Business Ownership

Is business ownership for you? Do you have a viable business idea?

If you don’t already have a business idea, browse the collection of guides for starting specific businesses found at the Business & Reference Center or search our catalog. Search online for trend information, including Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Business Ideas” section.

A SWOT analysis can be a useful tool to help you decide if entrepreneurship is the right fit for you. SCORE provides a free SWOT template, which you can discuss with a SCORE mentor.

Library Databases

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Book Recommendations on Leadership

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Call Number: 658.409 SCO
ISBN: 9781250103505
Publication Date: 2017-03-14

Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder by Jim Clifton; Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal

Call Number: 658.11 CLI
ISBN: 9781595620828
Publication Date: 2014-09-30

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Call Number: 658.4092 SAN
ISBN: 9780385349949
Publication Date: 2013-03-11

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim; Renée Mauborgne

Call Number: 658.802 KIM
ISBN: 9781591396192
Publication Date: 2005-02-01


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Business Ownership

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