Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Books: Small Business Book Awards

It’s that time of the year — it’s the 3rd annual Small Business Book Awards by Small Business Trends, where we celebrate and honor the new business book releases for 2010.

This year the Awards are bigger and better than ever.  Here is what’s new this year:

  • There’s a special site specifically for you to vote on your favorite books through December 15, 2010.
  • This year the voting is completely transparent.  You can sort the book entries by number of votes, and see exactly where each book stands in the running at any moment.
  • The books are searchable by 6 topics.  That way, the site can be an ongoing resource for those looking for relevant reading.

Since the site is new, we thought for the next few days, we’d put the spotlight on each of the 6 categories of books, so you can get a feel for the kinds of books in the running.

Today’s spotlight will focus on the Entrepreneurship category — books with insights and advice on entrepreneurship.

Vote! 2010 Small Business Book AwardsIn an earlier article Scott Shane said “entrepreneurs think differently.” So, entrepreneurs’ reading material is probably different too, from say, the manager in a Fortune 500 company (unless she’s planning to start a small business in the future). We are looking for practical, down-to-earth advice on how to think, lead and grow written from a perspective that respects our size and our direct access to employees and clients. Entrepreneurship is definitely art and business, and it’s not for the faint of heart. To stay at our best, new information or old information in new ways, is a must.  So far, 12 Entrepreneurship books have been nominated, including:

Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months
A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works
by Melinda F. Emerson, Michael C. Critelli

Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders
How Your Genes Affect Your Work Life
by Scott Shane

Business Model Generation
A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
by Alexander Osterwalde, Yves Pigneur

Do More Faster
TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
by Brad Feld, David Cohen

How to Start a Business: Mac Version

10 Essential Business Steps for Startups Using a Mac
by Kevin Cullis

How to Start Your Business With $100
by Ja-Naé Duane

Lists That Saved My Business
by Angel Tuccy, Eric Reamer

Predictable Success
Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track – and Keeping It There by Les McKeown

Take Action! Revise Later
by Bob Jenkins

The Wealthy Freelancer
12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle
by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, Ed Gandia

Tipping the Odds for the Entrepreneur
Big Ideas on Success for the Small Business Owner
by Kevin C. Maki

Working Naked
A Guide to the Bare Essentials of Home Office Life
by Lisa Kanarek

Take a look at the entrepreneurship books, and vote for your favorites.  It takes 10 seconds to vote — no registration is required.  Just click the VOTE button next to the title of the books you want to vote on for the top 10.  If you don’t see your favorite there and you think it’s eligible, you can also submit it .

And vote for as many books as you wish (one IP address can vote daily).

But remember, the deadline is December 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM Los Angeles time. So, New York, you get an extra three hours to get your votes in.  Go vote!

Jamillah Warner Jamillah Warner (Ms.J), a poet with a passion for business, is a Georgia-based writer and speaker and the Marketing Coordinator at Nobuko Solutions. She also provides marketing and communication quick tips in her getCLEAR! MicroNewsletter.