Entrepreneurial Toolkit


Lean Start Up (Eric Ries, Crown Business, 2011)*

Business Models for Entrepreneurial Ventures: Developing Sound Metrics for Long-Term Success. (David Newton, Free Market Press, 2011)*

The Start-Up of You (Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chair of Linked-In, 2012)*

Navigating Your Way to Business Success: An Entrepreneur’s Journey (Kathryn B. Freeland, Freebridge Publishing, 2010) Business Model Generation (Osterwalder, Pigneur, and Smith, Wiley, 2010)*

Business Models for Entrepreneurial Ventures (David Newton, Free Market, 2011)*

Entrepreneurial Small Business (Katz and Green, McGraw Hill, 2010)*

American Cool (published by Smithsonian Institute)*

In the Owner’s Chair (Torrence, 1992)*

Business at the Speed of Thought (Gates, 1999)*

Radicals and Visionaries (Wawro, 2000)*

Leadership is an Art (Max DePree, Dell, 1989)*

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Stephen R. Covey, Simon and Schuster, 2013)*

Paths to Succeed: Developing Your Entrepreneurial Thinking (Colin Turner, Texere, 2002)*

Crocodile Charlie & The Holy Grail: How to find your own answers at work & in life (John Kolm and Peter Ring, Penguin Global, 2004)*

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable (Seth Godin, Portfolio Hardcover, 2009)*

Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success (Masaaki Imai, McGraw Hill, 1986)*

The Leader’s Edge: Mastering the 5 Skills of Breakthrough Thinking (Guy Hall, Irwin Publishing, 1996)*

The Talent Management Handbook: Creating Organizational Excellence by Identifying,Developing, and Promoting Your Best People (Ed. By Berger and Berger, McGraw-Hill, 2004)*

Small Business Management: An Entrepreneur’s Guidebook (Megginson, Bird, and Megginson, McGraw-Hill, 2003)*

Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing (Harry Beckwith, Business Plus, 2012) Sales Dogs(Blair Singer, Warner Business Books, 2001)*

The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change (Jennifer Aiker & Andy Smith, Jossey-Bass, 2010)*

Guide to Investing: The individual investor’s complete source book on the basics of investing (New York Institute of Finance, 1992)*

Venture Capital Investing: The Complete Handbook for Investing in Small Private Businesses for Outstanding Profits (David Gladstone, Prentice Hall, 1988)*

Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MH Morris, DF Kuratko, and JG Covin, Southwestern-Cengage, 2011)*

The Monster Under the Bed: How Business Is Mastering the Opportunity of Knowledge for Profit (Stan Davis and Jim Botkin, Simon and Shuster, 1994)*

Finding Fertile Ground: Identifying Extraordinary Opportunities for New Ventures (Scott A. Shane, Pearson, 2005) –for technology ventures*


If you are serious about becoming a leader, you need to know what the experts are saying. As you move forward, think about subscribing to one or two of the following.

• Journal of Small Business Management • Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship • Journal of Business Venturing • Strategic Management Journal • Journal of Small Business Strategy • Academy of Management Review • Academy of Management Executive •


For the fastest information, these should be regular reading for you:

Bloomberg Business Week • Forbes • Fortune • Wall Street Journal • Black Enterprise • Entrepreneur • Inc.


Here are just a few community business organizations you need to know about:

Chambers of Commerce (which includes a special group just for Young Professionals). There are many of these in the local area. Find one near you! Here are links to just a few:

Rockville Chamber of Commerce • Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of CommerceGreater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County

University of Maryland Resources

Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life (TOCSL) Website 

University Career Center & The President's Promies Website

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) Website

Learning Assistance Service Website

Tutoring @ UMD Website

Math Tutoring (Dept. of Mathematics) Website 

Counseling Center Website

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Website