Entrepreneurship and New Ventures



Search for articles in  business publications on specific companies, ideas, and industries in these databases and publications:


Proquest Entrepreneurship

For assistance in starting and developing a successful business, this database includes video clips of successful entrepreneurs, market research reports, start-up plans, templates and forms, scholarly journals, business cases, working papers, conference proceedings, and dissertations.


ABI/Inform Complete


Business Source Complete



Search eJournals for access to specific business publications and newspapers such as Inc, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe Business Section, and Boston Business Journal.  See the following Boston Globe sponsored sites:
Innovation Economy and BetaBoston.com.


Boston Business Journal: search for articles on local businesses, companies and business conditions. Includes Boston Business Journal and business magazines and publications from other cities including Denver, Houston, Birmingham, Atlanta and others.



Selected titles are listed below.  For additional titles of print and Ebooks,  see  BU Libraries Search; suggested search terms:  “Entrepreneurship”, “New Business Enterprises,”  “Social Entrepreneurship,” “Innovation/Technology Management,” and Technological Innovation-Management.”  To browse in the stacks (Pardee Library, 3rd floor), see call numbers beginning with HD 62.5.


Ideas and Innovation:

Innovation paradox: why good businesses kill breakthroughs and how they can change

San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc., 2014

Innovation communities teamworking of key persons – a success factor in radical innovation

Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012

Innovation, technology, and innovation resources for growth in a connected world

Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley; AcademicComplete,  2012

Serial innovators: how individuals create and deliver breakthrough innovations in mature firms

Stanford, California: Stanford Business Books, 2012


Starting a New Venture:

The Entrepreneur’s Information Sourcebook;  Charting the Path to Small Business Success.

Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2012
Pardee Stacks: HD 62.5 .A96 2012

Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2010
Pardee Reference: X HD 62.5 B94 2010

Chapters include Idea Generation, External Assistance for Start-ups and Small Businesses, Intellectual Property, and Social Entrepreneurship. Downloadable material from the book is available at: www.wiley.com/go/portablembainentrepreneurship

All in startup: launching a new idea when everything is on  the line

Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2014

Business planning for new ventures: a guide for start-ups and new innovations

Abingdon, Oxon: New York, NY: Routledge, 2014

Converge transforming business at the intersection of marketing and technology

Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2013

Startup boards: getting the most out of your board of directors

Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2014

Startup CEO a field guide to scaling up your business

Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2013

Startup leadership: how savvy entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful enterprises

San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014


Business Plans

Creating Business Plans

Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2014
Pardee Stacks: HD 30.28 .C7325 2014


Proquest Entrepreneurship

For business plan samples, see the Browse section of this database.  For articles and publications on writing business plans, do a basic or advanced search.


The one-hour business plan: the simple and practical way to start anything new

Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2013

Bplans.com: The Business Planning Resource Center

A business planning resource for small business.

Business Plan Samples


Center for Business Planning

Includes samples of business plans entered in the Moot Corp Competition at the University of Texas at Austin. Site also includes a library of resources with links to hundreds of sites offering research materials on every area of planning a business including: venture capital, new products, market analysis, competitive analysis, production management, tax problems, legal issues, financial statements, writing a business plan and much more. Also included is a Directory of Consultants who can help with any area of new business planning.

Carnegie Library Business Plans and Profiles Index

A guide to sample business plans for a variety of businesses. Some of the plans are online and others are in books. A link is provided if the plan is online.


A website that was designed to address the issue of why more entrepreneurs won’t write business plans. The site claims to make the process easier by providing free templates, forms and worksheets, as well as business plan review articles. The site also offers articles and a free, bi-weekly e-zine.

SBA.Gov: Create Your Business Plan


Industry Reports

Industry Survey Locator

A database of online and print industry reports and surveys. Developed by Pardee Librarians, the database includes U.S. and some global reports.


Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports
NoteInternational market intelligence, trend analysis, and forecasts. Include two types of reports:
– Country Industry Reports include SWOT analysis, regional market dynamics, industry forecast, competitive landscape, and country demographics. In depth reports appear quarterly.
– Regional Industry Insights include industry trend analysis, company finance alerts, project news, and market developments for major companies. Appear monthly.


MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor) Industry Profiles

Profiles on industries worldwide and on industries in specific countries.


Note: In-depth market research and strategy reports with European and global coverage. Industry sectors include healthcare, chemicals, materials and food; information and communication technologies; industrial automation and electronics; energy and power systems; aerospace and defense; environmental and building technologies.
Gartner Research

Note: Gartner, Inc. is a well known information technology research and advisory company. Reports contain research findings and advice on technology markets, topics, and industries. Gartner Research is provided to the BU community through BU’s Information Services and Technology’s subscription.  Log in to the website using your BU login name and Kerberos password.

