Subject Guide: Small Business

Are you interested in starting a small business, or are you already running one and need more information? This subject guide can help. It points you to useful items in our collection and directs you to helpful databases that can be accessed from your home or office.  Most small business-related books, DVDs or audiobooks in the Library are in the 658 call number range of the nonfiction section.

Also, check out the DCPL Business page to learn how to legally set up a company, write a business plan, hire and manage personnel, market your business and research your industry and your competitors. You will also find current local business news, links to local networking events, and a wealth of information on how to make your small business thrive.  

Last updated: June 3, 2015


  • Sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries.

  • A nationwide directory of U.S. and Canadian businesses and residences. Business listings include estimated sales, number of employees and a credit rating code, if available. Use the U.S. Jobs/internships section to search for positions and find information about the companies advertising them, with data from the job site

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  • The Art of the Start 2.0
    by Guy Kawasaki

    Newly revised and updated, this  guide for start-ups provides  advice on a wealth of topics, including writing a business plan, recruiting, raising capital and branding.

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting Your Own Business
    by Ed Paulson

    Coverage includes getting started with the right business, finding funding, and descriptions of the various types of corporations. Marketing, increasing sales, production plans, personnel and payroll are also discussed.

  • Fail Fast or Win Big
    by Bernhard Schroeder

    Today's entrepreneurs must embrace the idea of "failing fast." They need to connect with real customers and determine quickly whether their idea is worth pursuing, needs new direction, or should be abandoned altogether.

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  • Roadside MBA
    by Michael Mazzeo, Paul Oyer and Scott Schaefer

    While playing hooky from a conference, three former colleagues from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management hopped in a car and headed on a road trip. Instead of teaching the tried-and-true case studies involving GE and Microsoft, these three wise men decided to step out of out of the ivory tower and go in search of insights about product differentiation, pricing, brand management, building a team, and a host of other topics. 

  • Small Business Sourcebook

    Look here for specific small business profiles and general small business topics. This is a reference title and must be used in the library.

  • The Small Business Start- Up Kit
    by Peri Pakroo

    This book explains, in plain English, how to choose from among the basic types of business organizations, write an effective business plan, file the right forms with the right agencies, and acquire good bookkeeping and accounting habits.

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