Women running small businesses and breaking through the glass ceiling have proven to be inspirational leaders and decision makers in the past. These are some wonderful books on women who have made strides and inspiration for women who plan on making such an impact.

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101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women, 3rd Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Started on the Road to Success
By Priscilla Huff

Can I be a stay-at-home mom and still earn extra income?
Which home business is best for me?
Where can I find expert advice on launching my own business?
How much will it cost to get started?

Valuable advice on what works—and what doesn't—is available to you.

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A Girl Needs Cash: How to Take Charge of Your Financial Life
By Joan Perry and Dolores Barclay

In A Girl Needs Cash, Perry provides women at all stages of life with an unusual program that goes beyond just the basics of personal finance. She breaks through the myths and misconceptions that have kept women financial captives and gives the scoop on growing wealth.

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Chocolate for a Woman's Courage : 77 Stories That Honor Your Strength and Wisdom
By Kay Allenbaugh

Every woman knows that courage isn't just something you find in a crisis, it's something you tap into every day of your life. In this triumphant salute to mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and colleagues, these 77 true-life stories celebrate women at their best -- willing to take risks, stand up for family and friends, find the love they need, claim their true spirit, laugh at their own foibles, and celebrate someone else's success.

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Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World
By Marie C. Wilson

Despite the common view that women already permeate every level of leadership in this country, in fact the United States ranks fifty-ninth in the world in terms of female political representation, and women lead only eight Fortune 500 companies. In this inspiring call-to action, leading women’s advocate Marie C. Wilson explains why we need more women leading alongside men now, not just for the sake of fairness but for the larger social good.

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Cold Calling for Women: Opening Doors & Closing Sales
By Wendy Weiss

Cold Calling is a powerful, inexpensive and easy way to develop new contacts and expand resources. In today's market, generating new business requires planning and skill. For over 10 years, Wendy Weiss has been a marketing consultant specializing in cold calling and appointment setting.

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Designed for Success: The 10 Commandments for Women in the Workplace
By Dondi Scumaci

You are not imagining it. Women do face unique challenges at work. The playing field is not always even, the rules are often unspoken, and the path is rarely well marked. In Designed for Success, Dondi Scumaci gives you the tools you need to take charge of your future and achieve the success and satisfaction you deserve. Learn how to get ahead in today's workplace and make a difference to the organizations you serve and the lives you touch-without changing who you are.

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Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body

The 8 million fans of TLC’s hottest show, What Not to Wear, know it as the place to go for real-life fashion advice. In Dress Your Best, Clinton and Stacy match a wide range of female and male body types with the perfect work, casual, and evening attire, showing you exactly how to make your best parts “work” for you.

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Heart of a Woman
By Sheryl L. Roush

Heart of a Woman in Business is an inspirational collection celebrating working women and their unique contributions to the global workplace. This here s how, sisters-sharing-with-sisters book shares their authentic stories, and offers here s how and I did it, you can too! Selections offer strategies, practical information, career-bolstering lessons, insights, affirmations, poems, prayers and quotations. Whether you already own a business, planning to start one, or working in a job you love. Chapters include: The Driving Force; Fulfilling Your Soul; Polishing Business Skills; Workplace Wit; Best Practices; Transitions from the Day Job to Your Own Job; The Entrepreneurial Spirit; Business Builders; Nurturing Our Mind, Body & Spirit; and Whispers of Wisdom. Submissions include: career dreams come true; self-worth; goal setting; the history of women in business and as inventors; leadership and ambition; humor in the workplace; change, stress and time management; inner guidance and intuition; business promotion; hiring and firing; ways to rejuvenate and recharge; fitness tips at your desk; mid-life career transitions; and being a working mother. The 240-page book features top talent and experts, including: celebrity personal trainer Jeanie Callen Barat; financial alchemist Morgana Rae; presentation skills from Juliet Funt (daughter of Candid Camera s Alan Funt); having a leap of faith, from Sharon Wilson of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction; Life at the Pentagon from Jo Condrill; Hill Street Blues costume designer Karen Hudson; and sage advice from Oprah. Quotations of inspiration include: Mary Kay Ash; Debbie Fields; Steve Forbes; Michael Gerber; Lousie Hay; Kathy Ireland; Andrea Jung, Avon; Anthony Robbins; Martha Stewart; Donald Trump; Madam C.J. Walker, first black female millionaire; Marianne Williamson; plus the Founders/CEOs of Amazon, com, Apple, Craig s List, Dell Computer, Google, McDonald s, Microsoft, Starbucks; The Body Shop, Virgin Airlines, and Wal-Mart.

