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Friday, March 10, 2006

Minding your business

Fairfax County’s Economic Development Authority reports that 10 percent of Fairfax County residents are self-employed, and of the 29,000 county businesses with employees, approximately 4,100 are owned by women, 2,500 by Asians, 700 by Hispanics, and 400 by African Americans.

Gerald L. Gordon is EDA’s President and CEO. He talks about Fairfax County’s first-time business owners who are also new Americans. “The business-oriented literature of the library system is their first stop,” he says. “Those resources frequently provide the basic understanding of critical topics.”

Even if you’re not new to the culture, business books can give you valuable coaching from successful leaders. Check out:

The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business by Steven S. Little.

Overpromise and Overdeliver by Rick Barrera.

Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling by Jane Hyun.

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, Jay Papasan.

When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster, David Stillman.

The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber.

The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage by Yossi Sheffi.

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