To work for yourself, to be your own boss, to run your own business--for
many workers these phrases describe an American dream. The spirit of the independent small-business person
is praised as a force that makes America great. Faced with layoffs, limited job prospects and the economic uncertainties of recent years, many are also turning to self-employment in search of a way to function within today's economy.
Becoming a successful entrepreneur, however, is not an easy task. It requires
skill, motivation, hard work, and good luck. It also requires information in
large measure. The would-be business person stands on the brink of a new future
with a thousand questions that need answers. The Entrepreneur's Reference
Guide to Small Business Information was originally compiled by business
reference specialists at the Library of Congress to help beginners (and established
business owners who keep meeting new problems) find sources that can guide
them to the right questions and the best answers.
To select material for the 4th edition of the guide, intern Aileen M. J. Marshall, working with editor Ellen Terrell and the original compiler, Robert Jackson, examined major bibliographies, subscription databases, and standard web sites dealing with small
business information and collected citations filed under relevant subject headings
in the computer catalogs of the Library
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From all these sources items were chosen that appeared to be relevant and useful for the entrepreneur and for information providers working with
small-business people, as well as up-to-date and indicative of the most recent
work in the field. Every effort was made to examine each work suggested before being accepted for
inclusion in this bibliography. Where appropriate, citations to online editions
of these works, or other related materials on the Internet have also been
With regard to the Internet resources included in this bibliography, it should be noted that links to
resources not maintained by the Library of Congress are provided as an aid
to researchers only. The Library assumes no responsibility for the maintenance
or content of these sites. Any questions regarding these sites should be posed
directly to the administrators of those sites.
This guide cites "how to" books, reference books, and directories, all of
which will be useful at some point in the process of becoming an independent
business leader. Many of the items listed in this guide are serials,
such as annuals or yearbooks, which put out new editions regularly. In the
entry for a serial item the date of the publication's first appearance is given,
followed by a hyphen and the notation "present". This indicates that to the best of our knowledge
the work is still being issued, and a researcher can expect to find that
current issues are available. Many of the books and serials listed
in this guide are available for sale from book dealers, and most will be found
in a local public or university library.
As was true of the previous edition, this edition is marked by the inclusion of a growing number of titles discussing
electronic commerce. Hyper-linked Library of Congress subject headings relating to entrepreneurship,
which allow the user to launch a search for additional materials in the Library
of Congress Online Catalog directly from the guide, are another feature which continue from the previous edition.