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How She Does It: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Changing the Rules of Business Success
By Margaret Heffernan

In How She Does It, Heffernan finds a striking congruence between the things that women excel at and the demands of the new economy. After interviewing hundreds of women running businesses of all sizes and in all markets, she discovers a few attributes that hold true across the board.

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How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Personal Success

Make the best impression at work -- on Mars or Venus.

John Gray, who changed the way people view gender differences with his #1 international bestseller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, now brings his insights to the business world.  In How to Get What You Want at Work, Gray analyzes the ways men and women misunderstand and misinterpret each other in the workplace, and he offers practical advice on reducing unnecessary conflict and frustration.

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How to Run Your Business Like a Girl: Successful Strategies from Entrepreneurial Women Who Made It Happen
By Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin

Do women really run their businesses differently than men? Yes! They do it by trusting their intuition, focusing on relationships, and putting more emphasis on life balance. In this book, successful entrepreneur Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin gives you the true, nitty-gritty details of what it really means to start and run a business like a girl, including:

  • The Labor Pains of a Successful Startup - Summoning the strength, endurance, and positive thinking necessary to breathe life into a new business.
  • Grab Your Partner and Do-Si-Do - Why a partnership might-or might not-be right for you.
  • How to Be the Boss Without Being a Bitch - Maintaining your authority while building supportive relationships with your team.
  • What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger - Learn how others survived tough times-from financial woes to staff turnover.
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How to Say It For Women: Communicating with Confidence and Power Using the Language of Success
By Phyllis Mindell

Phyllis Mindell, an acclaimed expert on professional communications, shows women how to transform themselves by transforming their language; shed weak words, phrases, and gestures; empower themselves to win attention and respect; and get their ideas across with confidence and power.

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Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs: How Eleven Women Escaped Poverty and Became Their Own Bosses
By Martha Shirk and Anna S. Wadia

Over the last five years, the number of women-owned businesses has grown at twice the rate of all U.S. firms; in the next few years, the number is expected to surpass the six million mark. Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs tells the inspirational stories of eleven low-income women who have marshaled the creative energy, confidence, and capital necessary to start their own small businesses.

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Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity as a Lifestyle
By Victoria Colligan, Beth Schoenfeldt, Amy Swift

Ladies Who Launch is the first company to define the feminine approach to launching a business and to make the connection between starting a business and bringing creativity into your life with self-esteem and happiness.  The nationally acclaimed Ladies Who Launch program has enabled thousands of women across the country to break out of 9-5 and thrive in entrepreneurial enterprises that reflect their true passions, skills, and desires.  Located in more than 40 cities in the United States, the Ladies Who Launch incubators – workshops that give women the support and encouragement they need to embark on making their dreams reality – have inspired women to start businesses, grow existing companies, and tap into their creativity to develop essential services and products and enjoy the lifestyle of their dreams while doing it.

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Make a Name for Yourself: Eight Steps Every Woman Needs to Create a Personal Brand Strategy for Success
By Robin Fisher Roffer

One of America’s leading brand strategists shares her step-by-step program for creating an unforgettable identity in today’s marketplace.  For any woman who has ever gone to work in the morning and thought "there must be more," branding expert Robin Fisher Roffer reveals the eight surefire steps for developing a unique, personal brand strategy for success by identifying your extraordinary attributes, thinking about your values and passions, and learning how to use them to build a successful and fulfilling professional life. Whether you’re starting out in the workforce, beginning your own business, changing careers, or tying to make it in the corporate world, Roffer will help you to uncover a focused direction for your career that celebrates you.

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Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen
By Thomas J. Stanley

Millionaire Women Next Door explores the meaning of wealth and the avenues that female entrepreneurs and businesspeople have traveled. The book examines their choices, natures, working styles, and lifestyles.

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More than 85 Broads
By Janet Hanson

More Than 85 Broads introduces us to a remarkable group of strong, passionate, and talented women who all define success on their own terms. Along with author Janet Hanson's riveting account of how she built 85 Broads into a groundbreaking global network community, each of these women candidly tells her own powerful story.

