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Ryan Holmes - Founder & CEO, HootSuite - While reading Small Business, BIG Vision, I kept thinking one thing: These guys get it! In a world where information is coming at us from all directions, you've got to know how to focus on the good stuff and filter out the rest. Let me be your filter on this one--this book is the good stuff!


Craig Newmark - Founder of Craigslist - I've never considered myself an entrepreneur.  I'm a nerd and always have been.  But I believe very much in the message of Small Business, Big Vision.  I think having a vision is what's made Craigslist so successful, and I'm applying the same principle to my new initiative CraigConnects.

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Lessons in applying passion and perseverance from prominent entrepreneurs

In the world of entrepreneurship, your vision solidifies your resolve when things get tough, and it reminds you why you went into business in the first place. Small Business, Big Vision draws on the experience of some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs and proves that with a flexible mind-set, practical skills, and the passion to keep pushing forward, entrepreneurs can find success, even in the most turbulent business landscape.

"While reading Small Business, Big Vision, I kept thinking one thing: These guys get it! In a world where information is coming at us from all directions, you've got to know how to focus on the good stuff and filter out the rest."
RYAN HOLMES, founder and CEO, HootSuite

"Matthew and Adam Toren get to the point of what separates the good from the great in business and entrepreneurship: vision. What's remarkable about the book is that it actually gives you the insight on how to take passion and turn it into tangible results."
—RYAN SHEA, President and Corporate Publisher, Entrepreneur Media, Inc., Entrepreneur.com, and Entrepreneur magazine

"In Small Business, Big Vision, Adam and Matthew Toren provide practical, real-world advice for entrepreneurs at all levels. Motivational and tremendously insightful, this book gives you the tools you need to succeed in your business."
DOUG IMBRUCE, founder, Qwiki.com

"Why anyone starting a business wouldn't want to learn from those who blazed a brilliant path before them is beyond me. Get this book and start dominating now."
JOHN JANTSCH, author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118018206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118018200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received a pre-release copy of this book for review.

I'm a business writer and I read a LOT of business books. Many of them are simply regurgitated fluff. This one is not.

Here's what you're looking at:
2 young but already experienced & successful entrepreneurs give you their take on the "big topics" of start-ups, small biz, and entrepreneurism in general.
They also give you interviews/profiles of other successful entrepreneurs. You'll get to hear from people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Anita Campbell, and Dan Schawbel. In other words - people who KNOW what they're talking about.

Each chapter gives you an overview, a profile or two, and often some step-by-step instruction on how to do what you need to do. I especially liked their advice on investors (do you need them or should you bootstrap?) and business plans (are they really necessary?). Balanced, insightful.

Great book for small biz owners, beginning entrepreneurs, those in the trenches with their start-ups... or those who are tired of dreaming about it and ready to start moving forward.
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Over the years I have read business books voraciously. And every now and then one comes along that I find particularly useful. That's certainly is the case with Small Business, Big Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs by Adam and Matthew Toren. So what is it that makes this book a powerful?

Advice from the Trenches

Many of you know me as a leadership resource and ensure you imagine that I sit in soft chairs and tell other people lofty ideas about themselves. Here's the part you may not know. That leadership role is very recent. I came up the hard way and learned business in the trenches. And from there I expanded into the natural space of coaching which always seemed so familiar to me. So when I look at a business book I want to know that the entire breadth of business acumen is nested in what I'm reading. I look to see an appreciation of both the `nuts and bolts' of business as well as the personal development that I know is the driver of good outcomes.

More about Camels

I am sure have all heard the saying "follow your bliss, but don't forget to tether the camel". For many years I toiled at the task of tethering camels. I was a merger/acquisition specialist as well as an executive manager of many companies. I learned my leadership style by working like a donkey. I must confess and I'm sure this comes as no surprise that I respect the basic hard work of building a company. So when I read this book my expectation was that it would be heavy on vision and light on the hard-core execution pieces necessary to get the job done.

Surprise!

But as I said every now and then someone pays attention to the whole symphony of entrepreneurial music.
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I've read countless of business books and this has to be one of the most enjoyable ones I've read in some time. It was an easy read in that it only took me a couple of days to read, which I found to be particularly refreshing; no complicated business jargon, just down-to-earth, straight up talk!

This book is not only pragmatic and practical in giving you solutions to creating a successful business, but inspirational in that it showcases other entrepreneurs whom have found true success; most of them by bootstrapping their business along the way! After reading many of these stories listed in the book, I was left with a new-found feeling of hope that with vision, patience, persistence and courage, anyone can find success in their business. Well done!
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Loved this book a lot!

I am currently in university studying economics and commerce however my family are business owners. I am surrounded by the environment of creating an idea or brand and bringing it to the market. I've seen the struggles and the hardships that entrepreneurs endure and the way that these guys have put it in the book words it perfectly. I don't care who you are or how much education you have, experience can never outweigh education, and this is a book that helps and answers questions for anyone starting their own business.

I wish these guys the best of luck, or moreover anyone the best of luck in their personal endeavors. But just remember -

"If you think you will retain a proper work-life balance in the first 36 months of setting up your own business, you are wrong"
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Here is some great practical guidance from real entrepreneurs to real people. It goes way beyond the "vision" to offer guidance on when and how to bootstrap your business, and when and how to find investors. Very realistic, based on my own many years in this business.
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This is the most USEFUL book on entrepreneurship that I've ever read (My previous favorite was Crush It!).

The most useful aspect of SMALL-BUSINESS-BIG-VISION, is it's recognition that businesses and business people are all different. I love to learn from successful entrepreneurs, but most books in this genre lack variety in their perspective. Every writer's advice carries with it the bias of that person's experiences, predispositions, and inbred skill-set.

Small Business, Big Vision, on the other hand, is crammed full of tips and case studies from some of the biggest names in the modern entrepreneurial arena (Ryan Shea, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Craig Newmark to name a few).

I read this book two months ago, and I have literally doubled my monthly income by applying techniques from this book. It is the real deal...unbiased, factual, and infinitely beneficial. Thank you Adam and Mathew Toren!
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