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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 of Congress.

The Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information

4th Edition

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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 included.

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.

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