The Library has a variety of books that provide advice and guidance for women interested in starting a small business.

Click on a title to see if there are copies available for checkout or to place a hold on a book if it has a waiting list.

 Birthing the Elephant: The Woman's Go-for-it! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business by Karin Abarbanel and Bruce Freeman.
This book goes beyond logistics to prepare women for the emotional challenges they will face, with expert advice on reshaping one's business identity, giving up the paycheck mentality, anticipating problems and avoiding costly mistakes.

 The Boss of You: Everything a Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business by Lauren Bacon & Emira Mears.
You've got this great idea for a business, but how do you begin? What comes first? Authors and business owners Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears will walk you through each step in the process of finally turning your jewelry-making hobby or photography skills into the business you've always dreamed about.

 Clearing the Hurdles: Women Building High-Growth Businesses by Candida G. Brush.
This book draws on five years of original research, performed as part of the Diana Project -- a major initiative that explores ways women grow businesses. Five leading experts on women entrepreneurs offer systematic solutions to the challenges, offering timely advice to women dedicated to achieving success and claiming the rewards.

 Hired@Home: The Christian Mother's Guide to Working From Home by Sarah Hamaker.
Author and work-at-home mom Sarah Hamaker is ready to help Christian women in all stages of life discover the opportunities and juggle the responsibilities of at-home work.


 How She Does It: How Women Entrepreneurs are Changing the Rules of Business Success by Margaret Heffernan.
Heffernan finds a striking congruence between the things that women excel at and the demands of the new economy. After interviewing hundreds of women running businesses of all sizes and in all markets, she reveals a new standard of excellence and a new way for any company to get from good to great that is fast becoming the new norm.

 Making Money from Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business by Donna Partow.
In tough economic times, conventional jobs can be hard to find. A home-based business could be the answer for many people. “Making Money from Home” compares the cost of working outside the home with the benefits of working from home. It provides readers with the tools they need to run a successful home business, such as time management advice, details on the foundations of a solid business, tips on marketing goods and services, and information on how to use the Internet effectively and how to create a business plan.

 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women by Priscilla Y. Huff.
For nearly two decades, bestselling author and home-based business guru Priscilla Y. Huff has run a successful writing business out of her home while balancing her family life. From start-up costs to potential income, Huff shows readers how to choose the perfect home-based business from 101 of the best.

 Scrappy Startups: How 15 Ordinary Women Turned Their Unique Ideas into Profitable Businesses by Melanie R. Keveles.
Aiming to share stories of role models with other women, Keveles, a career and life coach and trainer, relates how 15 women entrepreneurs started successful businesses with little money, in the auto, clothing, food, music and other industries.

 There's a Business in Every Woman: A 7-Step Guide to Discovering, Starting, and Building the Business of Your Dreams by Ann M. Holmes.
Based on extensive interviews with more than 80 women entrepreneurs from around the country, this book offers inspiring success stories (and instructive missteps) for a wide range of businesses.

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