National Small Business Week – Library Resources For the Entrepreneur

National Small Business Week

by Eric Yap, Alameda County Law Library

This week, May 1-7, 2016, is National Small Business Week, a celebration of the achievements and contributions of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Small businesses are especially important in the East Bay.  According to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, small businesses account for 45.5% of employment in the East Bay, a higher percentage than either San Francisco or the South Bay.oak058046national

At Alameda County Law Library, we provide print and online resources that help small business owners every week of the year.  Patrons rely on these resources to get their businesses off the ground, choose the form of corporate entity that best suits their situation, understand business contracts, negotiate leases, and comply with employment laws.

Print resources for small business

Some popular small business print resources are:

Getting started:

The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California by Peri Pakroo
Call Number: KFC 84 B87 P35 2014 (Self-Help Area)
The Start-up Kit has materials on writing an effective business plan, picking and protecting the business name, getting licenses and permits, pricing and bidding on projects, creating business websites, and complying with legal and tax requirements for home businesses. The Kit also includes California legal forms.

Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business  by Fred S. Steingold
Call Number: KF 1659 .S745 2013 (Self-Help Area)
The topics covered in this title include raising startup capital; buying or selling a business or franchise; obtaining permits and licenses; negotiating the lease; hiring independent contractors; and insuring the business.

Choosing the form of business entity:

LLC or Corporation? by Anthony Mancuso
Call Number: KF 1380 .M364 2014 (Self-Help Area)
This book provides information to guide business owners on choosing the form of entity for the new business. It covers the basics of business entities; how each business entity provides protection against personal liability; profits, losses and tax issues; converting from one type of business entity to another; conducting business out of state, etc.

Form a Partnership by Denis Clifford; Ralph Warner
Call Number: KF 1375 Z9 C55 2008 (Self-Help Area)
A Nolo title that provides information on legal and practical issues involved in forming a business partnership, including financial and tax liability of partners, cash and property contributions, valuation of partnership assets, buying out a partner, admitting new partners, limited partnerships, and more.

Business forms:

Business Transactions (California Transactions Forms) by Alan Gutterman
Call Number: KF 801 .Z9 S75 2010
This collection has sample forms that can be modified for use in buying and selling a business, commercial leases, sales transactions, indemnity agreements, employment contracts, and more.

Employment law:

California Employment Law by Douglas J. Farmer
Call Number: KFC 556 .F37 2013
A single volume title that provides comprehensive coverage of employment law in California, including hiring, wage and hour, leaves of absence, terminations, discrimination and harassment, disability in the workplace, and other topics important to small businesses with employees.

Leasing issues:

Office Leasing:

Negotiating and Drafting the Lease by Margaret Adams, et al. (Continuing Education of the Bar)
Call Number: KFC 147 C6 O44 1996
This CEB guide provides information on how to negotiate and draft an office lease. It includes model clauses for letters of credit, base and additional rent, security deposit, assignment and subleasing, expanding the premises, utilities and service, repairs and maintenance, indemnification and insurance, and other topics relating to office leases.

In addition to these print resources, many small business resources are available online at the library.  CEB guides, including guides on Forming and Operating California Limited Liability Companies, Organizing Corporations in California, and Selecting and Forming Business Entities are available through the OnLaw database.  Nolo’s self-help guides can be accessed at the library or at home using our subscription to the Nolo EBSCO database.   We also provide access to legal guides and forms on a variety of business topics through WestlawNext and LexisAdvance.

If you are an entrepreneur thinking of starting a business, a business owner, or just need information on topics relating to small business, do visit Alameda County Law Library and check out our small business resources!


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