Top Small Business Books – My Picks for SmallBizTrends 2012 #BizBookAwards

UPDATE: 46,000 Votes later, you can see the
Small Business Book Award Winners

Small Biz Trends Book Awards 2012The fourth annual Small Business Book Awards highlights the best new Small Business books specifically beneficial for small businesses rather than applicable only or primarily to enterprise or corporate level businesses.


Instrumental in bringing us this valuable awareness of books that can make a difference are:

Anita Campbell

Anita Campbell

Anita Campell, Founder of the Small Business Book Awards and the driving force behind:

Ivana Taylor

Ivana Taylor

Ivana Taylor, publisher of and an exceptional writer in her own right. She is co-author of the book “Excel for Marketing Managers.” Do be sure to check out her DIY Marketers blog.


Over 200 small business books published within the last year have been nominated this year. There are my top picks – one in every category and three in Marketing:

Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed
(Excellent for entrepreneurs, small businesses and their employees and managers as well as the self-employed.)

Marketing Shortcuts

Engagement from Scratch

Engagement From Scratch

Managing with a Conscience

Managing With A Conscence

Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing & How to Profit From It

Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It

“One of the best things about the book is that each chapter ends with a concise set of information on resources/next steps you can take to get involved in that particular local investing approach.” ~ Elizabeth on GoodReads ~

Duct Tape Seo: WordPress SEO Done CheapDuct Tape SEO: WordPress SEO Done Dirt Cheap

Digital Impact: The Two Secrets to Online Marketing Success Digital Impact: The Two Secrets to Online Marketing Success

Become a Franchise Owner Become a Franchise Owner


Recommended: How to Sell Through Networking and ReferralsRecommended: How to Sell Through Networking and Referrals

And Death Came ThirdAnd Death Came Third

Books distill the wisdom and experience of decades into an easy to consume format; exceptional books provide actionable strategies and a map you can use to guide your small business to greater heights. I highly recommend them as the fast path to success.

I was not aware that Olivier Blandchard’s book was in the running when I originally created this post. I thought it had been out too long to qualify so I didn’t think to look for it.

I am adding it to my list as he is the only one I have seen writing about how you CAN track Social Media ROI and the impact of other actions by using timelines.

Social Media ROISocial Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization

No doubt other excellent books have been nominated so feel free to share your favorites or draw attention to your own book in the comments. I did not have time to review ALL the nominations – so your book could end up in this post.

Disclosure: Many of the images in this post and the Buy links take you to Biggerbooks – my choice as the best alternative to Amazon.  There is NOTHING unethical about a blogger using affiliate links provided they only recommend what they truly believe in.  I do not support, buy from, or recommend the highly unethical I have received free review copies of some of these books.


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Gail Gardner

Small Business Marketing Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.

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