General Business Resource Materials
Entrepreneurship Law Editorial Team
Donna-Marie Boulay & Katherine J. Pohlman, The Entrepreneur's Legal Guide: Strategies for Starting, Managing, and Making Your Business Profitable (2003).
Abstract (from Amazon Product Description):
Inside you will find Networking Tip boxes that identify situations when the help of others may be beneficial. Legal Alert boxes warn when compliance with regulations is necessary. It provides information to build a framework on which a new business can succeed. It guides you through the steps necessary to plan a new venture, get it financed, find the right location and price your goods to sell. It also takes you past start-up and prepares you for the future with instruction on hiring employees, protecting your assets and planning your time for maximum economic benefit.
Lee Branstetter, Do Entry Regulations Deter Entrepreneurship and Job Creation? evidence from recent reforms in Portugal (2010).
Recent research has suggested that the reduction of entry regulation can promote firm entry and job creation, but little is known about the quality of firms and jobs created through these reforms. To shed light on this question, we employ data from Portugal, a country which implemented one of the most dramatic and thorough policies of entry deregulation in the industrialized world. The impact of these major changes can be traced with a matched employer-employee database that provides unusually rich information on the quality of founders and employees associated with the new firms. Our assessment indicates that the short term consequences of the reform were just as one would predict with a standard economic model of entrepreneurship: The reform resulted in increased firm formation and employment, but mostly among "marginal firms" that would have been most readily deterred by existing heavy entry regulations. These marginal firms were typically small, owned by relatively poorly-educated entrepreneurs, operating in the low-tech sector (agriculture, construction, and retail trade). These firms were also less likely to survive their first two years than comparable firms that entered prior to the reform. The social impact of entry deregulation may be limited by the quality of the firms it creates.
Michele Cagan, STREETWISE INCORPORATING YOUR BUSINESS: FROM LEGAL ISSUES TO TAX CONCERNS, ALL YOU NEED TO ESTABLISH AND PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS (2007).
Product Description (from Amazon):
Incorporating your business can provide numerous legal and financial advantages--it also has long-term ramifications on how you manage and structure your organization.
Joseph R. Mancuso, MANCUSO'S SMALL BUSINESS BASICS: START, BUY OR FRANCHISE YOUR WAY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS (2d ed. 1998).
Abstract: There are many routes to a successful business. This guide helps entrepreneurs choose between starting from scratch, buying an established business or buying into a franchise.
Robert H. Mnookin et al., BEYOND WINNING: NEGOTIATING TO CREATE VALUE IN DEALS AND DISPUTES (2000).
Conventional negotiating strategy often requires adversarial positions, but the authors propose viewing negotiating as a problem-solving task. They explain that creating value is the key to successful negotiating. The goal should not be to win the biggest piece of the pie but to make the pie bigger. The authors show how negotiation requires balancing three sets of tensions: those between winning and "making the pie bigger," between empathy and assertiveness, and between principals and agents. They suggest that lawyers are uniquely positioned to create value when resolving disputes and making deals. A major portion of the book is devoted to illustrating concrete problem-solving techniques, and the authors conclude with a consideration of the professional and ethical dilemmas posed by legal negotiation.
Henry R. Nothhaft & David Kline, Great Again: Revitalizing America's Entrepreneurial Leadership (2011).
(adapted from publisher):
In "Great Again", serial entrepreneur Hank Nothhaft takes the reader inside the heart of the communities most responsible for innovation and shows how a few practical reforms can get America's economy moving again. This book is a call to action for: (1) Removing regulatory shackles from start-ups, (2) Fixing the patent office to incentivize innovation, (3) Creating smarter government support of basic science and research, (4) Offering meaningful incentives to rebuild our manufacturing sector, and (5) Easing immigration rules to turn America's brain drain into a brain gain. Filled with evocative stories and examples, "Great Again" presents an action plan for entrepreneurs and policymakers.
Jonathan Reuvid, WORKING FOR YOURSELF: AN ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE TO THE BASICS (2009).
Abstract (from product description at Amazon.com): This guide addresses the common pitfalls and answers every question an entrepreneur might have about self-employment. It deals with the full range of issues that need to be considered, including: business planning, raising finance, tax and legal issues, keeping accounts, and planning for growth. Including useful contact addresses and websites.
Norman Scarborough & Thomas Zimmerer, EFFECTIVE SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: AN ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACH (9th ed. 2008).
Abstract: This book provides you a pathway to launching a new, small business successfully.The edition provides information on the right way to launch and mange a small business with the staying power to succeed and grow. This book is for the new venture entrepreneur who wants to explore the possibilities, the challenges, and the rewards of owing a business.
Jeffrey Weber, From Idea to Exit: The Entrepreneurial Journey (2011).
This book examines the life-cycle of an entrepreneurial endeavor, from idea to exit. The author gives exit strategies as much treatment as the beginning stages of a business, pointing out that everything builds towards a final goal. This type of book would interest people who consider themselves serial entrepreneurs, versus those who are looking to build a run a company to maturity.
Thomas Zimmerer & Norman M. Scarborough, ESSENTIALS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (3d ed. 2002).
Catherine A. Brown, Carmen H. Colborne & W. Edward McMullan, Legal Issues in New Venture Development, 3 J. Bus. Venturing 273-287 (1988).
Describes the results of a survey of early stage entrepreneurs who attended a New Venture Student Clinic to seek legal information and assistance for their ventures. Role that law may play in planning for business start-ups; Identification of relevant legal issues; Frequency in clients' altering or changing their business strategy as a result of new information received.
Hugh Calkins, The Case for a Legal Risk Strategy, 10 J. Bus. Strategy 42-46 (1989).
Discusses the significance of corporate lawyers in strategic planning to prevent firms in any types of litigations in the U.S. Knowledge in federal law and procedures related to the construction of facilities; Concern for the legal problems faced by companies; Capability to handle law-based problems.
Tanya M. Marcum & Eden S. Blair, Entrepreneurial Decisions and Legal Issues in Early Venture Stages: Advice that Shouldn’t Be Ignored, 54 Bus. Horizons 153 (2011).
Entrepreneurs make numerous business decisions each day, many of which have significant legal implications. Due to a lack of time and knowledge, however, these entrepreneurs too often make quick decisions regarding important matters—both current and future—based on a few primary factors, one of which is cost. Entrepreneurs appear to make decisions based on concrete, but frequently inappropriate, factors such as comparison of bottom-line dollar value or relatively small fees; in this scenario, short-term decisions are made that do not take into account intricate legal and strategic implications which may arise down the road. As such, we would suggest a different approach whereby entrepreneurs take the time to learn about and understand the implications of these decisions on long-term sustainability, liability protection, and growth potential. Herein, we discuss how using cost to compare and make decisions has an impact on three issues with legal implications that occur early in the start-up process, and which pose major implications for the entrepreneur if he or she does not deal with them properly. Toward this end, we propose some solutions to help prevent this from happening.
Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, Publications. http://www.ij.org/publications.
Amol Sharma, Flawed Miracle: Bribes, Bureaucracy Hobble India's New Entrepreneurs, Wall St. J., Nov. 1, 2011, at A1.