Contest: small business, big book review

Rogers RedBoard Biz Book contest: The Lean Startup by Eric ReisHere at RedBoard Biz, we’ve decided to help our community of readers by discussing significant books for small businesses. In this post, we’ve recommended one of our favourite business books, and we want to hear about yours!

All you have to do is recommend –  in 100 words or less - your all-time favourite book for small business advice, tips or technology (a reason why would be great too!), and we will pick 5 winners at random to receive a copy of one of our favourite business books: Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup. Here’s a short summary of the book:

Our recommendation: The Lean Startup

Every small business can benefit from the tools that knowledge, technology and innovation provide.

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Reis, is a book of ideas about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business, and  what can be learned from successful businesses to improve virtually everything we do.

The book provides powerful tools for companies to improve the speed and efficiency of their innovation process through minimum products, validated learning, innovation accounting and actionable metrics.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs in companies of all sizes a way to test their vision continuously, adapt, and adjust before it’s too late. The author provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

Tell us your favorite book about small business for a chance to win a copy of Eric Reis’ The Lean Startup.

The contest winner will be announced both here on RedBoard Biz and via our Twitter account, @RogersBiz.

Lauren is a regular contributor to Redboard Biz

UPDATE (April 6, 2011, 12:00 pm): The Small Business, Big Book contest is now over. Thanks to those who shared their favourite books with us. We’ll be contacting the winners early next week. The post will remain open for comments, so please continue to leave us your recommendations on your favourite business books, however, any comments received after 12:00 pm on April 6 will be ineligible for a prize.

Contest closes at 12:00 noon ET on April 6, 2012. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, tell us in 100 words or less, in the comments section of this blog post, about your favourite business book.  Prize: Participants are eligible to win one copy of The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses valued at approximately $39.00. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.


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  1. Diane Harms says:

    My favorite business book is ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie. It is a classic that bears rereading to help cement the essential knowledge into practice. Even with the emergence of social media, the golden rules still apply and in fact are more crucial than ever.

  2. I have to be honest I have many small business book favorites in my library (I prefer these books over any other kind). If I have to pick just one. I think I must say, Jeffrey Gitomer’s ‘The Sales Bible’. This book ranks high on my list because often times small business owners and entrepreneurs are really good at what they do but they are clueless about sales. Knowing how to really sell your product or services is key to keeping business doors open. The book includes extremely valuable information that has allowed me to excel in sales. I recommend it to every small business owner.

  3. My favourite book, that gave me some great Aha! moments was The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber. It made me think very seriously about the structure of my company and how to set up processes and procedures from the ground up.

  4. Bhupinder D says:

    My favourite business book would be “Losing My Virginity” by Richard Branson. Its a very interesting book. Basically, it describes how he built his Virgin empire. Its awesome! Richard Branson is the ultimate risk taker!

  5. There are multiple books I could recommend in this category but my top 3 picks are The Toyota Way by Jeffery Liker, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and The Art of The Start by Guy Kawasaki. A fundamental principle that is subtly embodied in all three books is the need to discipline and shape your life around your business. I really love the idea of acknowledging your time-consuming negative habits and consciously transforming them to better your life and work. The Toyota Way is just a beautiful narrative of the lean movement and how beneficial ‘lean living’ is not just in your business, but also in your life. If I had to pick one, it would definitely be The Toyota Way because it teaches you so much that isn’t necessarily restricted to just your business, but also to your life.

  6. “The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship” written by Bill Murphy Jr.

    Reading this book is living the ups and downs of three Harvard Business School graduates determined to launch their own startup: Beginning with pre-admission and attending of, the prestigious, Harvard Business School and seguing thru the ten years after, any want-to-be-successful entrepreneur will be encouraged and energized with the many all-too-familiar stories and the self-reflecting determination defining these characters.

    Each entrepreneur finds an underwhelmed market, adds their own determination and 200 pages of other ‘stuff’, all to launch a product millions today couldn’t imagine living without; despite their many struggles, it’s the uninterrupted belief in themselves that IS the foundation for entrepreneurial-success.

  7. Favorite Business Book? The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk. Great look into how to use social media to market yourself, your customer service skills, and your business!

  8. Hi everyone! Thanks for participating in our contest and providing your book recommendations. We’ll be sending a copy of Eric Ries’ book to each of you for your participation. We’ll be contacting you via email soon for your mailing address. Thanks again, Lauren.