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Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur
Startup Life
Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur
Hardcover      ISBN: 1118443640
Real life insights on what it takes to make it in a relationship with an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are always on the go, looking for the next startup challenge. And while they lead very intensely rewarding lives, time is always short and relationships are often long-distant and stressed because of extended periods apart. Coping with these, and other obstacles, are critical if an entrepreneur and their partner intend on staying together--and staying happy.

In Startup Life, Brad Feld--a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist--shares his own personal experiences with his wife Amy, offering a series of rich insights into successfully leading a balanced life as a human being who wants to play as hard as he works and who wants to be as fulfilled in life and in work. With this book, Feld distills his twenty years of experience in this field to addresses how the village of startup people can put aside their workaholic ways and lead rewarding lives in all respects.

  • Includes real-life examples of entrepreneurial couples who have had successful relationships and what works for them
  • Provides practical advice for adapting to change and overcoming the inevitable ups and downs associated with the entrepreneurial lifestyle
  • Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years

While there's no secret formula to relationship success in the world of the entrepreneur, there are ways to making navigation of this territory easier. Startup Life is a well-rounded guide that has the insights and advice you need to succeed in both your personal and business life.

Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do
Burn the Business Plan
What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do
Paperback      ISBN: 1476794375
Business startup advice from the former president of the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation and cofounder of Global Entrepreneurship Week and StartUp America, this "thoughtful study of 'how businesses really start, grow, and prosper'...dispels quite a few business myths along the way" (Publishers Weekly).

Carl Schramm, the man described by The Economist as "The Evangelist of Entrepreneurship," has written a myth-busting guide packed with tools and techniques to help you get your big idea off the ground. Schramm believes that entrepreneurship has been misrepresented by the media, business books, university programs, and MBA courses. For example, despite the emphasis on the business plan in most business schools, some of the most successful companies in history--Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and hundreds of others--achieved success before they ever had a business plan.

Burn the Business Plan punctures the myth of the cool, tech-savvy twenty-something entrepreneur with nothing to lose and venture capital to burn. In fact most people who start businesses are juggling careers and mortgages just like you. The average entrepreneur is actually thirty-nine years old, and the success rate of entrepreneurs over forty is five times higher than that of those under age thirty. Entrepreneurs who come out of the corporate world often have discovered a need for a product or service and have valuable contacts to help them get started.

Filled with stories of successful entrepreneurs who drew on real-life experience rather than academic coursework, Burn the Business Plan is the guide to starting and running a business that will actually work for the rest of us.
Bookkeeping All-In-One for Dummies
Bookkeeping All-In-One for Dummies
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1119592909

Manage the art of bookkeeping

Do you need to get up and running on bookkeeping basics and the latest tools and technology used in the field? You've come to the right place Bookkeeping All-In-One For Dummies is your go-to guide for all things bookkeeping. Bringing you accessible information on the new technologies and programs, it cuts through confusing jargon and gives you friendly instruction you can use right away.

Inside, you'll learn how to keep track of transactions, unravel up-to-date tax information, recognize your assets, and so much more.

  • Covers all the new techniques and programs in the bookkeeping field
  • Shows you how to manage assets and liabilities
  • Explains how to track business transactions accurately with ledgers and journals
  • Helps you make sense of accounting and bookkeeping basics

Get all the info you need to jumpstart your career as a bookkeeper

Form Your Own Limited Liability Company: Create an LLC in Any State
Form Your Own Limited Liability Company
Create an LLC in Any State
Paperback      ISBN: 1413326870
Make your business an LLC

Structuring your business as an LLC can bring important advantages: It lets you limit your personal liability for business debts and simplify your taxes. Here, you'll find the key legal forms you need to create a single-member or multi-member LLC in your state, including:

  • LLC articles of organization
  • operating agreement for member-managed LLC
  • operating agreement for manager-managed LLC
  • LLC reservation of name letter, and
  • minutes of meeting form.

Form Your Own Limited Liability Company has easy-to-understand instructions, including how to create an operating agreement that covers how profits and losses are divided and major business decisions are made. You'll also learn how to choose a unique LLC name that meets state legal requirements and how to take care of ongoing legal and tax paperwork.

The 11th edition is completely revised to reflect the latest federal and state laws.

With Downloadable Forms Download an operating agreement and other forms for your LLC at Nolo.com (details inside).

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
Girl Code
Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
Paperback      ISBN: 0525533087
Women around the world have responded to Cara Alwill Leyba's Girl Code with a resounding YES. Companies like Kate Spade and Macy's have brought her in to teach "the Code." Inc. magazine named Girl Code one of the "Top 9 Inspiring Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read" alongside Lean In, #Girlboss, and Thrive.

A few years ago, I made a crazy claim in the first edition of Girl Code that in today's competitive marketplace, the fiercest thing a female entrepreneur can do is to support other women.

Something dynamic happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, cut the bullsh*t, and truly have each other's backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work--which all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and our solutions.

I'm convinced that there's no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let's start sharing what we've learned to make each other better. Let's start building each other up. Let's live up to our potential and start ruling the world.

Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, "side hustlers" (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and any­one in between. This book won't teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company. It won't teach you about systems or finance. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your "why," eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that's what life and business are all about.
Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small
Get Scrappy
Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small
Hardcover      ISBN: 0814437311

It's an exciting time to be in marketing, with an array of equalizing platforms from the Internet to social media to content marketing, that have reset the playing field for businesses large and small. Yet, it's also a challenging time, with much work to do and an ever-changing array of platforms, features, and networks to master--all on tighter budgets than ever before. Don't get discouraged, get scrappy Weaving hacks, tips, idea starters, and more, chief brand strategist Nick Westergaard has provided in Get Scrappy a plan of attack for businesses of any size to: - Demystify digital marketing in a way that makes sense for your business- Do more with less- Build a strong brand with something to say- Create relevant and engaging content for your social media platforms- Spark dialogue with your community of customers- Measure what matters- And moreThe result will be a reliable, repeatable system for building your brand, creating engaging content, and growing your community of customers. Don't wait for marketing to reinvent itself. Instead, proactively reinvent your company's marketing to maximize its reach

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential
Uncharitable
How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential
Paperback      ISBN: 1584659556

Uncharitable goes where no other book on the nonprofit sector has dared to tread. Where other texts suggest ways to optimize performance inside the existing paradigm, Uncharitable suggests that the paradigm itself is the problem and calls into question our fundamental canons about charity. Author Dan Pallotta argues that society's nonprofit ethic acts as a strict regulatory mechanism on the natural economic law. It creates an economic apartheid that denies the nonprofit sector critical tools and permissions that the for-profit sector is allowed to use without restraint (e.g., no risk-reward incentives, no profit, counterproductive limits on compensation, and moral objections to the use of donated dollars for anything other than program expenditures). These double-standards place the nonprofit sector at extreme disadvantage to the for profit sector on every level. While the for profit sector is permitted to use all the tools of capitalism to advance the sale of consumer goods, the nonprofit sector is prohibited from using any of them to fight hunger or disease. Capitalism is blamed for creating the inequities in our society, but charity is prohibited from using the tools of capitalism to rectify them. Ironically, this is all done in the name of charity, but it is a charity whose principal benefit flows to the for-profit sector and one that denies the nonprofit sector the tools and incentives that have built virtually everything of value in society. The very ethic we have cherished as the hallmark of our compassion is in fact what undermines it. This irrational system, Pallotta explains, has its roots in 400-year-old Puritan ethics that banished self-interest from the realm of charity. The ideology is policed today by watchdog agencies and the use of "efficiency" measures, which Pallotta argues are flawed, unjust, and should be abandoned. By declaring our independence from these obsolete ideas, Pallotta theorizes, we can dramatically accelerate progress on the most urgent social issues of our time. Pallotta has written an important, provocative, timely, and accessible book--a manifesto about equal economic rights for charity. Its greatest contribution may be to awaken society to the fact that they were so unequal in the first place.

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big
Small Giants
Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591840937

How maverick companies have passed up the growth treadmill and focused on greatness instead.
It s an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do . . . creating a great place to work . . . providing great customer service . . . making great contributions to their communities . . . and finding great ways to lead their lives.
In"Small Giants," veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummer. They include Anchor Brewing, the original microbrewer; CitiStorage Inc., the premier independent records-storage business; Clif Bar & Co., maker of organic energy bars and other nutrition foods; Righteous Babe Records, the record company founded by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco; Union Square Hospitality Group, the company of restaurateur Danny Meyer; and Zingerman s Community of Businesses, including the world-famous Zingerman s Deli of Ann Arbor.
Burlingham shows how the leaders of these small giants recognized the full range of choices they had about the type of company they could create. And he shows how we can all benefit by questioning the usual definitions of business success. In his new afterward, Burlingham reflects on the similarities and learning lessons from the small giants he covers in the book."

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need
The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need
Paperback      ISBN: 1541617819
From top experts in the field, the definitive guide to grant-writing

Written by two expert authors who have won secured millions of dollars in government and foundation grants, The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need is the classic book on grant seeking, providing a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for government, nonprofit, and individual grant seekers. Drawing on decades of experience in grant writing and professional development, Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox demystify the process of securing grants while offering indispensable advice from funders and recipients.
This updated fifth edition includes:
  • Vital information about grantsmanship in today's ever-changing economic and social climate
  • In-depth interviews with funders, nonprofit leaders, and policy makers about the grants process
  • A new chapter on how to diversify funding and think outside the box when grants are scarce
  • Concrete suggestions for developing each section of a proposal
  • Hands-on exercises that let you practice what you learn
  • A detailed description of important websites for grant seekers
  • Strategies for developing and presenting programs that are likely to receive grants
Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization
Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization
Paperback      ISBN: 0816627770

Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization is a book for people who are forming new small nonprofits; thinking about converting an informal, grassroots group into tax-exempt status; reorganizing an existing agency; or currently managing a nonprofit. It provides practical and basic how-to information on legal, tax, organizational, and other issues particular to nonprofits.

This one-of-a-kind resource has been a valuable guide to nonprofit management for decades. While much of the information originated in an earlier era of nonprofit formation, it remains highly useful for gaining an overview and creating an action plan for people entering this realm of organizational management. Its compact format provides information in an easy-to-understand style. The book describes, step-by-step, the typical phases of creating and operating a new nonprofit, including incorporation, establishing a board of directors, writing bylaws, obtaining tax-exempt status, creating a strategic plan, budgeting and grant seeking, understanding accounting principles, managing human resources, and creating a community relations plan.

The Center for Nonprofit Management is a department of the Graduate School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and St. Paul. It provides training and guidance in all aspects of the nonprofit sector to existing organizations as well as individuals or groups who are seeking help in starting a nonprofit.