Here are some resources that WINStep has collected for those interested in entrepreneurship. We hope that these are helpful and will encourage you on your own professional journey. We have found actually quite a few more resources and plan to share them exclusively with those who attend our upcoming Entrepreneurship Series!
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Deemed as the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, the author notes the guidance given by his own dad and his friend’s dad (rich dad) on money and investing. The book uncovers the myth on assets and liabilities and shows how you can be rich without earning a lot.
Author : Diana Kander
A novel for aspiring entrepreneurs thinking of starting something on their own or have started but can’t move forward. It demonstrates four principles that separates successful entrepreneurs from those who can’t seem to find success.
The author demonstrates in this book that the power of passion and persistence is the secret to outstanding success, and not simply talent. The author has included real life examples, case-studies and interviews to prove her hypothesis.
The author shares her step-by-step program in this book on how to create a more joyful and satisfying life. Based on her work as a Harvard trained sociologist and research associate in Harvard Business school, the author has covered test studies, questionnaires and exercises in the book.
An engaging tale of how a company can reach prominence and then crash into oblivion due to some blind spots and pitfall. Learn how to boost innovation and curiosity, uncover customer needs, solve problems and create new value for customers.
This book explores the different scenario that we will experience in the coming future due to rapid technological disruption. It will get you thinking on what you can do to contribute to this rapidly changing world.
Websites Recommended for Entrepreneurs
Online version of the popular business magazine with articles written by their staff and guests on current trends in different industries, including small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Inc is a brand managed by Mansueto Ventures and focuses on assisting owners and managers of growing private companies. Inc.com is the informative and inspirational face of the brand and provides free newsletters, guides, reviews and articles on how to prosper in the different phases of your business like startup, finances, operations, sales and marketing and technology. You can also pay a small annual subscription fee to access unlimited content significant to small business owners and budding entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur is an American magazine and website where you will find stories about entrepreneurship and any kind of business. On the website, there are curated libraries of videos with tips for any business person on how to start and lead a business to success. They also have webinars (both live and recorded) on topics like how to start, market, run and lead a business, and how to develop your own brand. They have a ‘Start a Business’ section where you can browse franchises and business opportunities available for purchase. Entrepreneur website also has a podcast channel which houses multiple series like entrepreneur elevator pitch, how success happens, entrepreneur weekly, etc.
This is a free Learning Platform for Women entrepreneurs being sponsored by U.S. SBA. The platform provides options of – (1) attending fireside chats, (2) hearing success stories of real-world entrepreneurs, (3) learning from discussion guides, videos, key insights and (4) self-assessment and business assessment with excercises and tools
A global network of entrepreneurs where you can become a member and access their free resources like playbooks, white papers, monthly webinars. They also have a job board, an educational program and a bookstore.
This is a all-in-one stop when you are planning to start or grow your business. The website contains books, infographics, radio, podcasts, case studies, information on events and contests that would guide you throughout your entrepreneurial journey. It also hosts multiple community business forums where you can engage with fellow entrepreneurs and posts your questions and comments.
Dreamit facilitates the next launching phase of a start-up on a rolling basis. They bring together start-up founders and investors in sprints and enable the platform for their connection. They also coach start-up founders on how to perfect their pitch, test ideas and how to get ready for investor meetings
The website resource center shares some insightful tips and advice for women entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow a business. The learning center encompasses of library of videos, interviews, market fundamentals and tips on top notch pitches
Chic CEO contains how-to-guides on branding yourself, creating side-hustles, throw a networking event, which online business to try and much more. It also contains a free template of business plan to download.
This website provides useful tips from successful business women by telling their inspirational personal and professional stories. Women from all over the world contribute to the website by writing on topics that would be useful for entrepreneurs.
NSBA provides resources like videos and podcasts on current trends in business and strategy advices. They also have discounts on products and services for entrepreneurs and business owners when they become NSBA members.
This think-tank/association assists business owners with perspectives on what to expect in the near future- both good and bad times. They make this happen by hosting reports, podcasts, expert briefings, and events.
This association provides exhaustive information for people wanting to go into the franchise industry. They have created certificate programs and done numerous conferences and webinars for providing educational content and information on current trends in the franchise community.
A paid membership forum for budding and established entrepreneurs where you will have unlimited access to webinars, events, classes, competitions, bootcamps and much more. You will also get to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and either seek their advice or form potential collaborations.
As a paid member of this association’s local chapters, you get access to its library contents on B2B marketing insights, case studies, research reports, white papers, articles, presentations. You can also attend their weekly and monthly (free) webinars on marketing tips and skills.
This website provides resources, grants, mentorship and networking opportunities to women entrepreneurs. In the education center, they have featured virtual summits and webinars; an academy containing marketing plans, business resources, pitch decks, templates; and resources from successful founders.
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association and the website contains a multitude of resources covering retail. NRF Foundation provides online programs for building a career in the retail industry. They have fellowships and challenges for undergraduate students. They also hold multiple featured events throughout the year on different aspects of retail. They have a job portal as well.
As the largest foodservice association in the world, National Restaurant Association provides exhaustive resources on topics like how to manage your restaurants in the fields of marketing and sales, business operations and workforce engagement; ongoing trends in the field and reports. Multiple webinars and events are also held throughout the year. They also have a section on restaurant careers.
This website contains a list of business incubators state-wise in the U.S. and states the following- “Starting a business is tough and you need all the help you can get. For this reason, we recommend that you talk with business incubators in your state to see what assistance they can offer you”
Accelerators and incubator hubs aid in starting and growing of promising business and if you are thinking of starting a company, they are great resources to help for the same. This website lists the top 40 incubators currently in North America.