Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
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.
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:
San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc., 2014
Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley; AcademicComplete, 2012
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
Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2014
Abingdon, Oxon: New York, NY: Routledge, 2014
Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2013
Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2014
Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2013
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014
Creating Business Plans
Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2014
Pardee Stacks: HD 30.28 .C7325 2014
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.
Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2013
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.
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.
A database of online and print industry reports and surveys. Developed by Pardee Librarians, the database includes U.S. and some global 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.
Profiles on industries worldwide and on industries in specific countries.
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.
Statistical data from trade publications on companies, products, industries, markets, demographics, and countries.
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
Note: ReferenceUSA is a directory of U.S. companies and businesses. It currently lists 24 million businesses and 4 million new businesses.
Advertising and Marketing
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.
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 the business environment in various countries, see Country Reports, Country Commerce, and Country Finance.
International Business – Country and Region[Pardee Library Research Guide]
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 Indicators, Business Environment Snapshots, Investment Climate Assessments, and Enterprise Surveys. Access is also provided to project information and results stories that convey impacts of investment climate reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) presents information for small business owners on insurance issues.
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.