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The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good
The Power of Social Innovation
How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470576847

THE POWER of SOCIAL INNOVATION

Civic leaders across the U.S. and throughout the world are discovering creative ways to overcome the obstacles that seal the doors of opportunity for too many.

These inspiring individuals believe that within our communities lie the entrepreneurial spirit, compassion, and resources to make progress in such critical areas as education, housing, and economic self-reliance. Real progress requires that we take bold action and leverage our strengths for the greater good.

The Power of Social Innovation offers public officials, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and individual citizens the insights and skills to create healthier communities and promote innovative solutions to public and social problems. This seminal work is based on Stephen Goldsmith's decades of experience, extensive ongoing research, and interviews with 100+ top leaders from a wide variety of sectors.

Goldsmith shows that everyday citizens can themselves produce extraordinary social change. The book explores the levers and guiding principles used by champions of civic progress who drive new organizations, new interventions, or new policies to enhance social conditions.

The Power of Social Innovation features illustrative case studies of change-oriented philanthropists, public officials, and civic leaders. While all collaborate across sectors, they run both start-ups and established organizations such as the New York City public schools, United Way of America, the United Negro College Fund, and Teach For America. The book shows the catalyzing role each plays in transforming a community's social service delivery systems.

To complement the book's myriad tools and case studies, The Power of Social Innovation web site (www.powerofsocialinnovation.com) provides links to relevant Harvard research as well as additional helpful resources.

Running a Restaurant for Dummies
Running a Restaurant for Dummies
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1119605458

The easy way to successfully run a profitable restaurant

Millions of Americans dream of owning and running their own restaurant because they want to be their own boss, because their cooking always draws raves, or just because they love food. Running a Restaurant For Dummies covers every aspect of getting started for aspiring restaurateurs. From setting up a business plan and finding financing, to designing a menu and dining room, you'll find all the advice you need to start and run a successful restaurant.

Even if you don't know anything about cooking or running a business, you might still have a great idea for a restaurant and this handy guide will show you how to make your dream a reality. If you already own a restaurant, but want to see it get more successful, Running a Restaurant For Dummies offers unbeatable tips and advice for bringing in hungry customers. From start to finish, you'll learn everything you need to know to succeed.

  • New information on designing, re-designing, and equipping a restaurant with all the essentials from the back of the house to the front of the house
  • Determining whether to rent or buy restaurant property
  • Updated information on setting up a bar and managing the wine list
  • Profitable pointers on improving the bottom line
  • The latest and greatest marketing and publicity options in a social-media world
  • Managing and retaining key staff
  • New and updated information on menu creation and the implementation of Federal labeling (when applicable), as well as infusing local, healthy, alternative cuisine to menu planning

Running a Restaurant For Dummies gives you the scoop on the latest trends that chefs and restaurant operators can implement in their new or existing restaurants.

P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you re probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Running a Restaurant For Dummies (9781118027929). The book you see here shouldn t be considered a new or updated product. But if you re in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We re always writing about new topics

Spark & Hustle: Launch and Grow Your Small Business Now
Spark & Hustle
Launch and Grow Your Small Business Now
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0425247465
YOUR PASSION.

YOUR PURPOSE.

YOUR PROFIT.

Some people are willing to spend their lives working for someone else. Not you. You're ready to start your own business--or grow your existing business into something bigger. You're ready to take control of your life, your finances, your future.

Tory Johnson helps you make it happen. Based on her phenomenally successful "Spark & Hustle" workshops, Tory breaks down the basics, and helps you create a plan for success, including

  • Exploring your motivations to profit from your passion
  • How to nail a one-page business plan to launch your idea with clarity and confidence
  • Finding the money to get going, perfecting your revenue and pricing
  • Making social media (and other free tools) profitable for you
  • Mastering sales without cringing at the thought of asking for money
  • Detailed strategies for every aspect of your start-up and tactics to hustle for ongoing small business success
Nonprofits in Crisis: Economic Development, Risk, and the Philanthropic Kuznets Curve
Nonprofits in Crisis
Economic Development, Risk, and the Philanthropic Kuznets Curve
Hardcover      ISBN: 0253006856

Why do some countries have a vibrant nonprofit sector while others do not? Nonprofits in Crisis explores the theory of risk as a major mechanism through which economic development influences the nonprofit sector. Nuno S. Themudo elaborates this idea by focusing on Mexican nonprofit organizations, which operate and strive to survive in a risky environment. The study of these nonprofits generates broader lessons about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that complement wider cross-national statistical analysis.

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.

The E Myth Revisited
The E Myth Revisited
Paperback      ISBN: 0887307280

E-Myth \ 'e-, 'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work

Voted #1 business book by Inc. 500 CEOs.

