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  • How to Start a Business in California. Entrepreneur Pr.2007. Book & CD-ROM with everything you need to know to start a business in the Golden State, including 199 forms & worksheets on the CD.

“Chapters cover the research and planning stages, raising capital, marketing, hiring personnel, legal and tax issues, and even growth strategies and exit policies. Each chapter is subdivided into sections that outline every step of the process, along with lists of print and online resources that provide further information. ” Library Journal Review, May 2006.

One of the classic titles for anyone starting a new business, the Library always has the latest edition.

It’s The Donald’s newest book. “Although this is clearly a high-profile public-relations effort, Trump’s insight and business principles offer valuable lessons.” PW, 11/06

From the publisher:

  • 1,350 great business start-up ideas representing more than 30 industries, everything from home based moneymaking opportunities to high-tech Internet start-ups.
  • How much will it cost to start each business, how much money you can make and the special skills or legal requirements needed to operate each business.

“For novice entrepreneurs wanting to buy or sell a small business, this guide details the steps in the process. It covers the evaluation of a business and its profitability; valuation; capital and financing options; business organization, including legal documents and tax issues; negotiation; and transitioning to a new owner. A CD-ROM, containing forms in the book and a sample business plan, is included. Richards has also written articles on business and finance. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR “

“Rickertsen, a managing partner in a private equity firm, walks through the entire process of selling a business. He describes the different ways to structure and finance a sale, and gives step-by-step guidance on preparing for the sale, determining the worth of the business, attracting buyers, and closing the deal. There is substantial information specifically for family-owned businesses. A 50-page appendix of sample documents includes explanatory notes and comments within the documents. A second 50-page appendix functions as a directory of resources, listing contacts and web sites for business brokers, valuation forms, investment bankers, law firms, and mezzanine lenders. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR “

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Internet Sites

  • Tools for Business Success From the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, this site has everything you need to start and grow a prosperous business in Sonoma County, including pay rates for 850+ jobs; Business Start-Up Kit, Loan Payment Calculator, 85 business related online classes, 750+ business books, new hire email, Employer’s Kit, a directory of sources of capital and more.
  • Export.gov – Ready to expand your sales market outside of the U.S.? Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
  • Sawyer Center – Help and information for inventors. Patent searches; information on how to copyright your work or trademark your product; training and consulting.
  • SCORE - “Counselors to America’s Small Business” – a national organization, and the Sonoma County Chapter is very active and offers excellent free counseling on all aspects of small business management.
  • Starting a Business Kits – From Entrepreneur “these helpful and thorough kits will help you discover the nitty-gritty day-to-day aspects of starting and running more than 20 different businesses.”
  • Startup Nation – A free website with step-by-step advice and almost 100 short articles on every aspect of small business.