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Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn From Life
By Peg Streep, Nancy L. Snyderman

For years, Nancy Snyderman has been a familiar and trusted presence in the lives of women. Now, in a new book filled with warmth and honesty, she turns her attention to those continuing journeys of self-discovery and fulfillment that are part of every womans life.

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Off-ramps and On-ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success

With talent shortages looming over the next decade, what can companies do to attract and retain the large number of professional women who are forced off the career highway? By documenting the successful efforts of a group of cutting-edge global companies to retain talented women and reintegrate them if they’ve already left, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps answers this critical question.

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Secrets of Millionaire Moms
By Tamara Monosoff

What's the difference between the most successful mom entrepreneurs and you? They believed in their ideas enough to commit to them and even in the face of adversity rarely accepted “no” for an answer. In Secrets of Millionaire Moms, mom entrepreneur Tamara Monosoff interviewed some of the most successful “Millionaire Moms” of our time including the founders of Lulu's Desserts®, Baby Einstein®, Shabby Chic®, and Airborne Health®. What she learned will help you make that leap from great idea to booming business, including

  • Priceless advice about business management, finances, and growth
  • Tips on balancing the business with family
  • What inspired the Millionaire Moms to take action-and what keeps them going
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See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work
By Lois P. Frankel

The workplace is changing. From the boardrooms to nonprofit organizations to the military, the typical male management style is now obsolete. There is a new generation of employees who reject hierarchical leadership and respond to the behaviors and characteristics that women traditionally exhibit. In other words, the time for women to take charge is now!

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The Art of War for Women: Sun Tzu's Ancient Strategies and Wisdom for Winning at Work

Forget everything you think you know about strength, strategy and success. This brilliant adaptation of the ancient masterpiece The Art of War shows women how to use Sun Tzu’s philosophy to win in every aspect of life.

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The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business
By Emira Mears

Female entrepreneurs start businesses at twice the rate of their male counterparts , and in this book they will find a practical compendium of everything there is to know about launching and sustaining a small business. Mears and Bacon emphasize building an individualized business plan and developing a firm foundation by establishing clear goals, frankly evaluating your skills and refining answers to the Big Questions: what are you really selling? Who is your target audience? How should you best package your business's public image? The authors cover the fundamentals of crafting a mission statement, developing branding, handling finances and legal issues, hiring good employees and expanding your business with admirable clarity, bolstered by success stories, helpful exercises and sample budgets. Women with dreams of owning their own businesses and looking for a place to start will find much to aid them—and much to enjoy—in this thoughtful guide. (May)

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The DNA of Relationships for Couples
By Robert S. Paul, Greg Smalley

This book shows readers who are struggling in their marriage the steps to take to strengthen and rebuild their marriage relationship. The practical solutions are built on the basic steps that are explained in The DNA of Relationships. Smalley uses fictional couples (based on real client experience) who are grappling with real-life problems ranging from work and family priority balance issues to extramarital affairs. Through the telling of the stories of real couples going through the step-by-step counseling process, the book provides a tool to help both partners identify destructive relationship habits and explains how to begin the rebuilding process.

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The DNA Of Relationships: D.N.A. Of Relationships

"Everything in life that truly matters can be boiled down to relationships." That’s why Gary Smalley says it’s so important to learn safe, healthy relating patterns. The DNA of Relationships will help you to understand how you’re designed to be in three exciting and fulfilling types of relationships. It teaches you the main barriers to great relationships and how to construct satisfying relationships with those close to you – your spouse, best friend, your son, even co-workers and neighbors.

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The Feel Good Guide To Prosperity

The principles Eva writes about aren’t new. But she writes about them in a way that is clear, fun and accessible to anyone. Eva clearly articulates just how you can:

  • Apply the three most powerful Laws in the Universe
  • Stop getting what you don’t want and start getting what you do want
  • Become a filter for clarifying what you want
  • Attract your ideal partner
  • Increase prosperity in every area of you life
  • Develop an attractive attitude
  • Develop a magnetic lifestyle
  • And much more…
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The Power of A Positive Mom

If you are a mother, you may not look in the mirror everyday and see yourself as having a great influence on the world, but you do! No one has a greater impact on the home than a mother, and that impact can be defeatingly negative or powerfully positive. This book will help ensure that your impact is positive.

