Reference Books

Business Plans Handbook. Ref Job Business 658.4/Business.

Central Register. No longer in print. Available online
State, county, and municipal contracts out to bid for construction-related projects for Massachusetts public facilities.

Goods and Services Bulletin. No longer in print. Available online
Petitions for acquiring non-construction goods and services for Massachusetts government agencies. 
Small Business Sourcebook. Ref Job 658.022/Small. 2015-2016

Planning, Start-up, and Overviews

Call Number Author Title
658.041 Ramsey Ramsey, Dan 101 best home businesses.
658.11 Kawasaki Kawasaki, Guy The art of the start : the time-tested, battle-hardened guide for anyone starting anything 
658.11 McGuckin McGuckin, Frances Business for beginners: From research and business plans to money, marketing and the law.
658.11 Klueger Klueger, Robert F. Buying and selling a business: A step-by-step guide.
658.1141 Weltman 2007 Weltman, Barbara. The complete idiot's guide to starting a home-based business.
658.022 Thaler Thaler, John The elements of small business: A lay person's guide to the financial terms, marketing concepts and legal forms that every entrepreneur needs.
658.022 Awe Awe, Susan  The entrepreneur's information sourcebook: Charting the path to small business success.
658.11 Harvard Luecke, Richard Entrepreneur's toolkit: Tools and techniques to launch and grow your new business.
658.15224 Green Green, Charles H. Financing the small business.
346.066 2000 DiBlasi DiBlasi, Joseph P. How to form a corporation in Massachusetts: With forms.
658.4 McKeever 2014   How to write a business plan.
Bowers, Brent. If at first you don't succeed: The eight patterns of highly effective entrepreneurs.
Wolter, Romanus. Kick start your dream business: Getting it started and keeping you going.
346.0652 Legal 2015 Steingold, Fred. Legal guide for starting & running a small business.
658.11 Matthews Matthews, Jana B. Lessons from the edge: Survival skills for starting and growing a company.
658.11 Sargent Sargent, Dennis J. Retire, and start your own business.
658.022 Barajas Barajas, Louis Small business, big life: Five steps to creating a great life with your own small business.
658.022 Strauss Strauss, Steven D. The small business bible: Everything you need to know to succeed in your small business.
346.0652 Small 2014 Pakroo, Peri. The small business start-up kit.
  Small time operator.
658.011 How O'Neill, Julia K. How to start a business in Massachusetts.
REF BUSINESS 658.041 Olivera Olivera, Louis R. Start smart: Small business guide to local permits: Town of Framingham.
658.041 Start 2010 Lesonsky, Rieva. Start your own business: The only startup book you'll ever need.
658.11 Kurtzman Kurtzman, Joel. Startups that work: The 10 critical factors that will make or break a new company.
658.11 Steps 2006 Pinson, Linda. Steps to small business start-up: Everything you need to know to turn your idea into a successful business.
346.0652 Warda Warda, Mark. The weekend small business start-up kit.
658.041 Norman Norman, Jan. What no one ever tells you about starting your own business.
658.11 Barringer Barringer, Bruce. What's stopping you?: Shatter the 9 most common myths keeping you from starting your own business.


Running A Small Business

Call Number Author Title
658.022 Little Little, Steven S. The 7 irrefutable rules of small business growth.
658.872 Hughes Hughes, Mark. Buzzmarketing: Get people to talk about your stuff.
658.022 Drive 2002   Drive a modest car & 16 other keys to small business success.
658.041 Drake Drake, Susan M. Freelancing for dummies.
658 C
Collins, James C. Good to great: Why some companies make the leap--and others don't.
658.8 2007 Levinson Levinson, Jay Conrad. Guerrilla marketing: easy and inexpensive strategies for making big profits from your small business.
658.83 Kaden Kaden, Robert J. Guerrilla marketing research.
Pinson, Linda. Keeping the books: Basic recordkeeping and accounting for the successful small business.
658 Kurtzman Kurtzman, Joel. MBA in a box: Practical ideas from the best brains in business.
Scott, David Meerman. The new rules of marketing and PR: How to use news releases, blogs, podcasts, viral marketing and online media to reach your buyers directly.
Davidson, J. H. Offensive marketing: An action guide to gaining competitive advantage.
Nesheim, John L. The power of unfair advantage : How to create it, build it, and use it to maximum effect.
747.79 Zimmerman Zimmerman, Neal. Taunton's home workspace idea book.
Magazines & Newspapers
  • Boston Business Journal
  • Bloomberg Business Week 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Forbes 
  • Fortune 
  • Inc 
  • Worcester Business Journal

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ReferenceUSA. The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.