An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.

Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business--from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed--and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

The E-Myth Revisited will help you grow your business in a productive, assured way.

Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea Into a Reality
Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!
Make Your Million-Dollar Idea Into a Reality
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804176434
NATIONAL BESTSELLER - From one of the stars of ABC's Shark Tank and QVC's Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner comes a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it a success.

Turn your idea into a reality.
Become your own boss.
Make your first million.
Achieve financial freedom.
Lori Greiner shows you how.

Invent It, Sell It, Bank It is a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it profitable. Sharing her own secret formula and personal stories along the way, Lori provides vital information and advice on topics that can often intimidate, frustrate, and stump aspiring entrepreneurs.

Offering behind-the-scenes insights into her experiences on ABC's Shark Tank and QVC-TV's Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, as well as valuable lessons learned from the mistakes and triumphs of her early career, Lori proves that, with hard work and the right idea, anyone can turn themselves into the next overnight success.

Lori covers such topic as . . .

- Market research: Is your idea a hero or a zero? Don't be so fixated on the end result that you forget to make something that people actually want to buy.
- Product design: I have an idea, now what's next? From concept to prototype to final product: How do I make it and where do I start?
- Funding: Although loans, investments, and crowd-sourcing are great ways to access cash, first tap into your own resources as wisely as possible.
- Manufacturing: Seeing your final product roll off the assembly line is a magical moment, but there are things to watch out for so you get there in a cost-effective way.
- Protecting your idea: To patent or not to patent, and other things you can do to safeguard your idea.
- The secrets to selling successfully: You got the product made, now learn how to get people to buy it
The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don't Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living
The Magic of Tiny Business
You Don't Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living
Paperback      ISBN: 1523094788
This is a powerful book--tiny is mighty. Sharon Rowe's simple shift in thinking is a profound idea, precisely what we need to hear.
--Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

Too many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose. We fantasize about starting our own business, yet we're warned against falling into debt, working eighty hours a week, and coping with the pressure to grow. Eco-Bags Products founder Sharon Rowe says there's another way: go tiny.

Like a tiny house, a tiny business is built on maintaining a laser focus on what is essential by living an intentional life. As an entrepreneur and mother, Rowe is most concerned with putting family first, maintaining financial security, and doing something that makes an impact in the world. Using the success story of Eco-Bags Products, Rowe distills the step-by-step process of building a profitable, right-scaled, sustainable venture that doesn't compromise your values. She shows you how to test your concept, manage your money and priorities, and more, while staying true to the tiny ethos.
Sell More Faster: The Ultimate Sales Playbook for Startups
Sell More Faster
The Ultimate Sales Playbook for Startups
Hardcover      ISBN: 1119597803

From Amos Schwartzfarb, serial entrepreneur and veteran Managing Director of Techstars Austin comes the elemental, essential, and effective strategy that will help any startup identify, build, and grow their customers from day 1

Most startups fail because they can't grow revenue early or quickly enough. Startup CEOs will tell you their early missteps can be attributed to not finding their product market fit early enough, or at all. Founders overspend time and money trying to find product-market fit and make false starts, follow the wrong signals, and struggle to generate enough revenue to scale and raise funding. And all the while they never really knew who their customers were, what product they really needed, and why they needed it. But it doesn't have to be this way, and founders don't need to face it alone. Through expert guidance and experienced mentorship, every startup can avoid these pitfalls.

The ultimate guide for building and scaling any startup sales organization, Sell More Faster shares the proven systems, methods, and lessons from Managing Director of Techstars Austin and sales expert Amos Schwartzfarb. Hear from founders of multi-million-dollar companies and CEOs who learned firsthand with Techstars, the leading mentorship-driven startup accelerator and venture capital firm that has invested in and mentored thousands of companies, collectively representing billions of dollars in funding and market cap. Schwartzfarb, and the Techstars Worldwide Network of more than 10,000 mentors do one thing better than anyone: help startup entrepreneurs succeed. They know how to sell, how to hire people who know how to sell, and how to use sales to gain venture funding--and now you can, too.

Sell More Faster delivers the critical strategies and guidance necessary to avoid and manage the hazards all startups face and beat the odds. This valuable resource delivers:

  • A comprehensive playbook to identify product market direction and product market fit
  • Expert advice on building a diverse sales team and how to identify, recruit, and train the kinds of team members you need
  • Models and best practices for sales funnels, pricing, compensation, and scaling
  • A roadmap to create a repeatable and measurable path to find product-market fit
  • Aggregated knowledge from Techstars leaders and industry experts

Sell More Faster is an indispensable guide for entrepreneurs seeking product-market fit, building their sales team, developing a growth strategy, and chasing accelerated, sustained selling success.

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.