Small Business week is well underway. We have launched our Celebrating You campaign to honour the many achievements of the BC Small Business community in the last year.In collaboration with our colleagues at the David Lam Research Management Library and the Canaccord Learning Commons we are also holding a draw to give away two 12 month community borrower cards for the UBC Library collections. The two winners who recieve these cards will get access to UBC's extensive business literature collections for free! These collections hold a wealth of knowledge on business practices and opportunities in BC. To entice you our expert Business Liason Librarian Irena Trebic recommends the following books you will not want to miss.
1. British Columbia's New North: How to Build Your Business, Respect Communities and Prosper
If you have ever wanted to explore Northern BC this book is for you. It looks at business practices in BC's northern communities as well as challenges and opportunities.
2. The Financing Toolkit for Small & Medium Business: Taking the Next Step with Confidence
Planning a financing pathway to success is a challenge. This book provides details about loans, equity, government funding, banks and various other pathways to success.
3. Pricing Strategies for Small Business
Poor pricing will sink your business fast. In this book Andrew Gregson provides details and suggestions on choosing a pricing strategy for your product or service.
4. Small Business: An Entrepreneur's Plan
Business plans are the number one indicator of potential business success. In this guide, Ron Knowles provides a step by step guide on writing a small business plan.
5. Creating a Successful Marketing Strategy for Your Small New Business
This book examines cases of marketing successes and failures. It also looks at lessons learned and provides tips to connect with consumers.
6. Innovations in SMEs and Conducting e-business: Technologies, Trends and Solutions
If you are transitioning to an e-commerce store this is your required reading. Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha and Joao Varajao discuss the main challenges, opportunities and solutions faced by small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) adopting an e-commerce model.
7. Strategic Innovation in Small Firms: An International Analysis of Innovation and Strategic Decision Making in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises
Explore how small business owners around the world have found success. This book focuses on small firms in nine Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
8. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
If you love metrics and statistics you will want to read The Lean Startup. Eric Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups.
9. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in East Asia: Sectoral and Regional Dimensions
If you are considering expanding into the Asian market you must read this book. It examines the challenges and opportunities in several East Asian economies.
10. Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur
Scott Cooney takes a look at solid business basics and how you can use them to start, build and grow a green business. A great read for the ecopreneur.
Please submit an entry with your name, email and address by November 10th 2015. We will contact winners on November 16th.
Please note that remote access to most online resources is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, faculty, and staff only. For restrictions on specific databases, check online resource access restrictions. Also, this will only be eligible for community users who are interested in visiting UBC's Vancouver campus. For those on campus don't forget to check out the display of these titles or where to locate them in David Lam's blog post.
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