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The Power of Focus for Women: How to Create the Life You Really Want with Absolute Certainty
By Fran Hewitt and Les Hewitt

Many women today feel their life is constantly in fast-forward mode-juggling careers, family and personal time. The Power of Focus for Women offers practical solutions for the real day-to-day issues that confront women from all walks of life.  Topics include Reality versus Fantasy, The 5 Deadly Burdens, Shedding the Masks We Wear, Setting New Boundaries, Creating an Excellent Balance, Knowing What You Want and Why and many more!

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The Single Woman's Guide to Real Estate: All You Need to: Buy Your First Home, Buy a Vacation Home, Keep a Home After a Divorce, Invest in Property
By Susan Hawthorne and Donna Raskin

Being in the Real Estate Industry is tough enough, let alone being a single mother in the Industry!
Single Mother, Donna Raskin, and prominent real estate entrepreneur, Susan Hawthorne, give you firsthand advice on how to invest your hard-earned money wisely, no matter how volatile the real estate market may be.

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The Woman's Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What It Takes to Grow Your Business

Whether you already own a business or are planning to start one, The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What It Takes to Grow Your Business is the book for you. Author and leading women’s business expert Mary Cantando shows you how to harness often-overlooked resources—certification, referrals, and mentorship—and achieve lasting rewards by learning the lessons of top women entrepreneurs.

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The Working Gal's Guide to Babyville: Your Must-Have Manual for Life with Baby
By Paige Hobey and Allison, M.D. Nied

The Working Gal's Guide to Babyville is your essential year-one resource for life with baby---combining stories and sisterly advice from the trenches, easy-to-execute infant-care recommendations from a pediatrician, and career and budget guidance from a pro. Learn how to nurture a supersleeper, enthusiastic eater, and all-around contented child while managing your life and career with wildly unexpected, Zen-like control!

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The Working Mother's Guide to Life: Strategies, Secrets, and Solutions
By Linda Mason

Linda Mason, a working mom and founder of an award-winning company that cares for the children of working parents across the country, provides a reassuring, practical, and comprehensive guide for working moms based on interviews with more than 100 successful working mothers from diverse backgrounds. Here are countless strategies and tips from these experts on everything from household chores and returning to work with a newborn to finding communities of support.

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Unstoppable Women: Achieve Any Breakthrough Goal in 30 Days
By Cynthia Kersey

Want to secure a promotion, write a book, go back to school, lose weight, set up a business? Whatever the goal, Cynthia Kersey's new book, Unstoppable Women, can help readers achieve it.  The book shows how to identify a goal, create a winning mind-set, and break the goal down into daily actions that will lead to success.  Each day, a reader discovers a new characteristic of an unstoppable woman.

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Use What You've Got, and Other Business Lessons I Learned from My Mom
By Barbara Corcoran

In Use What You've Got, Corcoran illustrates her mother's wisdom and insight with twenty-five "how tos" for getting ahead in business. Each lesson is brought to life with real business scenarios, an outrageous childhood adventure story, and tips garnered from Corcoran's years in the most competitive real estate market in the world.

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Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny

Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new book. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from making more out of the money they make. At the center of the book is The Save Yourself Plan—a streamlined, five-month program that delivers genuine long-term financial security. But what’s at stake is far bigger than money itself: It’s about every woman’s sense of who she is and what she deserves, and why it all begins with the decision to save yourself.

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Women Entrepreneurs Only: 12 Women Entrepreneurs Tell the Stories of Their Success

"I have looked upon every job as an opportunity. I've always looked upon work as a privilege and that's why I'm still at it.... There is nothing else I want to do," says 88-year-old business maven Ebby Halliday. Women Entrepreneurs Only profiles Halliday and 11 other highly successful entrepreneurs--women who demonstrate how their inspiration and dedication continue to serve them and their businesses. 

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Women's Guide to Running
By Jeff Galloway, Barbara Galloway

 A comprehensive book about running with the focus firmly placed on running with a woman's point of view.

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Branding and Marketing Mastery: A Guide To Getting It
By Cheri Alguire, Dawn Andrews, Julie Bartolome, Jane Lee Williams, Kim Lysik Di Santi, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Miriam Reiss, Marilyn Schwader and Judy Winslow

With thousands of businesses opening every year, how does your business stand out from the crowd and become a huge success? Branding & Marketing Mastery shows you how to create more visibility and make your business more accessible. Through their stories, perspectives, and specific tips, the authors provide ideas and techniques that will provide a new perspective on how to promote your business using a foundation of authenticity, creativity, and common sense.

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