Monday, December 08, 2008

December Business at Lake County Public Library

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS for the person who has everything....check out these new business titles at the Lake County Public Library.

The Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough: How Five Young Women Got Smart, Formed a Money Club, and Took Control of Their Finances - by The Smart Cookies with Jennifer Barrett
332.024 SMAR
Two years ago, five friends created the Smart Cookies Money Group when they realized that, despite good jobs, they had $35,000 in credit card debt between them and very little savings. Spurred by an episode of Oprah featuring financial advice, the women took it upon themselves to learn the basics of spending, saving, investing, and paying down debt. In one year, they paid off nearly half of their debt, saved $15,000, contributed to retirement accounts, and even began the process of buying homes. In a straightforward and accessible manner, they present their stories, and, more importantly, the steps they took to achieve their success.

Saving the World at Work: What Companies and Individuals Can Do to Go Beyond Making a Profit to Making a Difference - by Tim Sanders
658.408 SAND
According to former Yahoo CSO Tim Sanders, the business world is facing a revolution--the "Responsibility Revolution." Sanders argues that mindful consumers want to work for, invest in, and buy goods and services from companies that focus on social responsibility as well as on the bottom line. To that end, he offers concrete suggestions--and examples--for transforming corporate cultures into ones that support both community involvement and a "green" approach to day-to-day operations. Check out the book--and his website--to learn how you, and your company, can make a difference, and a profit. Don't think you can do it? Think again.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life - by Alice Schroeder
A lot of books have been written about legendary investor Warren Buffett, but for an up-to-date portrait of the life and career of the "Oracle of Omaha," author Alice Schroeder's hefty biography is a good place to start. Thanks to her extensive access to Buffett himself, Schroeder sheds new light not only on his career, business principles, and strategies, but also on his private life, a topic on which he is usually quite silent. For another biography, try Roger Lowenstein's Buffet: The Making of an American Capitalist (first published in 1995); for something by Buffett himself, try The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America.

Planet Google: How One Company's All-Encompassing Vision Is Transforming Our Lives - by Randall Stross
338.761025 STRO
Sometimes it's hard to imagine what life was like before Google, but if you're curious about the chain of events that led to the creation and rapid growth of this Internet leader or about Google's business goals and strategies, you'll want to check out this "spellbinding behind-the-scenes look" (Publishers Weekly) at the company's history--and future. Drawing on unprecedented access to Google's CEO and the heads of its newest businesses, Planet Google traces the story of the company's ambitions and influence (including such topics as its recent acquisitions and its role in reshaping business and culture) in a fair and impartial manner.

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying - by David Bach, with Hillary Rosner
640 BACH
If you're concerned by two major issues in the news now--climate change and finance--this book will help you learn how you can improve both situations. With 50 suggestions that will help you save the planet and save money, Go Green, Live Rich runs the gamut from simple tips (turn off your computer monitor) to more labor-intensive ones (grow your own vegetables). There's something for everyone here (how about a volunteer vacation?), and author David Bach (Start Late, Finish Rich) offers resources that will help you make a success of both your financial plan and your greener lifestyle.

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