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The field of entrepreneurship is experiencing incredible rates of growth, not only in the United States but across the world as well. People of all ages, backgrounds, and stations of life are launching businesses of their own and, in the process, are reshaping the global economy. Entrepreneurs are discovering that the natural advantages resulting from their size--speed, flexibility, sensitivity to customers' needs, creativity, a spirit of innovation, and many others--give them the ability to compete successfully with companies many times their size and with budgets to match. As large companies struggle to survive wrenching changes in competitive forces by downsizing, merging, and restructuring, the unseen army of small businesses continues to flourish and to carry the nation's economy on its back. Entrepreneurs willing to assume the risks of the market to gain its rewards are at the heart of capitalism. These men and women, with their bold entrepreneurial spirits, have led our nation into prosperity throughout history. Entrepreneurship is a significant force throughout the world. We need look no farther than those nations that are throwing off decades of control and central planning in favor of capitalism to see where the entrepreneurial process begins. In every case, if is the entrepreneurs creating small companies that lead those nations out of the jungles of economic oppression to higher standards of living and hope for the future.
In the United States, we can be thankful that the small business sector is strong and thriving. Small companies deliver the goods and services we use every day, provide jobs and training for millions of workers, and lead the way in creating the products and services that will make our lives easier and more enjoyable in the future. Small businesses were responsible for introducing to the world the elevator, the airplane, FM radio, the zipper, the personal computer, and a host of other marvelous inventions. Only the imaginations of the next generation of entrepreneurs of which you may be a part can see what other fantastic products and services lie in our future! Whatever those ideas may be, we can be sure of one thing: Small businesses will be there to deliver them.
The purpose of this book is to excite you about the possibilities, the challenges, and the rewards of becoming an entrepreneur and to provide the tools you will need to be successful if you choose the path of the entrepreneur. It is not an easy road to follow, but the rewards--both tangible and intangible--are well worth the risks. Not only may you be rewarded financially for your business idea, but like entrepreneurs the world over, you will be able to work at something you love doing!
This edition of Effective Small Business Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach brings to you the material you will need to launch and manage a small business successfully in the hotly competitive environment of the twenty-first century. In writing this edition, we have worked hard to provide you with plenty of practical, "hands-on" tools and techniques to make your business venture a success. Many people launch businesses every year, but only some of them succeed. This book teaches you the right way to launch and manage a small business with the staying power to succeed and grow. Perhaps one day we'll be writing about your success story in the pages of this book!
Effective Small Business Management, Seventh Edition, contains many unique features that make it the ideal book for entrepreneurs who are serious about launching their businesses the right way. These features include the following:
I. THE CHALLENGES AND REWARDS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
1. Entrepreneurs: A Powerful Economic Force.
II. BUILDING A BUSINESS PLAN: BEGINNING CONSIDERATIONS.
2. Strategic Management: Gaining a Competitive Edge.
3. Choosing a Form of Ownership.
4. Franchising and the Entrepreneur.
5. Buying an Existing Business.
III. BUILDING A BUSINESS PLAN: MARKETING AND FINANCIAL MATTERS.
6. Crafting a Winning Plan.
7. Creating a Guerrilla Marketing Plan.
8. Creating a Solid Financial Plan.
9. Managing Cash Flow.
IV. SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING STRATEGIES.
10. Pricing and Credit Strategies.
11. Creative Use of Advertising and Promotion.
12. Global Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
13. E-Commerce and Entrepreneurship.
V. PUTTING THE BUSINESS PLAN TO WORK: FINDING FINANCING.
14. Sources of Equity Financing.
15. Sources of Debt Financing.
VI. LOCATION AND LAYOUT.
16. Location, Layout, and Physical Facilities.
VII. MANAGING A SMALL BUSINESS: TECHNIQUES FOR ENHANCING PROFITABILITY.
17. Purchasing, Quality Management and Vendor Analysis.
18. Managing Inventory.
VIII. MANAGING PEOPLE: A COMPANY'S MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE.
19. Staffing and Leading a Growing Company.
IX. LEGAL ASPECTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
20. Management Succession and Risk Management.
21. Ethics, Social Responsibility, and the Entrepreneur.
22. The Legal Environment: Business Law and Government Regulation.
Appendix: Sample Business Plan.
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