Summer Reading

Help your business--and yourself--with these reads.
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This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Finding time to read a business brief, much less a new book, can be a challenge for any entrepreneur. Knowing that, we've done some of the work for you--sorting through the latest offerings to give you the lowdown on high-quality reads that can teach, inspire and make you rethink your direction. Here are some of our top picks:

Getting the Money

If you're looking to grow your business, Clearing the Hurdles: Women Building High-Growth Businesses (Prentice Hall, $24.95) by Candida Brush, Nancy M. Carter, et al., is a must-read. It describes creative financing options and explains the VC process in detail, dispelling myths while presenting the research on why it's still a huge challenge for women business owners to land the money they need.

Managing the Money

Structuring your business's financials properly and maintaining clear and accurate records is key for any company. Jan Zobel's Minding Her Own Business: The Self-Employed Woman's Guide to Taxes & Recordkeeping (Sphinx Publishing, $14.95) is a lifesaver for anyone who doesn't cite accounting as one of her strong points. Zobel's no-nonsense style gets right to business in a language that even non-CPAs can understand.

Finding Success

Former CEO and author Margaret Heffernan examines recurring issues for women in business, power, money and life in The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, $24.95). Can you have it all? Do women really work differently than men? And can you find success with all the conflicting messages out there about women in business? This book discusses possible answers, using both Heffernan's professional experiences and the stories of dozens of women at various stages of their careers and companies as examples.

Finding You

Many recent books have a strong focus on finding yourself, finding balance, and finding meaning in life and work. Here are a few to check out:

Woman of the Year

Do you know an entrepreneur who deserves to be recognized for her accomplishments? (Maybe it's you?) OPEN: The Small Business Network From American Express & Entrepreneur magazine's Woman of the Year Contest will honor one outstanding woman entrepreneur as Woman of the Year. For more details and to enter, visit . The deadline for entry is August 31, 2005.

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