Short Reads

It’s good to know stuff. And one of the best ways to learn, is from others. Our economic development experts have combed the Internet to bring you some really insightful articles that will spur your creativity, inspire you to greatness and help you learn best practices from some of the brightest minds in the business community.

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Starting a company from your dorm room

Business plans for college entrepreneurs

How to calculate new business start-up costs

Failure is good, but here are 10 mistakes your startup should never make

The 12 stupidest mistakes entrepreneurs make

The entrepreneurial undergrad 3 — The so you wanna be an entrepreneur

Are you mentally tough enough to be an entrepreneur?

7 entrepreneur types drive change on a global scale

Leaving college for entrepreneurship? Think before you leap

Aren’t accelerators great? Maybe…

Five examples of companies with internal innovation programs

How to cook up a vibrant entrepreneurial system

Grassroots rural entrepreneurship: Best practices for small communities

How entrepreneurs access capital and get funded

Guidelines for local and state governments to promote entrepreneurship

6 steps to becoming a successful student entrepreneur (Infographic)

The 8 essentials of innovation

What happens to those failed Kickstarter fundraisers?

Nine terrible reasons to become a startup entrepreneur

A college students guide to launching a startup

Four persistent myths about entrepreneurship

Should budding entrepreneurs share their ideas?

Why there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur

3 ways to harness the inner child in every entrepreneur

The case For co-mentoring

Failure is good, but here are 10 mistakes your startup should never make.  by Tom Hogan and Carol Broadbent, Crowded Ocean

The 12 stupidest mistakes entrepreneurs make.  by  Jim Price

The Entrepreneurial Undergrad 3 — The “so you wanna be entrepreneur” essentials list.  by David Sable

Are you mentally tough enough to be an entrepreneur?  by Marty Zwilling

7 entrepreneur types drive change on a global scale. by Marty Zwilling

Leaving college for entrepreneurship? Think before you leap.  by Teddy Nykiel

Aren’t accelerators great? Maybe. by Randall Kempner and Peter Roberts

Five examples of companies with internal innovation programs. by  Jacob Morgan

Write a Business Plan in 31 Steps  by PlanWare

When Trouble Strikes: A Crisis Planner: A business crisis isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Whether it’s a robbery, a leaking room, the death of the owner or the wrath of Mother Nature, a disaster can strike at any time. This planner will help you identify possible crises affecting your business and help you either minimize their impact or avoid them crisis altogether. An essential planner for any small business. provides resources and best practice information for public and private stakeholders who are seeking to rebuild their local economies after a disaster as well as assisting the business community in preparing for a disaster. It is a one-stop shop of disaster preparedness, post-disaster economic recovery, and disaster resiliency resources, tools, event announcements as well as opportunities to connect with peers through social media groups. The following is a list of reports and guides that will assist you in your search.

Mobilize your crisis plan for improved emergency response

A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness: Economic Disaster Recovery Project

Engaging small businesses in disaster  preparedness, 2014

Federal disaster recovery funding

The disaster process & disaster aid programs

Alternate funding for disaster recovery: A guide to available federal programs and funding resources

Leadership in times of crisis: A toolkit for economic recovery and resiliency

After the headlines: Chamber execs lead disaster recovery work

How to write a disaster recovery plan and define disaster recovery strategies – Paul Kirvan