Mintel oxygen (200?)
Note: Reports on a variety of consumer products and markets in several countries.
Mintel Graphing Tutorial
Note: In depth analysis of major U.S. industries.

Statistical data from trade publications on companies, products, industries, markets, demographics, and countries.


For additional industry information, consult these sources:
U.S. Census Bureau Industry Statistics Portal and Industry Snapshots
Data from Industry and Trade Associations
Industry Guide: Technology


Company Directories

Boston Business Journal

Click on the link to “Digital Book of Lists” for lists of top Boston firms in many categories.

Use the directories below to compile lists of companies by industry, geographic area, revenue, etc.


Company Dossier through LexisNexis Academic

Note: Click on ‘Company List’ tab to create a list of international or U.S. companies by Industry, Geographic area, and revenue. Companies can be ranked by sales.  For help, see this online tutorial: Company Dossier.

New England Technology Directory
Issued by Mass High Tech, directory of manufacturing and software firms in New England.  Pardee Reference:   XHD 9696 A3 U5693 2012

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Use “Advanced Search” to create a list of public companies by industry, geographic location, and many other variables.

ReferenceUSA (1999?]-)
Note: ReferenceUSA is a directory of U.S. companies and businesses. It currently lists 24 million businesses and 4 million new businesses.

Help in using ReferenceUSA is available here: Reference USA Tutorial and Reference USA Online Tutorial

For additional information on companies, see the Company Information Sources guide.


Advertising and Marketing

Mintel oxygen (200?)
Note: Reports on a variety of consumer products and markets in several countries.
Mintel Graphing Tutorial
Note: Detailed product and media demographics.

See Pardee Library’s MRI+ Mediamark Tutorial for details on creating an account and for help in using this database.


Note: Standard Rate & Data Service (SRDS) provides media advertising rates, contact information circulation information etc. for consumer and business magazine, newspaper, television, direct marketing, radio, online and out-of-home domestic and international markets .
The local market audiences section of SRDS is only compatible with Internet Explorer 9 or below. In order to access the local market audiences section located on the left hand side with Internet Explorer 11, please follow the steps below:
1. Check to see what version of Internet Explorer you have by clicking on the tools icon (looks like a gear) located in the upper right hand corner and then clicking on About Internet Explorer.
2. Log in to the SRDS database.
3. Click on the tools icon again and then click on Compatibility View settings.
4. Finally under add this website, enter the URL (in this case claritas.com) to the list, and then click Add.
For additional resources, see the Marketing & Advertising Research Guide


International Business

Economist Intelligence Unit

For the business environment in various countries, see Country Reports, Country Commerce, and Country Finance.

MarketLine (formerly Datamonitor) Country Reports


International Business – Country and Region[Pardee Library Research Guide]
For each country, sources for Finance, Trade & Commerce are included.


World Bank Investment Climate
A  World Bank website containing information on the investment climate in developing countries. The site provides access to relevant data portals including Doing Business (regulations and conditions for establishing and conducting business in 181 countries,) Investing Across Borders IndicatorsBusiness Environment SnapshotsInvestment Climate Assessments, and Enterprise Surveys. Access is also provided to project information and results stories that convey impacts of investment climate reform.


Summary of basic information about corporate and individual taxes in over 150 countries worldwide.



Boston University Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC)
Based in the Questrom School of Business, ITEC provides assistance to individuals throughout Boston University in developing ideas and bringing new products and services to market.


Articles on the different types of business incorporation; also includes a guide to incorporation in U.S. states.


Ecorner: Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner
A collection of videos and podcasts of lectures by ” today’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders.” Topics include Creativity and Innovation, Product Development, Opportunity Recognition, Social Entrepreneurship and others.


Helpful articles from Entrepreneur Magazine organized into categories: start-ups, home biz, franchise, money, marketing, management, e-biz, technology, advertising, sales, etc.


Edward Lowe Foundation
This foundation provides resources and services for entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) that assist second-stage businesses.  Resources include the Entrepreneur’s Resource Center that includes articles on aspects on managing a developing business and Your Economy, a free online research tool that tracks the performance of more than 44 million U.S. businesses (including 24 million active ones) across time, providing detailed information about job creation and establishment growth at the local, state and national levels.


Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Biotech Startup
This guide can be downloaded after registration.  For information on Evelexa, see About Evelexa.


Website sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; site includes Resource Center with articles and information on all aspects of entrepreneurship. Data is organized into six categories: Finance and Accounting, People/HR, Sales and Marketing, Products and Services, Operations, and the Entrepreneur.


A wide variety of helpful information for business startups.


Insure U for Small Business
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) presents information for small business owners on insurance issues.


National Business Incubation Association
The National Business Incubation Association advances business incubation and entrepreneurship by providing professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies worldwide. Site includes links to member incubators and consultants.



See Financing Business Ventures.