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Summer Reading List

The summer offers plenty of time to catch up on a good book, whether that’s at the pool, on a plane or over lunch. We asked the consultants at our affiliate, the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, to share their favorite business books, from entrepreneurship to leadership.

We hope you add these business books to your summer reading list and if you want to discuss recommendations further or utilize SBDC’s free consultants, stop by the SBDC and meet with a consultant!

Building a Successful Business

The Results Map by Kimberly Alexander

This book takes a new approach to planning and increasing outcomes while maintaining work-life balance. “[It’s] an easy read that gives practical advice for business growth,” said Louise Walsh, SBDC business planning consultant.

Taking Risks

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

“While not a business book, this is an incredible story about taking risks, seeking adventure and being comfortable in the unknown,” Herman said. “Lessons any business person can learn from!” As you get a history lesson, you’ll learn about how one president took a leap of faith to explore uncharted territory.

Building, and Keeping, Your Team

Top Grading by Bradford Smart

Finding the right talent for your company is important. Learn how to hire and promote in order to develop the right talent in this summer read. Janet Hoffman, SBDC human resources consultant, recommends this book because it “revolutionized staffing and building effective teams.”

The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins

“[It’s] important for managers to pay attention to onboarding,” Hoffman said. “It can make the difference if a new hire stays or goes!” This book dives deep into how you manage transitions in your company. You’ll also get checklists, tools and self-assessments.

The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

“It’s an oldie but goody for sure!” Hoffman said. “It provides basic management skills that are spot on and easy to implement.”

Patents and Trademarks

Steven Schneck, SBDC trademarking and copyright consultant shared his two indispensable books for entrepreneurs getting started with patents and trademarks.

Patent It Yourself by David Pressman

This step-by-step guide to filing a patent is a must-have if you’re thinking of filing, Schneck said: “It is the best overview of a difficult topic and a great way to get informed before you see an attorney.”

Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name by Stephen Fishman

Discover how to protect your business’s name, logo, key products and more in this book. “An excellent overview of a complex topic,” Schneck said.

Leading Well

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

You’ll learn about leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world and how they think, act and communicate to inspire. And, you’ll learn how you can implement the why into your business. Steve Parry, SBDC sales and marketing consultant said this is the “must have first step to starting a business.”

Laura James is the marketing and communications coordinator for the Denver Metro Chamber.