Business Insights: Essentials. Business and Company Resource Center is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Business Collection. Business Collection provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Credo Reference. (Click "Business" under Subjects) CREDO is a user-friendly search engine designed to help with research on thousands of topics. Just enter your search query (as you would in Google), and CREDO instantly scans millions of entries from over 70 publishers. Consider it your own private online reference library. Search results are drawn from the entire research collection, including images and sound files, enabling you to get relevant answers from a number of sources at once. Each reference title can also be accessed individually. New editions and new book titles are added regularly.
Titles of interest in Credo:
BUSINESS: The Ultimate Resource, 2011
Key Concepts in Marketing, 2009
Teach Yourself: Run Your Own Business, 2010

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Click "Business". The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Sources may be searched individually or together.
Titles of interest in GVRL:
Encyclopedia of Small Business, 2007
How to Write a Business Plan, 2013
The Complete Marketer, 2013
Gale Business Insights Handbook of Social Media Marketing, 2013


Massachusetts Resources

Growing Your Business in Framingham
License and permit information, microenterprise loan program, sign and facade improvement program, and more assistance for Framingham businesses.

Town of Framingham Zoning Bylaws 

MetroWest Chamber of Commerce

Kirstein Business Branch of Boston Public Library
Available to Massachusetts residents, the Kirstein Branch offers extensive resources and expert assistance for small businesses. 

Massachusetts Office of Business Development
Information on state business assistance programs; info and help for financing, site selection, permits, and more.

COMMBUYS is the only official procurement record system for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Departments. COMMBUYS offers free internet-based access to all public procurement information posted here in order to promote transparency, increase competition, and achieve best value for Massachusetts taxpayers.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Central Region
Free, confidential help for prospective and existing small businesses in the Central Massachusetts area.

Small Business Administration Massachusetts Chapter
Local information, resources, and services. Extensive list of training opportunities.

SCORE. Boston

SCORE. Worcester

Local chapters of the Service Corps of Retired Executives provide counseling, workshops, and more support and assistance for businesses.

Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)
Massachusetts agency that promotes the development of businesses and nonprofit organizations. Excellent links to local business resources.

Center for Women & Enterprise
Workshops and assistance for prospective and current women business owners.

International Institute of Boston
Expert counseling; assistance; loans for refugees or approved political asylees seeking to start or build a small business.

Massachusetts Traffic Volume Counts Database
The Massachusetts Highway Department's annual traffic data, organized by town and by route.

General Resources

SCORE: Service Corps of Retired Executives
SCORE, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling to entrepreneurs, offers free email counseling with experts in your field, sixty-second guides on business issues, business-plan and financial templates, online workshops, and links to many recommended sites. The site map helps to navigate this complex site.
Use this federal meta-site to find federal assistance programs, law and regulations, demographic information, taxes, and much more. 

Central Register
State, county, and municipal contracts out to bid for construction-related projects for Massachusetts public facilities.

FindLaw Small Business Tool Kit
Emphasizes legal matters, including contracts, human resources issues, taxes, funding, consumer issues, much more. You'll find guidance on many tricky legal issues, as well as downloadable forms.

Goods and Services Bulletin
Petitions for acquiring non-construction goods and services for Massachusetts government agencies.
Whether you're starting or already running a small business, Entrepreneur Magazine's website is packed with useful tips on subjects including marketing, money, home business, and business ideas based on industry or interest.

Small Business Administration 
Practical information about small-business matters, from the federal small business agency.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Business Know-How
Articles and links on topics of interest to small businesses.

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